Special Symposia

Symposium I: Hybrid and Metastructured Materials for photonics, sensors and energy

Symposium Co-Chairs

Xing Yi Ling
Nanyang Technological University


Jérôme Plain
Technological University of Troyes


Alexander Govorov
Ohio University


This Special Symposium focuses on both experimental and theoretical studies on optically active hybrid nanomaterials, such as semiconductors, metals, dielectrics, polymers, biomolecules, etc. The Symposium is dedicated to a wide range of fundamental investigations and applications of the optically active materials, including the bottom-up syntheses, top-down nanofabrication, chemical and physical examinations of new properties of such new hybrid optically active nanomaterials.  

The central issues to be addressed in the Symposium are new physical and chemical functionalities arising from novel nanostructure and/or interactions between nanoscale building blocks. Examples of functional nanomaterials include colloidal quantum dots, metal nanocrystals, layered structures, nanocrystal complexes, lithographic metastructures and metasurfaces, hybrid nanostructures, bio-assemblies of nanocrystals and dye molecules, bio-conjugates, etc. In addition, the studies on the applications of these novel hybrid nanomaterials in the field of biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering are welcomed.


  1. Plasmonic nanocrystal assemblies and metastructures with novel optical properties and applications;    
  2. Chiral nanocrystals and metamaterials;    
  3. Hybrid structures with exciton and plasmon resonances; quantum and classical regimes of interactions;    
  4. New materials for optically active nanostructures, including Al and TiN;    
  5. Hot plasmonic electrons in nanostructures;    
  6. Time-resolved studies for fast and ultra-fast dynamics in plasmonic and excitonic systems, involving hot electrons, phonons and excitons;    
  7. Quantum effects in plasmonic systems;       
  8. Using nanocrystals to design and assemble optical meta-materials, meta-devices and meta-surfaces;    
  9. Thermoplasmonics and photogeneration of heat in nanostructures;    
  10. Hybrid nanomaterials for catalysis, solar energy conversion, photovoltaics, photochemistry and photocatalysis;    
  11. Hybrid nanomaterials for phototherapy, biophysics, biological sensing, bioimaging, and other biological applications;    
  12. Hybrid nanomaterials for spectroscopic applications, including surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS), Infrared, THz, super-resolution microscopy, and etc;    
  13. Bio-assemblies of excitonic and plasmonic nanocrystals.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Pierre Michel Adam, University of Technology of Troyes, France
  2. Ramon Alvarez-Puebla, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain
  3. Renaud Bachelot (Keynote Speaker), University of Technology of Troyes, France
  4. Lucas Besteiro, INRS-Énergie, Canada
  5. Jean Sébastien Bouillard, University of Hull, UK
  6. Roberto Caputo, University of Calabria, Italy
  7. Huanjun Chen, Sun Yat-sen University, China
  8. Miguel Correa-Duarte, Universidade de Vigo, Spain
  9. Monica Fleischer, Universität Tübingen, Germany
  10. Davy Gerard, University of Technology of Troyes, France
  11. Yurii Gun'ko, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
  12. Hayk Harutyunyan, Emory University, USA
  13. Jaebeom Lee, Pusan National University, Korea 
  14. Dangyuan Lei, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
  15. Marina S. Leite, University of Maryland, USA
  16. Dongling Ma (Keynote Speaker), Institut National de la Recherche scientifique (INRS), Canada
  17. Hiro Minamimoto, Hokkaido University, Japan
  18. Alberto Naldoni, Regional Centre of Advanced Technologies and Materials, Czech Republic
  19. Arup Neogi, University of North Texas, USA
  20. Nicholas Carlos Pazos Perez, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain
  21. Stefano Palomba, The University of Sydney, Australia
  22. Mauricio Pilo-Pais, Munich University, Germany
  23. Luca Razzari, INRS-Énergie, Canada
  24. Richard Schaller, Northwestern University and Argonne Laboratory, USA
  25. Olivier Soppera, Université de Haute Alsace - CNRS, France
  26. Mohamed Swillam, American University in Cairo, Egypt
  27. Mona Tréguer-Delapierre, Université de Bordeaux, France
  28. Konstantin Vytovtov, Astrakhan State Technical University, Russia
  29. Hong Wei, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
  30. Jiang Wu, University College London, UK
  31. Nianqiang (Nick) Wu, West Virginia University, USA
  32. Gregory Wurtz, University North Florida, USA
  33. Chuanlai Xu, JiangNan University, China



Symposium II: Novel Design and Applications of Metamaterials, Metasurfaces and Metadevices using Hybrid and New Materials

Symposium Chair

Mohamed Swillam
The American University in Cairo


With current progress in the field of metamaterials, various materials have been utilized in conjunction with metal in order to improve the performance of the metastructures. For example, all dielectric metastructures have been utilized for various novel applications. Metal oxides have been exploited to reduce the losses in metamaterials. On the other hand, doped semiconductor is considered as a promising solution for planar metastructures with effective fabrication methodology. Recently, novel all dielectric metastructures and metadevices have been proposed in the NIR and MIR for different applications including sensing, and imaging. In this session we focus on novel applications of the metastructures and metadevices. These applications may include sensing, imaging, cloaking, and energy harvesting in the visible and infrared regimes. We encourage authors to submit abstracts and manuscripts demonstrating their research achievements concerning, but not limited to, the following topical areas.


  1. Metasurfaces for sensing and imaging applications;
  2. Metadevices for energy harvesting;
  3. Metamaterial for thermal energy harvesting and managements;
  4. Metamaterial for Near and Midinfrared applications;
  5. All dielectrics metamaterial and devices;
  6. Integrated metadevices;
  7. Organic metamaterials;
  8. Nano wires based metamaterials;
  9. Graphene based metamaterials;
  10. Modelling techniques of metamaterials and devices.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Ali Adibi, Goergea Tech, USA
  2. Imad Agha, University of Dayton, USA
  3. Mohamed Bakr, McMaster University, Canada
  4. Pierre Berini, University of Ottawa, Canada
  5. Alexandra Boltasseva (Keynote Speaker), Purdue University, USA
  6. Wei-Ting Chen, Harvard University, USA
  7. Abdulhakem Elezzabi, Univeristy of Alberta, Canada
  8. Dentcho Genov, Louisiana Tech University, USA
  9. Stephanie Law, University of Delaware, USA
  10. Willie Luk, Sandia National Laboratories, USA
  11. Boris Lukiyanchuk (Keynote Speaker), A-Star Institute, Singapore
  12. Ekmel Ozbay, Bilkent University, Turkey
  13. Min Qui, Zhejiang University, China
  14. Alvar Sanchez, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain
  15. Alessio Stefani, University of Sydney, Australia
  16. Chris Stevens, Oxford University, UK
  17. Volker Sorger, George Washington University, USA
  18. Giorgos Tsironis, University of Crete, Greece
  19. Qiwen Zhan, University of Dayton, USA