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. Nathalie Destouches, Université de Saint Etienne, France
  10. Davy Gerard, University of Technology of Troyes, France
  11. Yurii Gun'ko, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
  12. Hayk Harutyunyan, Emory University, USA
  13. Safi Jradi, Université de Technologie de Troyes, France
  14. Jaebeom Lee, Pusan National University, Korea 
  15. Dangyuan Lei, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
  16. Marina S. Leite, University of Maryland, USA
  17. Dongling Ma (Keynote Speaker), Institut National de la Recherche scientifique (INRS), Canada
  18. Hiro Minamimoto, Hokkaido University, Japan
  19. Alberto Naldoni, Regional Centre of Advanced Technologies and Materials, Czech Republic
  20. Arup Neogi, University of North Texas, USA
  21. Nicholas Carlos Pazos Perez, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain
  22. Stefano Palomba, The University of Sydney, Australia
  23. Mauricio Pilo-Pais, Munich University, Germany
  24. Luca Razzari, INRS-Énergie, Canada
  25. Richard Schaller, Northwestern University and Argonne Laboratory, USA
  26. Olivier Soppera, Université de Haute Alsace - CNRS, France
  27. Mohamed Swillam, American University in Cairo, Egypt
  28. Mona Tréguer-Delapierre, Université de Bordeaux, France
  29. Konstantin Vytovtov, Astrakhan State Technical University, Russia
  30. Hong Wei, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
  31. Jiang Wu, University College London, UK
  32. Nianqiang (Nick) Wu, West Virginia University, USA
  33. Gregory Wurtz, University North Florida, USA
  34. 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. Amit Agrawal, National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA
  3. Imad Agha, University of Dayton, USA
  4. Mohamed Bakr, McMaster University, Canada
  5. Pierre Berini, University of Ottawa, Canada
  6. Alexandra Boltasseva (Keynote Speaker), Purdue University, USA
  7. Debashis Chanda, University of Central Florida, USA
  8. Wei-Ting Chen, Harvard University, USA
  9. Hou-Tong Chen, Los Alamos Lab, USA
  10. Paul Davids, Sandia National Laboratories, USA
  11. Abdulhakem Elezzabi, Univeristy of Alberta, Canada
  12. Dentcho Genov, Louisiana Tech University, USA
  13. Thierry Grosjean, FEMTO-ST, France
  14. Trevor Hall (or Hamdam Nikkhah), University of Ottawa, Canada
  15. Ruibin Jiang, Shaanxi Normal Univerisity, China
  16. Maria Kafesaki, FORTH, Greece
  17. Stephanie Law, University of Delaware, USA
  18. Willie Luk, Sandia National Laboratories, USA
  19. Boris Lukiyanchuk (Keynote Speaker), A-Star Institute, Singapore
  20. Ting Mei, Northwestern Polytechnical University, China
  21. Marco Miniaci, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  22. Salah Obayya, Zewail City of Science and Technology, Egypt
  23. Taiichi Otsuji, Tohoku University, Japan
  24. Ekmel Ozbay, Bilkent University, Turkey
  25. Evangelos Papaioannou, TU Kaiserslautern, Germany
  26. Min Qiu, Zhejiang University, China
  27. Osamu Sakai, The University of Shiga Prefecture, Japan
  28. Alvar Sanchez, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain
  29. Alessio Stefani, University of Sydney, Australia
  30. Chris Stevens, Oxford University, UK
  31. Volker Sorger, George Washington University, USA
  32. Mona Tréguer-Delapierre, Université de Bordeaux, France
  33. Giorgos Tsironis, University of Crete, Greece
  34. Thierry Verbiest, KU Leuven, Belgium
  35. Qiwen Zhan, University of Dayton, USA




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