Plenary & Keynote Talks

META 2022 will feature several Plenary Talks and Keynote Lectures by world leading experts on nanophotonics and metamaterials providing insights into the latest trends and strategies actionable to deal with the practical challenges faced by the community.

Plenary Lectures

Plenary Lecture 1:


Harry Atwater Harry Atwater

California Institute of Technology, USA


Harry Atwater is the Otis Booth Leadership Chair of the Division of Engineering and Applied Science, and the Howard Hughes Professor of Applied Physics and Materials Science at the California Institute of Technology. Atwater’s scientific effort focuses on nanophotonic light-matter interactions. His work spans fundamental nanophotonic phenomena and applications, including active wavefront shaping of light using metasurfaces, optical propulsion of lightsails, quantum and 2D nanophotonics as well as solar energy conversion.

Atwater was an early pioneer in nanophotonics and plasmonics and gave a name to the field of plasmonics in 2001. He is Chair of the LightSail Committee for the Breakthrough Starshot program. Currently Atwater is also the Director for the Liquid Sunlight Alliance (LiSA), a Department of Energy Hub program for solar fuels, and was also the founding Editor in Chief of the journal ACS Photonics. Atwater is a Member of the US National Academy of Engineering, a Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher, and the recipient of the 2021 von Hippel Award of the Materials Research Society.

Plenary Lecture 2: Picocavities: confining light below the size of an atom


Baumberg Jeremy J. Baumberg

University of Cambridge, UK


Jeremy J. Baumberg FRS, directs a UK Nano-Photonics Centre at the University of Cambridge and has extensive experience in developing optical materials structured on the nano-scale that can be assembled in large volume. He is also Director of the Cambridge Nano Doctoral Training Centre, a key UK site for training PhD students in interdisciplinary Nano research. Strong experience with Hitachi, IBM, his own spin-offs Mesophotonics and Base4, as well as strong industrial engagement give him a unique position to combine academic insight with industry application in a two-way flow. With over 20000 citations, he is a leading innovator in Nano. This has led to awards of the IoP Faraday gold Medal (2017), Royal Society Rumford Medal (2014), IoP Young Medal (2013), Royal Society Mullard Prize (2005), the IoP Charles Vernon Boys Medal (2000) and the IoP Mott Lectureship (2005). He frequently talks on NanoScience to the media, and is a strategic advisor on NanoTechnology to the UK Research Councils. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Optical Society of America, and the Institute of Physics. His recent popular science book “The Secret Life of Science: How Science Really Works and Why it Matters” is just published by PUP, see

Plenary Lecture 3: Advancing Photonic Design and Quantum Circuitry with Machine Learning


Boltasseva Alexandra Boltasseva

Purdue University, USA

Alexandra Boltasseva is a Professor at the School of Electrical&Computer Engineering at Purdue University. She received her PhD in electrical engineering at Technical University of Denmark, DTU in 2004. Boltasseva specializes in nanophotonics, nanofabrication, optical materials, plasmonics and metamaterials. She is 2018 Blavatnik National Award for Young Scientists Finalist and received the 2013 IEEE Photonics Society Young Investigator Award, 2013 Materials Research Society (MRS) Outstanding Young Investigator Award, the MIT Technology Review Top Young Innovator (TR35), the Young Researcher Award in Advanced Optical Technologies from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, and the Young Elite-Researcher Award from the Danish Council for Independent Research. She is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA) and Fellow of SPIE. She served on MRS Board of Directors and is Editor-in-Chief for OSA’s Optical Materials Express.

Plenary Lecture 4: Device technology and vision for a better life empowered by meta-photonics


Duheon Song Duheon Song

Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology, Korea

Duheon Song received B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Electronics Engineering from Seoul National University in Korea. Before joining Samsung, he worked at LG Semicon Company, and worked as a postdoc at MIT. Since joining Samsung Electronics in 2000, he has made significant contributions to the development of the next-generation DRAM/NAND-flash memories and their successful mass production. Since 2020, he has been leading the Device Research Center at Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology, and his current research effort focuses on developing beyond-Si semiconductor devices, Si-/nano-/meta-photonic devices for diverse mobile applications, and quantum computing technologies.

Plenary Lecture 5: Bose-Einstein Condensation, Lasing and Topological Photonics with Plasmonic Lattices


Törmä Päivi Törmä

Aalto University, Finland

Päivi Törmä is a professor at the Department of Applied Physics, Aalto University, Finland. Her research ranges from theoretical quantum many-body physics to experiments in nanophotonics. Her theory work has revealed a new connection between quantum geometry and superconductivity that explains why flat bands can carry supercurrent. In her experiments, Törmä has worked on strong coupling of surface plasmon polariton modes and molecules, and her group has realized lasing and Bose-Einstein condensation phenomena in plasmonic nanoparticle arrays. Törmä has a PhD from the University of Helsinki. She obtained the EURYI award in 2005, the ERC Advanced Grant in 2013, and the Academy Professorship of the Academy of Finland in 2017. She led the Nanoscience Centre of University of Jyväskylä 2002-2005 and the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Computational Nanoscience 2014-2017 and was a guest professor at ETH Zürich in 2015. In 2021, Törmä was elected as a member of the Academia Europaea.

Plenary Lecture 6: Picophotonics


Zheludev Nikolay Zheludev

University of Southampton, UK and NTU, Singapore

Nikolay Zheludev’s research interest are in nanophotonics and metamaterials. He is the Director of the Centre for Photonic metamaterials and Deputy Director of the Optoelectronics Research Centre in Southampton University, UK. He is also co-Director of The Photonics Institute and directs the Centre for Disruptive Photonic Technologies at Nanyang Technological University. His personal awards include the Thomas Young medal (IOP) for "global leadership and pioneering, seminal work in optical metamaterials and nanophotonics", the Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship; Senior Research Professorship of the EPSRC; The Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award & Fellowship. He is a Fellow of the European Physical Society (EPS), the Optical Society (OSA) and the Institute of Physics (London). He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Optics (IOP) and an Advisory Board Member for Nanophotonics, ACS Photonics and Nature Publishing Group Scientific Reports. In 2007 created European Physical Society international meeting at the crossroads of nanophotonics and metamaterials, NANOMETA. He was among a small group of research community leaders who provided initial impetus to the International Year of Light, declared by United Nations for 2015.

Keynote Lectures

Keynote Lecture 1: Flat Optics for Dynamic Wavefront Manipulation


Mark Brongersma Mark Brongersma

Stanford University, USA

Mark Brongersma is the Stephen Harris Professor in the Departments of Materials Science and Applied Physics at Stanford University. He leads a research team of ten students and five postdocs. Their research is directed towards the development and physical analysis of new materials and structures that find use in nanoscale electronic and photonic devices. He is on the list of Global Highly Cited Researchers (Clarivate Analytics). He received a National Science Foundation Career Award, the Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching, the International Raymond and Beverly Sackler Prize in the Physical Sciences (Physics) for his work on plasmonics, and is a Fellow of the OSA, the SPIE, and the APS. Dr. Brongersma received his PhD from the FOM Institute AMOLF in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, in 1998. From 1998-2001 he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the California Institute of Technology.

Keynote Lecture 2: 3D wavefront shaping with soft sub-wavelength acoustic lenses


Thomas Brunet Thomas Brunet

Bordeaux University, France

Thomas Brunet, After completing his PhD in physics about acoustics of granular media at University Paris-Est in 2006, Thomas Brunet spent three years as a postdoctoral researcher at Institut des NanoSciences de Paris where he started to pay attention to phononic crystals & metamaterials. In 2010, he joined Bordeaux INP as Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and, since then, he has extended his activities about acoustic waves in complex media to various materials designed and achieved in an original way by combining several soft matter techniques. He is known particularly to have reported the first (soft) 3D acoustic metamaterial with a negative index and (soft) gradient-index metasurfaces. He is also interested in more fundamental aspects about wave physics such as Anderson localization likely to occur in strongly resonant scattering media.

Keynote Lecture 3: Advances in High-performance Flat optics: from Metalsurfaces to High-volume Manufacturing for Consumer electronics and Communications


Capasso Federico Capasso

Harvard University, USA

Federico Capasso is the Robert Wallace Professor of Applied Physics at Harvard University, which he joined in 2003 after 27 years at Bell Labs where he was Member of Technical Staff, Department Head and Vice President for Physical Research. He is visiting professor at NTU with both the School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences and Electrical and Electronic Engineering. His research has focused on nanoscale science and technology encompassing a broad range of topics. He pioneered band-structure engineering of semiconductor nanostructures and devices, invented and first demonstrated the quantum cascade laser and investigated QED forces including the first measurement of a repulsive Casimir force. His most recent contributions are new plasmonic devices and flat optics based on metasurfaces. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His awards include the King Faisal Prize, the IEEE Edison Medal, the SPIE Gold Medal, the American Physical Society Arthur Schawlow Prize in Laser Science, the Jan Czochralski Award for lifetime achievements in Materials Science, the IEEE Sarnoff Award in Electronics, the Materials Research Society Medal, the Wetherill Medal of the Franklin Institute, the Rank Prize in Optoelectronics, the Optical Society Wood Prize, the Berthold Leibinger Future Prize, the Julius Springer Prize in Applied Physics, the European Physical Society Quantum Electronics Prize.

Keynote Lecture 4: One-way photonic crystal waveguide modes with and without magnetic material


Che Ting ChanChe Ting Chan

HKUST, Hong Kong

Che Ting Chan received his PhD degree from the UC Berkeley in 1985. He is currently serving as the Associate Vice-President for Research & Development at HKUST, Hong Kong. He was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the Hong Kong Physical Society. He is a member of the Hong Kong Academy of Sciences. He works on the theory a variety of advanced materials, including photonic crystals, metamaterials and nano-materials.

Keynote Lecture 5: Atomically Thin Materials for Nanophotonics


Javier García de Abajo Javier García de Abajo

ICFO-Institut de Ciencies Fotoniques, Spain

Javier García de Abajo received his PhD from the University of the Basque Country in 1993 and then visited Berkeley National Lab for three years. He was a Research Professor at the Spanish CSIC and in 2013 moved to ICFO-Institut de Ciencies Fotoniques (Barcelona) as an ICREA Research Professor and Group Leader. He is Fellow of both the American Physical Society and the Optical Society of America, and he has co-authored 300+ articles on different aspects of nanophotonics, atomic physics, surface science, and electron microscope spectroscopies. See for more details.

Keynote Lecture 6: Topological Metasurfaces


Patrice GenevetPatrice Genevet

Université Côte d’Azur - CNRS, France

Patrice Genevet obtained his PhD at University of Nice Sophia Antipolis in France on localized spatial solitons in semiconductor lasers and amplifiers. After his PhD, he did five years of postdoctorate fellowship (2009-2014) in the Capasso group (SEAS, Harvard University) in collaboration with Prof. Scully (Texas A&M University). In 2014, he obtained the position of senior research scientist at A*STAR, Singapore. In 2015, He joined CNRS as ‘Chargé de Recherche de Première classe’. He is the recipient of the ERC starting Grant 2015 on Functional flat optical components and applications, the ERC Proof of Concept 2019 and the Aimé-Cotton Price 2017 from the French Optical Society. He serves as an associate editor for Optics Letters and Science Advances. P. Genevet research activities concern the development of optical metasurfaces for sensing, imaging, and LiDAR applications.

Keynote Lecture 7: Hybrid quantum dot/plasmonic systems


Stephen K. Gray Stephen K. Gray

Argonne National Laboratory, USA

Stephen K. Gray is a Senior Scientist and an Argonne Distinguished Fellow at the Center for Nanoscale Materials, Argonne National Laboratory. He received a Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1982 from the University of California at Berkeley, and did post-doctoral work at Oxford University and the University of Chicago before joining the chemistry faculty of Northern Illinois University in 1986. He subsequently moved to Argonne in 1990 and has been on its staff ever since, first in the Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division and then joining the Center for Nanoscale Materials in 2009. He was made Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2007. Much of his work focuses on the theory of nanoscale light-matter interactions, including aspects of plasmonics and quantum plasmonics.

Keynote Lecture 8: Emergent phenomena in locally resonant acoustic metamaterials due to subharmonic energy exchange


Varvara Kouznetsova Varvara Kouznetsova

Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands

Varvara Kouznetsova, holds a degree in Applied Mathematics from Perm State Technical University, Russia, and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. From 2002 to 2009 she was a research fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Metals Research (NIMR) and the Materials innovation institute (M2i). Currently she is an Associate Professor of Multi-scale Solid Mechanics at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands and he is a Guest Associate Professor at Keio University, Japan. Dr. Kouznetsova’s research is in the field of multi-scale mechanics focusing on the emergent multiscale behavior due to non-trivial interactions across different space and time scales with particular application to mechanical and acoustic metamaterials.

Keynote Lecture 9: Cavity Magnonics


Silvia Viola Kusminskiy Silvia Viola Kusminskiy

Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Germany

Silvia Viola Kusminskiy, is Professor for Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics at RWTH Aachen University and head of the Research Group “Theory of Hybrid Quantum Systems” at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light (MPL) in Erlangen, Germany. After undergraduate studies at the Universidad de la República in Uruguay, she obtained her PhD in Physics from Boston University in the USA. She continued her academic career in Germany, where she held postdoctoral positions at the Freie Universitaet Berlin, the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuernberg, and MPL. Her research comprises mesoscopic systems and light-matter interaction, with emphasis on collective phenomena and a focus on hybrid quantum systems including magnetic degrees of freedom.

Keynote Lecture 10: Complex resonance samples of coupled Helmholtz resonators


Svetlana Kuznetsova Svetlana Kuznetsova

Université du Mans, France

Svetlana Kuznetsova, obtained her PhD in radiophysics focusing on electromagnetic response of dielectric metamaterials in 2016 from Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod (NNSU), Russia. In the following two years she has been teaching general physics at NNSU. From 2019 to the present she is a post-doctoral researcher in Laboratoire d'Acoustique de l'Université du Mans (LAUM), France. She has conducted research on the scattering properties of acoustic disordered hyperuniform materials and now her research focuses on theoretical and numerical study of acoustic metamaterials possessing complex resonances. In general her scientific interests involve waves in acoustic and electromagnetic complex media, photonic and phononic structures.

Keynote Lecture 11: Advanced plasmonic photocatalysts for solar-to-chemical energy conversion


Alberto Naldoni Alberto Naldoni

Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic

Alberto Naldoni is the co-leader of the photoelectrochemistry group at the Regional Centre of Advanced Technologies and Materials of Palacký University Olomouc. He obtained his Ph.D. (2010) in Chemical Sciences from University of Milan before moving to the Italian National Research Council to study photocatalysis and photoelectrochemical water splitting. He spent three years as a visiting faculty in the Nanophotonics group at the Birck Nanotechnology Center of Purdue University to investigate alternative plasmonic materials for solar energy conversion. His research interests focus on nanomaterials for energy and environment, plasmonics, photocatalysis, photoelectrochemistry, defects and doping in metal oxides, charge transfer at solid-solid and solid-liquid interfaces. His scientific achievements include investigation of plasmonic metal nitrides and metasurfaces for photocatalysis. Alberto Naldoni has authored 75 papers in peer-reviewed journals including Science, Advanced Materials, JACS, Angewandte Chemie, Nano Energy, Nano Letters, and ACS Catalysis. He gave 25 invited talks in international conferences and research institutions.

Keynote Lecture 12: Reactive quantities in nanooptics


Nieto-Vesperinas Manuel Nieto-Vesperinas

Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (CSIC), Spain

Manuel Nieto-Vesperinas is Research Professor at the Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid, CSIC, Spain. He studies light-matter interactions both in macroscopic and nano-scales. He predicted weak photon localization in rough surface scattering, and is a pioneer of optical forces at the nanoscale. His group was the first to discover the magnetoelectric properties of high index dielectric particles and their effect on anomalous directional scattering (Kerker phenomena) opening the door for the present intensive research on this subject. He obtained his PhD from the University of London and is a fellow of the Optical Society of America, having served as editor or board member for some of its journals, as well as for journals of the IOP.

Keynote Lecture 13: Non-Hermitian Control of Chiral Singular Points in Periodic Nanophotonic Systems


Masaya Notomi Masaya Notomi

NTT Basic Research Labs., Japan

Masaya Notomi received his B.E., M.E. and Ph.D. degrees in applied physics from The University of Tokyo, Japan in 1986, 1988, and 1997, respectively. He joined NTT Optoelectronics Laboratories, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation in 1988 and moved to NTT Basic Research Laboratories in 1999. Since then, his research interest has been to control the optical properties of materials and devices by using artificial nanostructures, and engaged in research on quantum wires/dots and photonic crystal structures. In 1996-1997, he was a visiting researcher of Linkoping University, Sweden. He was a guest associate professor of Applied Electronics in 2003-2009 and is currently a guest professor of Physics in Tokyo Institute of Technology. He was appointed as Senior Distinguished Scientist of NTT since 2010. He is currently a director of NTT Nanophotonics Center. He received IEEE/LEOS Distinguished Lecturer Award in 2006, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) prize in 2009, Japan Academy Medal in 2009, the Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (Prize for Science and Technology, Research Category) in 2010, and IEEE Fellow grade in 2013. He served as a member of National University Corporation Evaluation Committee in the Japanese government. He is a research director of JST CREST program from 2015. He is also a member of the Japan Society of Applied Physics, APS, IEEE, and OSA.

Keynote Lecture 14:


Pawlak Dorota Anna Pawlak

ENSEMBLE3 Centre of Excellence Poland

Dorota Anna Pawlak is a materials scientist. She received her PhD (1999) in chemistry and her habilitation (2011) in physicochemistry of solid state, both from the University of Warsaw. She worked for 2 years at the Institute of Materials Research, Sendai, Japan. She currently holds a professorship position at the Institute of Electronic Materials Technology (ITME). She has created a group of young scientists aiming at developing novel materials and novel technologies to be used in such fields as metamaterials, plasmonics and energy systems. DAP coordinated the efforts of FP7 EU Collaborative project ENSEMBLE: ENgineered SElf-organised Multi-component structures with novel controllaBLe Electromagnetic functionalities. The project included 7 Partners from 6 EU countries. She is a laureate of highly competitive projects: TEAM project from the Foundation for Polish Science, and Maestro project from the National Science Centre in Poland. She is president-elect of the Polish Society of Crystal Growth.

Keynote Lecture 15: Hybrid Quantum Photonics


Shalaev Vladimir M. Shalaev

Purdue University, USA

Vladimir M. Shalaev, Scientific Director for Nanophotonics at Birck Nanotechnology Center and Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University, specializes in nanophotonics, plasmonics, and optical metamaterials. Vladimir M. Shalaev has received several awards for his research in the field of nanophotonics and metamaterials, including the Max Born Award of the Optical Society of America for his pioneering contributions to the field of optical metamaterials, the Willis E. Lamb Award for Laser Science and Quantum Optics, IEEE Photonics Society William Streifer Scientific Achievement Award, Rolf Landauer medal of the ETOPIM (Electrical, Transport and Optical Properties of Inhomogeneous Media) International Association, the UNESCO Medal for the development of nanosciences and nanotechnologies, OSA and SPIE Goodman Book Writing Award. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, APS, SPIE, MRS and OSA. Prof. Shalaev has authored three books, thirty invited book chapters and over 500 research publications.