Plenary & Keynote Talks

META 2023 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:


Sylvain Gigan Sylvain Gigan

Sorbonne Université, France


Sylvain Gigan is professor of physics at Sorbonne Université in Paris and group leader in Laboratoire Kastler-Brossel at Ecole Normale Supérieure. His research interests range from fundamental investigations of light propagation in complex media, biomedical imaging, computational imaging, and signal processing, to quantum optics and quantum information in complex media. After graduating from Ecole Polytechnique (Palaiseau France) in 2000 and a Master specialization in optics from University Paris XI (Orsay, France), he obtained a PhD in physics in 2004 from University Pierre and Marie Curie (Paris, France) in quantum and non-linear Optics. From 2004 to 2007, he was a postdoctoral researcher in Vienna University (Austria). from 2007 to 2014, he was at ESPCI ParisTech as Associate Professor, and started working on optical imaging in complex media and wavefront shaping techniques, at the Langevin Institute. Dr. Gigan is also the cofounder of a spin-off called LightOn (, aiming at performing optical computing for machine learning and big data. He was awarded the Fabry de Gramont Prize of the French Optical Society in 2016, The Joseph Fourier ATOS prize in 2018, the Jean Jerphagnon Prize in 2019.

Plenary Lecture 2:


Chennupati Jagadish Chennupati Jagadish

The Australian National University, Australia


Chennupati Jagadish is a Distinguished Professor and Head of Semiconductor Optoelectronics and Nanotechnology Group in the Research School of Physics, Australian National University. Prof. Jagadish is the Editor-in-Chief of Applied Physics Reviews, Editor of 2 book series and serves on editorial boards of 20 other journals. He has published more than 1000 research papers (730 journal papers), holds 7 US patents, co-authored a book, co-edited 15 books and edited 12 conference proceedings and 20 special issues of Journals. He is a fellow of 12 Science and Engineering Academies (US, UK, Australia, Europe, India) and 14 Professional Societies (IEEE, MRS, APS…). He received many awards including IEEE Pioneer Award in Nanotechnology, IEEE Photonics Society Engineering Achievement Award, OSA Nick Holonyak Award, IUMRS Somiya Award, UNESCO medal for his contributions to the development of nanoscience and nanotechnologies and Lyle medal from Australian Academy of Science for his contributions to Physics. He has received Australia’s highest civilian honor, AC, Companion of the Order of Australia, for his contributions to physics and engineering, in particular nanotechnology. He is currently serving as the President of the Australian Academy of Science.

Plenary Lecture 3:


Marin Soljačić Marin Soljačić

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA


Marin Soljačić is a Professor of Physics at MIT. He is a founder of WiTricity Corporation (2007), LuxLabs (2017), as well as Lightelligence (2017). His main research interests are in artificial intelligence as well as electromagnetic phenomena, focusing on nanophotonics, non-linear optics, and wireless power transfer. He is a recipient of the Adolph Lomb medal from the Optical Society of America (2005), and the TR35 award of the Technology Review magazine (2006). In 2008, he was awarded a MacArthur fellowship “genius” grant. He is an international member of the Croatian Academy of Engineering since 2009. In 2011 he became a Young Global Leader (YGL) of the World Economic Forum. In 2014, he was awarded Blavatnik National Award, as well as Invented Here! (Boston Patent Law Association). In 2017, he was awarded "The Order of the Croatian Daystar, with the image of Ruđer Bošković", the Croatian President’s top medal for Science. In 2017, the Croatian President also awarded him with "The Order of the Croatian Interlace" medal. He was also Highly Cited Researcher according to WoS for 2019,2020&2021.

Plenary Lecture 4:


Isabelle Staude Isabelle Staude

Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany


Isabelle Staude is professor at the Institute of Solid State Physics at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany. She studied physics at the University of Konstanz, Germany, received her Ph.D. degree from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany, in 2011, and spent several years as a postdoc at the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia. She received an Emmy-Noether Grant from the German Research Foundation and the Hertha Sponer Prize 2017 from the German Physical Society. She is a member of the German Young Academy (Junge Akademie) and a Fellow of the Max Planck School of Photonics.

Plenary Lecture 5:


Jelena Vuckovic Jelena Vuckovic

Stanford University, USA


Jelena Vuckovic (PhD Caltech 2002) is the Jensen Huang Professor in Global Leadership in the School of Engineering, and Professor of Electrical Engineering and by courtesy of Applied Physics at Stanford, where she leads the Nanoscale and Quantum Photonics Lab. She is also the Fortinet Founders Chair of the Electrical Engineering Department at Stanford, and was the inaugural director of Q-FARM, the Stanford-SLAC Quantum Science and Engineering Initiative. Vuckovic has received many awards and honors including recently the Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship (2022), the Mildred Dresselhaus Lectureship from MIT (2021), the James Gordon Memorial Speakership from the OSA (2020), the IET A. F. Harvey Engineering Research Prize (2019), Distinguished Scholarship of the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics (2019), the Hans Fischer Senior Fellowship from the Institute for Advanced Studies in Munich (2013), and Humboldt Prize (2010). She is a Fellow of the APS, of the Optica (OSA), and of the IEEE, and an associate editor of the ACS Photonics.

Keynote Lectures

Keynote 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.

Keynote Lecture 2:


Alexandra BoltassevaAlexandra 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.

Keynote Lecture 3:


Jeremy J. BaumbergJeremy J. Baumberg

University of Cambridge, UK

Jeremy J. Baumberg 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

Keynote Lecture 4:


Federico CapassoFederico 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 5:


Mercedeh KhajavikhanMercedeh Khajavikhan

University of Southern California, USA

Mercedeh Khajavikhan is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Southern California. She has also a joint appointment at the Department of Physics & Astronomy at USC. She received her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 2009. Subsequently, she joined the University of California in San Diego as a postdoctoral researcher, where she worked on the design and development of nanolasers, plasmonic devices, and silicon photonics components. Prior to joining USC, she was a faculty at the College of Optics and Photonics (CREOL) at the University of Central Florida (UCF), working primarily on unraveling novel phenomena in active photonic platforms. She is the recipient of the NSF Early CAREER Award in 2015, the ONR Young Investigator Award in 2016, the DARPA Young Faculty Award in 2018, the University of Central Florida Reach for the Stars Award in 2017, UCF Luminary Award in 2018, and DARPA Director’s Fellowship in 2020. She is a fellow of Optica (formerly known as Optical Society of America OSA).

Keynote Lecture 6: Ultra low loss nonlinear integrated photonic circuits: from soliton microcombs, traveling wave parametric amplifiers, chip based Erbium amplifiers to cryogenic quantum interconnects


Tobias J. KippenbergTobias J. Kippenberg

EPFL, Switzerland

Tobias J. Kippenberg is Full Professor in the Institute of Physics and Electrical Engineering at EPFL in Switzerland since 2013 and joined EPFL in 2008 as Tenure Track Assistant Professor. Prior to EPFL, he was Independent Max Planck Junior Research group leader at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics in Garching, Germany. While at the MPQ he demonstrated radiation pressure cooling of optical micro-resonators, and developed techniques with which mechanical oscillators can be cooled, measured and manipulated in the quantum regime that are now part of the research field of Cavity Quantum Optomechanics. Moreover, his group discovered the generation of optical frequency combs using high Q micro-resonators, a principle known now as micro-combs or Kerr combs.

For his early contributions in these two research fields, he has been recipient of the EFTF Award for Young Scientists (2011), The Helmholtz Prize in Metrology (2009), the EPS Fresnel Prize (2009), ICO Award (2014), Swiss Latsis Prize (2015), as well as the Wilhelmy Klung Research Prize in Physics (2015), the 2018 ZEISS Research Award and 2020 OSA R. Wood Award. Moreover, he is 1st prize recipient of the "8th European Union Contest for Young Scientists" in 1996 and is listed in the Highly Cited Researchers List of 1% most cited Physicists in 2014-2019. He is founder of the startup LIGENTEC SA, an integrated photonics foundry.

Keynote Lecture 7:


John PendrySir John Pendry

Imperial College London, UK

John Pendry is a condensed matter theorist working at Imperial College London. His early work addressed electronic and structural properties of surfaces developing the theory of low energy diffraction, EXAFS, and of electronic surface states later moving on to studies of transport in disordered systems. In the mid 1990's he turned his attention to metamaterials and proposed several structures which radically influenced the development of the field leading to the experimental discovery of negative refraction by the Smith group and later, also in collaboration with David Smith, the design of a cloak of invisibility. His investigation of negative refraction led to the discovery that it is theoretically possible to design a lens whose resolution is limited only by the perfection of manufacture, not by the well known Abbé law which limits resolution to the order of the wavelength. The technique of transformation optics which he pioneered has led to many applications in the field of plasmonics, particularly building on the perfect lens concept and showing how to concentrate light into sub nanoscale volumes. His most recent work moves the study of metamaterials on to structures that vary in time as well as in space, invoking quantum aspects of metamaterials.

Keynote Lecture 8:


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.

Keynote Lecture 9:


Xiangrong Wang Xiangrong Wang

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong

Xiangrong Wang is a full professor in the physics department of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). He obtained his PhD in 1990 from University of Rochester and joined the Physics Department of HKUST in 1992. Professor Wang is a condensed matter theorist and is interested in revealing the physics principles behind the novel physics phenomena. Currently, he is working on the interplay of charges, spins, and phonons in nano-systems and devices. His current research focus on topological states of matter, magnetization dynamics, and spin/charge transport. The research topics include skyrmion physics, magnonics, magnetic domain wall motion, spin current generation and detection, and magneto-effects.

Keynote Lecture 10:


Gary Wiederrecht Gary Wiederrecht

Argonne National Laboratory, USA

Gary Wiederrecht is currently the Deputy Division Director and Senior Scientist in the Nanoscience & Technology (NST) Division at Argonne National Laboratory. He received a B.S. degree in chemistry from UC Berkeley in 1987 and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from MIT in 1992. He moved to Argonne National Laboratory as a postdoctoral fellow in 1992, working with Michael Wasielewski on molecular photonics, and became a scientific staff member in 1995. His research interests center on the photochemistry and photophysics of hybrid nanostructures, photochemical energy conversion, quantum science, biomimetic materials, and the ultrafast optical responses of nanoparticles and nanoparticle assemblies. He is also working to develop novel approaches to time-resolved optical microscopy and imaging applications. He has received an R&D100 award, the DOE Young Scientist Award, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), and the Argonne National Laboratory Distinguished Service Award. He has authored or co-authored approximately 165 peer-reviewed research articles and has several patents. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

Keynote Lecture 11:


Eli YablonovitchEli Yablonovitch

UC Berkeley, USA

Eli Yablonovitch is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at UC Berkeley, where he holds the James & Katherine Lau Chair in Engineering. He is the Director of the NSF Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science (E3S), a multi-University Center headquartered at Berkeley.

Prof. Yablonovitch introduced the idea that strained semiconductor lasers could have superior performance due to reduced valence band (hole) effective mass. With almost every human interaction with the internet, optical telecommunication occurs by strained semiconductor lasers. He is regarded as a Father of the Photonic BandGap concept, and he coined the term "Photonic Crystal". The geometrical structure of the first experimentally realized Photonic bandgap, is sometimes called “Yablonovite”. In his photovoltaic research, Yablonovitch introduced the 4(n squared) (“Yablonovitch Limit”) light-trapping factor that is in worldwide use, for almost all commercial solar panels. His mantra that "a great solar cell also needs to be a great LED”, is the basis of the world record solar cells: single-junction 28.8% efficiency; dual-junction 31.5%; quadruple-junction 38.8% efficiency; all at 1 sun. His startup company Ethertronics Inc., has shipped over one billion cellphone antennas.

Prof. Yablonovitch is elected as a Member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and is a Foreign Member of the Royal Society of London. He has been awarded the Buckley Prize of the American Physical Society, the Isaac Newton Medal of the UK Institute of Physics, the Rank Prize (UK), the Harvey Prize (Israel), the IEEE Photonics Award, the IET Mountbatten Medal (UK), the Julius Springer Prize (Germany), the R.W. Wood Prize, the W. Streifer Scientific Achievement Award, and the Adolf Lomb Medal. He also has an honorary Ph.D. from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, & the Hong Kong Univ. of Science & Technology, and is honorary Professor at Nanjing University.

Keynote Lecture 12:


Nikolay ZheludevNikolay 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.

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