Imperial College London

Dr Pablo Albella

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Visiting Researcher



p.albella CV




B816Blackett LaboratorySouth Kensington Campus





Pablo Albella comes from Santander, Spain. He received his Bachelor of Physics from the Unversity of Cantabria (Spain), in 2001, a MSc in Instrumentation and Analytical Science from the University of Manchester (UK) in 2003 and later the PhD in Physics from the University of Cantabria in 2009. The latest was awarded with the "Extraordinary Doctoral Thesis Prize".

During his scientific career, he has attracted funding from a number of different national and international agencies. In 2002, he was adjudged with an EPSRC Master studentship in Manchester (UK). Then, as a PhD student, he was awarded a FPI fellowship from the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science (MEC) which supported him for 4 years (2005-2009). 

In 2010, he moved as a postdoctoral fellow to the nanophotonics group directed by Prof. Aizpurua in the Materials Physics Center of San Sebastian (Spain) and funded by a large European Project (FP7) involving more than 10 prestigious European Institutions. During this time there he was also accredited as guest researcher of CIC Nanogune, where he was working in close collaboration with the experimental nanooptics group of Prof. Rainer Hillenbrand.

He has taken part in several Spanish (MEC and MICINN) projects awarded within the area of physics and twice in a US Army International Technology Center – Atlantic (USAITCA) project as the main researcher. More recently, he has been funded on several occasions by the European Science Foundation Network Plasmo-Bionanosense and the Leverhulme trust. 

His research interests include plasmonics - the investigation and exploitation of sub-wavelength confinement and guiding of electromagnetic energy using metallic and dielectric micro- and nanostructures. In this field, Dr. Albella has published more than 40 peer review scientific publications (25 of them in high impact factor journals), 2 book chapters and over 80 contributions in international conferences. His research has also been recognized with several research prizes: awarded the best research project of Consejo Social de Cantabria, the best scientific paper of Optics from Universidad de Cantabria, finalist of young Scientist Award from Elservier, among others.

Dr. Albella is currently co-supervising one PhD thesis and he has been involved in several teaching activities, both in Spain and UK. All this activity has been recognized by the Spanish ANECA, where he is accredited as: “Contratado Doctor, Ayudante Doctor and Profesor Universidad Privada”.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Ma Z, Hanham SM, Albella P, et al., 2016, Terahertz All-Dielectric Magnetic Mirror Metasurfaces, Acs Photonics, Vol:3, ISSN:2330-4022, Pages:1010-1018

Della Picca F, Berte R, Rahmani M, et al., 2016, Tailored Hypersound Generation in Single Plasmonic Nanoantennas, Nano Letters, Vol:16, ISSN:1530-6984, Pages:1428-1434

Albella P, Shibanuma T, Maier SA, 2015, Switchable directional scattering of electromagnetic radiation with subwavelength asymmetric silicon dimers, Scientific Reports, Vol:5, ISSN:2045-2322

Caldarola M, Albella P, Cortes E, et al., 2015, Non-plasmonic nanoantennas for surface enhanced spectroscopies with ultra-low heat conversion, Nature Communications, Vol:6, ISSN:2041-1723

Rakovich A, Albella P, Maier SA, 2015, Plasmonic Control of Radiative Properties of Semiconductor Quantum Dots Coupled to Plasmonic Ring Cavities, ACS Nano, Vol:9, ISSN:1936-0851, Pages:2648-2658

Osorio-Roman IO, Guerrero AR, Albella P, et al., 2014, Plasmon Enhanced Fluorescence with Aggregated Shell-Isolated Nanoparticles, Analytical Chemistry, Vol:86, ISSN:0003-2700, Pages:10246-10251

Crick CR, Albella P, Ng B, et al., 2015, Precise Attoliter Temperature Control of Nanopore Sensors Using a Nanoplasmonic Bullseye, Nano Letters, Vol:15, ISSN:1530-6984, Pages:553-559

Albella P, Alcaraz de la Osa R, Moreno F, et al., 2014, Electric and Magnetic Field Enhancement with Ultralow Heat Radiation Dielectric Nanoantennas: Considerations for Surface-Enhanced Spectroscopies, Acs Photonics, Vol:1, ISSN:2330-4022, Pages:524-529

Alonso-Gonzalez P, Albella P, Neubrech F, et al., 2013, Experimental Verification of the Spectral Shift between Near- and Far-Field Peak Intensities of Plasmonic Infrared Nanoantennas, Physical Review Letters, Vol:110, ISSN:0031-9007

Moula G, Rodriguez-Oliveros R, Albella P, et al., 2012, Plasmonics and single-molecule detection in evaporated silver-island films, Annalen der Physik, Vol:524, ISSN:0003-3804, Pages:697-704

Sanchez JA, Wong BT, Menguec MP, et al., 2007, Field emission and electron deposition profiles as a function of carbon nanotube tip geometries, Journal of Applied Physics, Vol:101, ISSN:0021-8979

Paniagua-Domínguez R, Sánchez-Gil JA, Albella P, et al., 2010, Enhanced backscattering of electromagnetic waves from randomly rough gratings on negative magnetic metamaterials, Metamaterials, Vol:4, ISSN:1873-1988, Pages:201-206

Sanz JM, Albella P, Moreno F, et al., 2009, Application of the polar decomposition to light scattering particle systems, Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy & Radiative Transfer, Vol:110, ISSN:0022-4073, Pages:1369-1374

Setien B, Albella P, Saiz JM, et al., 2010, Spectral behavior of the linear polarization degree at right-angle scattering configuration for nanoparticle systems, New Journal of Physics, Vol:12, ISSN:1367-2630

Sanz JM, Albella P, Gonzalez F, et al., 2010, Polar decomposition of Mueller matrices for 2D-structured surfaces, Api'09 - First Nanocharm Workshop on Advanced Polarimetric Instrumentation, Vol:5, ISSN:2100-014X

Albella P, Maria Saiz J, Gonzalez F, et al., 2011, Surface monitoring based on light scattering by metal nanosensors, Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy & Radiative Transfer, Vol:112, ISSN:0022-4073, Pages:2046-2058

Aroca RF, Teo GY, Mohan H, et al., 2011, Plasmon-Enhanced Fluorescence and Spectral Modification in SHINEF, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, Vol:115, ISSN:1932-7447, Pages:20419-20424

Albella P, Moreno F, Saiz JM, et al., 2008, Influence of the substrate optical properties on the backscattering of contaminated microstructures, Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy & Radiative Transfer, Vol:109, ISSN:0022-4073, Pages:1339-1346

Albella P, Moreno F, Saiz JM, et al., 2007, 2D double interaction method for modeling small particles contaminating microstructures located on substrates, Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy & Radiative Transfer, Vol:106, ISSN:0022-4073, Pages:4-10

Albella P, Ameen Poyli M, Schmidt MK, et al., 2013, Low-Loss Electric and Magnetic Field-Enhanced Spectroscopy with Subwavelength Silicon Dimers, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, Vol:117, ISSN:1932-7447, Pages:13573-13584

Moreno F, Albella P, Nieto-Vesperinas M, 2013, Analysis of the Spectral Behavior of Localized Plasmon Resonances in the Near- and Far-Field Regimes, Langmuir, Vol:29, ISSN:0743-7463, Pages:6715-6721

Alonso-Gonzalez P, Albella P, Golmar F, et al., 2013, Visualizing the near-field coupling and interference of bonding and anti-bonding modes in infrared dimer nanoantennas, Optics Express, Vol:21, ISSN:1094-4087, Pages:1270-1280

Geffrin JM, Garcia-Camara B, Gomez-Medina R, et al., 2012, Magnetic and electric coherence in forward- and back-scattered electromagnetic waves by a single dielectric subwavelength sphere, Nature Communications, Vol:3, ISSN:2041-1723

Albella P, Moreno F, Saiz JM, et al., 2007, Backscattering of metallic microstructures with small defects located on flat substrates, Optics Express, Vol:15, ISSN:1094-4087, Pages:6857-6867

Albella P, Moreno F, Saiz JM, et al., 2006, Monitoring small defects on surface microstructures through backscattering measurements, Optics Letters, Vol:31, ISSN:0146-9592, Pages:1744-1746

Albella P, Moreno F, Saiz JM, et al., 2008, Surface inspection by monitoring spectral shifts of localized plasmon resonances, Optics Express, Vol:16, ISSN:1094-4087, Pages:12872-12879

Albella P, Saiz JM, Sanz JM, et al., 2009, Nanoscopic surface inspection by analyzing the linear polarization degree of the scattered light, Optics Letters, Vol:34, ISSN:0146-9592, Pages:1906-1908

Alcaraz de la Osa R, Albella P, Saiz JM, et al., 2010, Extended discrete dipole approximation and its application to bianisotropic media, Optics Express, Vol:18, ISSN:1094-4087, Pages:23865-23871

Chen J, Albella P, Pirzadeh Z, et al., 2011, Plasmonic Nickel Nanoantennas, Small, Vol:7, ISSN:1613-6810, Pages:2341-2347

Abb M, Albella P, Aizpurua J, et al., 2011, All-Optical Control of a Single Plasmonic Nanoantenna-ITO Hybrid, Nano Letters, Vol:11, ISSN:1530-6984, Pages:2457-2463

Weber D, Albella P, Alonso-Gonzalez P, et al., 2011, Longitudinal and transverse coupling in infrared gold nanoantenna arrays: long range versus short range interaction regimes, Optics Express, Vol:19, ISSN:1094-4087, Pages:15047-15061

Albella P, Garcia-Cueto B, Gonzalez F, et al., 2011, Shape Matters: Plasmonic Nanoparticle Shape Enhances Interaction with Dielectric Substrate, Nano Letters, Vol:11, ISSN:1530-6984, Pages:3531-3537

Alonso-Gonzalez P, Schnell M, Sarriugarte P, et al., 2011, Real-Space Mapping of Fano Interference in Plasmonic Metamolecules, Nano Letters, Vol:11, ISSN:1530-6984, Pages:3922-3926

Berrier A, Albella P, Poyli MA, et al., 2012, Detection of deep-subwavelength dielectric layers at terahertz frequencies using semiconductor plasmonic resonators, Optics Express, Vol:20, ISSN:1094-4087, Pages:5052-5060

Alonso-Gonzalez P, Albella P, Schnell M, et al., 2012, Resolving the electromagnetic mechanism of surface-enhanced light scattering at single hot spots, Nature Communications, Vol:3, ISSN:2041-1723

Abb M, Wang Y, Albella P, et al., 2012, Interference, Coupling, and Nonlinear Control of High-Order Modes in Single Asymmetric Nanoantennas, ACS Nano, Vol:6, ISSN:1936-0851, Pages:6462-6470

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