The nanostructure of a material can affect its properties in many ways, and in particular in the way it interacts with light. By creating structures which are controlled on a length scale below the wavelength of the incident radiation, this radiation can be manipulated. This gives rise to a range of new properties, such as negative electrical permittivity and negative refractive index, which is at the origin of the “invisibility cloak”. Our research is concerned with the synthesis of nanophotonic/plasmonic materials through techniques such as self-assembly and lithographic deposition, as well as with the physics underpinning those fascinating phenomena.

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Neil Alford


Professor of Physical Electronics and Thin Film Materials, Vice-Dean (Research) Faculty of Engineering

Current research is targeted towards Energy Materials


Stefan Maier


Professor of Nanophotonics, Department of Physics  

Research is in a wide variety of fundamental and applied research in nanoplasmonics, nanophotonics, and metamaterials, ranging from unravelling light/matter interactions on the nanoscale, to the development of highly efficient optical biosensors, light harvesting nanostructures for photovoltaics, and the development of new materials and devices for photonic nanotechnology.     


Martyn McLachlan


Lecturer in functional nanomaterials, Department of Materials      

Primary research interests centre on the synthesis and characterisation of metal oxide species. More specifically, the development of low temperature deposition routes, analysing surfaces and buried interfaces of thin films and correlating structural, morphological and electrical properties with the synthesis method.             


Fang Xie


Lecturer in Materials, Department of Materials

Research concerns novel nanomaterials synthesis and fabrication, and their applications in energy and life sciences.


Peter K. Petrov


Research Officer in Thin Film Technology, Department of Materials


Jason Riley


Professor of Materials Electrochemistry, Department of Materials    

Research activity concerns the preparation, characterisation and applications of nanomaterials. Colloid chemistry, anodisation and templated deposition are employed to obtain materials of defined dimension.        


Paul Stavrinou


Reader, Department of Physics