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Emanuele Galiffi is an EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellow in the Condensed Matter Theory Group of the Department of Physics, where he works on the investigation of exotic wave phenomena, achieved by structuring materials over both space and time (see Research page). He pursued his doctoral studies within the Centre for Doctoral Training in Theory and Simulation of Material at Imperial College, under the supervision of Prof. Sir John Pendry and Dr. Paloma Arroyo Huidobro.

For his doctoral research achievements, he was awarded the 1st Prize at the Student Paper Contest at the 2021 Marina Forum on EMetamaterials, the EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowship (2020), the 1st prize in the Student Paper Competition at the Metamaterials 2020 International Congress, the 2020 TSM Materials Design Advanced Graduate Research Prize, the URSI GASS 2020 Young Scientist Award, and the 2019 Carlsberg Scholarship at the SPP9 conference. He was also selected as finalist for the Student Paper Competition at the 2018 edition of the Metamaterials' 2018 Congress (Espoo).

Before his PhD, he was awarded his MSci degree in Physics with First Class Honours at Imperial College in 2016, spending one year in Heidelberg (Germany) as an exchange student, where he collaborated with Prof. Sandro Wimberger on his MSci thesis.

He is widely involved in outreach activities. He is currently (2021) leading the organisation of the first online workshop series dedicated to wave propagation in time-varying media. In 2018, he led the organisation of the TSM Stand "Code for Creation" at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, and has led Imperial College Optical Society, OSA/SPIE student chapter at Imperial during the year 2018-2019. In this framework, he actively organises journal clubs and invited talks, with the aim of strengthening professional bonds among the vibrant photonics community across College and beyond. In 2019, he was awarded a TSM Prize for Outstanding Contribution to the Life of the CDT.

Finally, he regularly works as graduate teaching assistant within the Department of Physics, delivering tutorials, rapid feedback sessions, and undergraduate project supervision, as well as serving at the physics helpdesk for undergraduate students.

In his spare time, he enjoys rock climbing, gardening on his tiny balcony, playing the guitar and (during lockdown!) chess.



Matson J, Wasserroth S, Ni X, et al., 2023, Controlling the propagation asymmetry of hyperbolic shear polaritons in beta-gallium oxide., Nat Commun, Vol:14

Moussa H, Xu G, Yin S, et al., 2023, Observation of temporal reflection and broadband frequency translation at photonic time interfaces, Nature Physics, Vol:19, ISSN:1745-2473, Pages:863-868

Ni X, Carini G, Ma W, et al., 2023, Observation of directional leaky polaritons at anisotropic crystal interfaces., Nat Commun, Vol:14

Galiffi E, Xu G, Yin S, et al., 2023, Broadband coherent wave control through photonic collisions at time interfaces, Nature Physics, ISSN:1745-2473

Sapienza R, Pendry J, Maier S, et al., 2022, Saturable time-varying mirror based on an epsilon-near-zero material, Physical Review Applied, Vol:18, ISSN:2331-7019

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