Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Lee-Lucas Chair in Experimental Physics



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Professor Maier is the Lee-Lucas Chair in Experimental Physics and head of the Hybrid Nanosystems Research Group in the Condensed Matter Physics Section. He further served as Head of the Experimental Solid State Physics Group (2016–2018) and as Director of Postgraduate Studies (2014–2018) for the department. 

The group conducts 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.

You can watch a tutorial presentation on our research work, see a pictorial overview of our research areas, and an instructive review article on nanoplasmonics.

See an overview talk of our current research here!

News Flash

  • Press release about our hot electron nanochemistry work
  • congratulations to Yahya for passing his PhD viva!
  • congratulations to Michael and Frederik for passing their PhD vivas!
  • congratulations to Gustavo for obtaining a Marie Curie Fellowship!
  • welcome new group members: Harriet, Monica, Sabrina and Paul!
  • congratulations to David for submitting his PhD thesis!

Most recent presentations

    Large internal and external projects & collaborations


    • Kostas Daskalakis, now postdoc at Aalto University
    • Tyler Roschuk, now Senior Thin Film Engineer at Raytheon Elcan Optical Technologies
    • Giuliana Di Martino, now postdoc in Cambridge
    • Yoshito Tanaka, now research staff scienist at Kwansei Gakuin University
    • Mark Tame, now professor at University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
    • Yannick Sonnefraud, now CNRS permanent staff member at Institute Neel, Grenoble
    • Stephane Kena-Cohen, now professor at Polytechnique Montreal
    • Roberto Fernandez-Garcia, now staff member at Seagate
    • Ye Xiao, now at Aetha Consulting (Cambridge)
    • Nicolas Hylton, now postdoc with our colleague Ned Ekins-Daukes
    • Aeneas Wiener, co-founder of Cytora
    • Toby Basey-Fisher, now postdoc with our colleague Norbert Klein
    • Dangyuan Lei, now professor at Hong Kong Poly
    • Ai Leen Koh, now staff member at Stanford
    • Susannah Heck, now staff member at Oclaro
    • Xiaofeng Li, now professor at the Institute of Modern Optical Technologies, Soochow University, China
    • Hong Yoon, now staff member at Samsung Corning Precision Materials




    Other Significant Activities

    As an introduction into the exciting new field of nanoplasmonics I have written the following introductory monograph:

    Plasmonics - Fundamentals and Applications (Springer, NY 2007)

    In 2007, it was one of the top-twenty best-selling books in physics, according to a ranking by Library Journal!



    Wang H, Pan CF, Li C, et al., 2024, Two-photon polymerization lithography for imaging optics, International Journal of Extreme Manufacturing, Vol:6, ISSN:2631-8644

    Barkey M, Büchner R, Wester A, et al., 2024, Pixelated High-Q Metasurfaces for in Situ Biospectroscopy and Artificial Intelligence-Enabled Classification of Lipid Membrane Photoswitching Dynamics., Acs Nano, Vol:18, Pages:11644-11654

    Liu C, Wu T, Lalanne P, et al., 2024, Enhanced Light-Matter Interaction in Metallic Nanoparticles: A Generic Strategy of Smart Void Filling., Nano Lett, Vol:24, Pages:4641-4648

    Bürger J, Valero AC, Weiss T, et al., 2024, Impact of coordinate frames on mode formation in twisted waveguides, Physical Review B, Vol:109, ISSN:2469-9950

    Tirole R, Tilmann B, Menezes LDS, et al., 2024, Nonlinear dielectric epsilon near‐zero hybrid nanogap antennas, Advanced Optical Materials, Vol:12, ISSN:2195-1071

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