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Alexandra Boltasseva
Associate professor
Address: School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Birck Nanotechnology Center
Purdue University
1205 West State Street
West Lafayette, Indiana 47907-2057
Phone: +1 765 494 0301
Email: aeb@purdue.edu

I'm also

Adjunct Associate Professor
at DTU Fotonik
Department of Photonics Engineering
Technical University of Denmark

NEWS:

May 2015: Prof. A. Boltasseva was recognized as OSA Fellow at CLEO 2015 (see the pictures below: click on either to view its larger versions) Plenary and Awards Session. Biggest thanks to all our group members for their great work! Please visit cleoconference.org to learn about talks and events.



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April 2015: Justus Ndukaife and Nate Kinsey win second and third place in the NSAC Graduate Student Research Symposium Poster Competition hosted at Birck Nanotechnology Center. The event highlighted research conducted by graduate students within Purdue’s Discovery Park and covered a wide range of disciplines. Justus presented his work on nanoscale plasmon optofluidics while Nate highlighted new research on the ultrafast optical tuning of aluminum doped zinc oxide. Congratulations to Justus and Nate!

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February 2015: Prof. A. Boltasseva became a Senior Member of IEEE

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March 19, 2015: Purdue University News: Plasmonic ceramic materials key to advances in nanophotonics for extreme operational conditions - "Progress in developing nanophotonic devices capable of withstanding high temperatures and harsh conditions for applications including data storage, sensing, health care and energy will depend on the research community and industry adopting new plasmonic ceramic materials, according to a commentary this week in the journal Science".

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March 2015: PhD student in our group Nate Kinsey Wins College of Engineering Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award (see the pic below). The award recognizes top students who conduct groundbreaking and impactful research and influence their research group and community through leadership and outreach. One student from each of the College of Engineering disciplines is chosen, and Nate is this year's representative for the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. Congratulations to Nate!

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February 23, 2015: Graduate Student N. Kinsey wins Purdue Wide Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship. Nathaniel Kinsey, a third year PhD student of Prof. Boltasseva, has been awarded the Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship after a competition throughout the entire Purdue Graduate School. Nate's research has focused on developing integrated nanophotonics devices using a suite of alternative plasmonic materials. The Bilsland Fellowship will support Nate for the remainder of his doctorate degree where he will continue to pursue integrated nanophotonics as well as quantum plasmonics. Congratulations to Nate!

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February 2015: Our graduate student - Mikhail Shalaginov - has been featured on the Graduate School's Facebook and Google+ pages. Congratulations, Mikhail!

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February 2015: Prof. A. Boltasseva has been invited to speak at the 2015 US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium scheduled for September 9-11, 2015, at the National Academies' Beckman Center in Irvine, California. The total number of participants at the symposium will be about 100 engineers, ages 30-45, from industry, academia, and government labs.

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February 2, 2015: Our group member Jongbum Kim has been selected as a Symposium Assistant by the organizers of the 2015 MRS Spring Meeting! He will be chairing Symposium V: Resonant Optics - Fundamentals and Applications. Congratulations to Jongbum!

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February 2015: Our new MURI website is online! Please check out our news and recent projects.

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January 2015: Conference photos of the META series conferences (from 2008 to 2014) are being added to META Facebook page. Check them out and don't forget to "Like" them!

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January 13, 2015: 'Single-photon emission enhancement' seen as step toward quantum technologies (Purdue News) A hyperbolic metamaterial comprised of alternating layers of titanium nitride and aluminum scandium nitride has been used by the research groups of Purdue Profs. V. Shalaev and A. Boltasseva to enhance the rate of single-photon emission by nitrogen-vacancy centers in diamond. The application areas of single-photon sources include quantum communications and quantum computing.

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November 2014: Prof. A. Boltasseva and Prof. V. Shalaev elected to Purdue Innovator Hall of Fame for developing plasmonics to advance optical technologies, improve data-storage capabilities and solar thermophotovoltaic cell performance.

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November 21, 2014: NMTI announces breakthrough solutions for HAMR nanoantenna for next-generation ultra-high density magnetic data storage. "Researchers at Nano-Meta Technologies Inc. (NMTI) in the Purdue Research Park have shown how to overcome key limitations of a material that could enable the magnetic storage industry to achieve data-recording densities far beyond today's computers. (Purdue News)." This is the promise of HAMR (Heat-Assisted Magnetic Recording) technology.

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November 19, 2014: Purdue team - Alexandra Boltasseva, Vlad Shalaev and Alex Kildishev (see photo below) - was recognized at the Purdue "Excellence in Research Awards Dinner" by the Seed for Success award for their grants from the U.S. Army Research Office and MURI program from the Office of Naval Research (led by Professor Mark Stockman, GSU: on photo in the middle).

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November 2014: Justus C. Ndukaife has been selected to receive the prestigious NSBE Golden Torch Award as the “Graduate Student of the Year”. The award recognizes an outstanding graduate student that has demonstrated superior academic excellence and leadership in engineering or other technical fields, and whose legacy will serve as a role model to other students. Justus will be receiving the award during the 18th Annual Golden Torch Awards Ceremony in Anaheim, California. Congratulations to Justus for this very well deserved recognition! Learn more ...

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November 2014: Congratulations to Jongbum Kim who passed his preliminary PhD examination on November 10th!! Jongbum’s lecture focused on Plasmonic Devices Based on Transparent Conducting Oxides for Near-IR applications.

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November 2014: Congratulations to Naresh Emani who passed his final PhD examination on November 4th!! Naresh's lecture focused on Dynamic Control of Plasmonic Resonances with Graphene Based Nanostructures. In the picture: Naresh (second from the left) with Profs. A. Kildishev, A. Boltasseva and V. Shalaev.

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October 2014: The Board of Directors of The Optical Society of America (OSA) elected Alexandra Boltasseva a Fellow of OSA at its October 20th meeting in Tuscon, Arizona. She is being recognized for seminal contributions to the fields of nanophotonics and new plasmonic materials.

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October 2014: Our group member Justus C. Ndukaife was recently profiled in The Punch (the most widely read newspaper in Nigeria). In the inspiring Q&A, Justus shared his academic experience on how he began his academic journey and his strong motivation and determination to succeed. His experience demonstrates that with persistence, determination and focus, anyone can become better and successful. Please read the article here.

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October 2, 2014: A Purdue press release is featuring the main R&D areas of Nano-Meta Technologies, Inc. - A Purdue-based start-up led by Profs. V. Shalaev and A. Boltasseva. Those R&D areas include the use of novel refractory plasmonic materials for i) ultra-high-density heat-assisted magnetic data recording, ii) highly efficient solar- and waste-heat/combustion energy harvesting/conversion, and iii) photothermal cancer therapies. The press release links to a video clip on the subject, produced by the Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization.

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September, 2014 - Our former graduate student Gururaj Naik wrote a wonderful poem as his farewell gift. He kindly agreed to share it with all of us. Enjoy.

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October 7-8, 2014 - Alexandra Boltasseva is invited to participate in Congressional Visits Day, Washington, DC, in October (picture on the left). The group of participants is comprised primarily of members of the MRS Presidential Line and Board of Directors as well as Government Affairs Committee leadership.

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August 21, 2014 - Alexandra Boltasseva is featured in Wiles Magazine's annual Hot List compiled with female engineers in a variety of fields.

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July 30, 2014 - It is time to say farewell to Paul West who contributed tremendously to our group’s fabrication portfolio acquiring and working with advanced glancing angle deposition (GLAD) system within transformation optics project. Paul has accepted an offer from Intel and left for Portland. Good luck with everything, Paul, and visit your Purdue family soon!

See Paul’s ART GALLERY here!

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June 23, 2014 - Congratulations to our group member Naresh Emani who got SPIE travel grant to attend SPIE Optics and Photonics conference in San Diego, CA, August 16-21, 2014. Congratulations!

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June 23-24, 2014 - Alexandra Boltasseva and Vladimir Shalaev gave short courses on nanophotonics, plasmonics and optical metamaterials at Kazan Federal University, laboratory on Nanophotonics led by Prof. Sergey Kharintsev. See a nice pic ...

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June 16, 2014 - Alexandra Boltasseva receives an inaugural "DANIELA PUCCI" prize at NanoPlasm Conference, June 16-20, 2014, Cetraro, Italy for her invited talk on new plasmonic ceramics for nanophotonic applications.

"It is a great honor to receive this prize - and a great responsibility too. Prof. Pucci was a talented researcher, a passionate teacher and a great human being. She is greatly missed. I will do my very best to carry her passion for science, her love for life, her spirit and her dreams."

Please read about Prof. Daniela Pucci here.

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May 18, 2014 - Gururaj Naik, a former member of our group (now postdoc at Stanford) who did outstanding work on new plasmonic materials, visited his "Purdue family" this May for the Graduation Ceremony. Congratulations again, Guru! Keep up the good work and visit us often.

 

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May 12, 2014 - Purdue News: Advance brings 'hyperbolic metamaterials' closer to reality.

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May 6, 2014 - SPIE Newsroom: Plasmonic materials that are compatible with standard processing techniques can be used for optical waveguides and modulators without sacrificing performance and functionality.

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April 18, 2014 - A Purdue press release and a paper "Refractory Plasmonics" (Science, 344, 263-4 (2014)) highlight our work on refractory plasmonic materials/thermo-plasmonics with potential applications in thermal photovoltaics, heat assisted magnetic recording of data on computer hard drives and photo-thermal cancer therapy.

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April 14, 2014 - Professor Alexandra Boltasseva chosen as University Faculty Scholar

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February 28, 2014: Politiken - one of Denmark's leading newspapers - published an article Women and humanists rarely get Elite Researcher Awards featuring Alexandra's picture from her award's year. Since 2007, 40 prizes have been awarded but only 4 women got the prize.

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December 6, 2013: Alexandra was featured in the article Alexandra Boltasseva: A Rising Star, published by The Institute - the member newspaper of the IEEE.

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October 24, 2013: Alexandra Boltasseva has been elected to become a new member of the Board of Directors of the Materials Research Society for a three-year term beginning January 1, 2014. The top-rank MRS Officials, Orlando Auciello (President) and Todd M. Osman (Executive Director), congratulated Alexandra on her election to the MRS Board of Directors and so did the administration of Web resource Women in Nanoscience.

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June 2013: Alexandra Boltasseva accepts IEEE Photonics Society 2013 Young Investigator Award at CLEO 2013 plenary session (picture on the left; with IEEE Photonics Society President Hideo Kuwahara).

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May 20, 2013 - Our OMEx papers on titanium nitride and transparent conducing oxides as plasmonic materials have been the TOP OMEx downloads over the past two years.

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Gururaj Naik, a recent graduate from our group, wins IEEE Photonics Society (IPS) 2013 Graduate Student Fellowship/! The award will be presented to Gururaj on September 9th at IEEE Photonics Conference.

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Gururaj Naik (picture on the left), receives Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award from the College of Engineering, Purdue University. The prestigious award recognizes his excellence in research. Gururaj's research focuses on developing new plasmonic materials and devices that pave the way for plasmonic and metamaterial technologies. Learn more ....

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Professor Alexandra Boltasseva receives 2013 MRS Outstanding Young Investigator Award. The award will be presented at the 2013 MRS Spring Meeting in San Francisco on Wednesday, April 3, 2013. Read more ...

April 2, 2013: 2013 MRS Outstanding Young Investigator Award Winner Alexandra Boltasseva was interviewed by MRS TV: watch the interview (which was also reproduced here); watch Prof. A. Boltasseva's talk at 2013 MRS Spring Meeting.

In the picture on the left: MRS Award Ceremony, April 3rd 2013, Alexandra Boltasseva and Orlando Auciello, MRS president (Argonne National Laboratory)

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IEEE Photonics Society News features 2013 Young Investigator Award recipient: Alexandra Boltasseva, February 2013.

Professor Alexandra Boltasseva wins 2013 Young Investigator Award from IEEE Photonics Society "For seminal contributions to the development of metal-dielectric waveguides for integrated optics and novel approaches for realization of nanoplasmonic devices." December 5, 2012, Purdue Spotlight. Read more ...

Purdue Impact Online - Summer 2012 - New 'metamaterial' practical for optical advances.

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June 21, 2012 - Professor Alexandra Boltasseva has been selected to take part in NAE's U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium.

Seventy-eight of the nation's brightest young engineers have been selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering's (NAE) 18th annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium. Engineers ages 30 to 45 who are performing exceptional engineering research and technical work in a variety of disciplines will come together for the 2 1/2 day event. The participants were nominated by fellow engineers or organizations and chosen from approximately 300 applicants.

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New 'metamaterial' practical for optical advances, Purdue University News Service, May 14, 2012.

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Metamaterials Step Into the Light

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Our recent paper on TiN as alternative plasmonic material was selected for OSA press-release.

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Plasmonics and metamaterials: looking beyond gold and silver

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Hyperbolic metamaterials explained in 5 minutes (video, courtesy of Leo Alekseev)

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Watch a short video summarizing the topics of our research

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Purdue researcher wins award for top young innovators (Purdue University News Service): Alexandra Boltasseva, a Purdue University assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been named one of the world's top young innovators by Technology Review magazine (read more ...), August, 2011.

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A paper highlighted by the editors of the OSA's open-access journal Optical Materials Express: "In the fields of plasmonics and plasmonic metamaterials, reduction in metal losses is important and crucial for potential applications. It will bring the technology from the proof-of-principle research to system-qualified development. In their paper (Oxides and nitrides as alternative plasmonic materials in the optical range), Purdue University researchers Naik, Kim and Boltasseva explore the use of alternative materials such as conducting oxides and transition-metal nitrides that feature lower intrinsic absorption than conventional plasmonic metals", September, 2011.

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In search of new materials, March, 2011.

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New Materials Could Turn Near-Fantastic Devices like Invisibility Cloaks and Hyperlenses into Reality, February 27, 2011.

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New materials may bring advanced optical technologies, cloaking, Purdue University News Service, January 21, 2011; reproduced (with modifications) in

and other publications.

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"Prof. Alexandra Boltasseva receives SAOT Young Researcher Award in Advanced Optical Technologies (read more... ; still more in News and Highlights: Laser and Photonics Reviews)." Photographs from the Award Ceremony can be seen here ...

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Sasha's poems (in Russian)