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Our projects

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One day's moments caught on film (click on a button below to see the corresponding image; click on an image to see its larger version):


June 2020: Our paper Determining plasmonic hot-carrier energy distributions via single-molecule transport measurements came out in Science magazine.

The paper prompted Press Releases from Purdue University and University of Michigan.


June 2020: Our paper Plasmonic and phononic properties of epitaxial conductive transition metal nitrides came out in Journal of Optics.

May 2020: Our paper Machine-learning-assisted metasurface design for high-efficiency thermal emitter optimization came out in Applied Physics Reviews.

This paper is highlighted in an AIP Scilight article Machine learning assists in the fast, efficient design of nanophotonic devices.

May 2020: Our research team member Deesha Shah receives the Teddi Laurin Scholarship.

May 2020: Our paper Ultrafast quantum photonics enabled by coupling plasmonic nanocavities to strongly radiative antennas came out in Optica magazine (supplement).

May 2020: Our paper Solar Thermoplasmonic Nanofurnace for High-Temperature Heterogeneous Catalysis came out in Nano Letters.

April 2020: Our paper TiN@TiO2 Core–Shell Nanoparticles as Plasmon‐Enhanced Photo-sensitizers: The Role of Hot Electron Injection came out in Laser & Photonics Reviews.

March 2020: Our paper Trans-dimensional material platforms for tunable metasurface design came out in MRS Bulletin.

March 2020: Our paper Adiabatic frequency shifting in epsilon-near-zero materials: the role of group velocity came out in Optica journal.

March 2020: Our research team member Shaimaa Azzam receives an Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award from Purdue College of Engineering.


February 2020: Our paper Negative Refraction in Time-Varying Strongly Coupled Plasmonic-Antenna–Epsilon-Near-Zero Systems came out in Phys. Rev. Letters.

February 2020: Our paper Broad Frequency Shift of Parametric Processes in Epsilon-Near-Zero Time-Varying Media came out in Applied Sciences journal

January 2020: Our research team member Samuel Peana receives the Helen & Rolf Illsley Scholarship from the Society of Vacuum Coaters Foundation.


January 2020: Our research team member Xiaohui Xu (PhD advdisor Prof. A. Boltasseva) receives an SVC Foundation Scholarship from the Society of Vacuum Coaters Foundation.


January 2020: Our paper Transdimensional epsilon-near-zero modes in planar plasmonic nanostructures came out in Phys. Rev. Research.

January 2020: Our paper Dynamical Control of Broadband Coherent Absorption in ENZ Films came out in Micromachines journal.

January 2020: In a wonderful company of all those who ever won The Willis E. Lamb Award for Laser Science and Quantum Optics (click on the pic to see its larger version)

December 2019: Our paper Superconductivity Behavior in Epitaxial TiN Films Points to Surface Magnetic Disorder came out Phys. Rev. Applied.

December 2019: Our paper High‐Speed, and Large‐Amplitude Dynamic Optical Switching with Yttrium‐Doped Cadmium Oxide came out in Advanced Functional Materials.

December 2019: Our review article Near-zero-index materials for photonics came out in Nature Reviews Materials.

November 2019: Two ECE professors named to the Highly Cited Researchers list for 2019 - Vladimir M. Shalaev, the Bob and Anne Burnett Distinguished Professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Peide “Peter” Ye, the Richard J. and Mary Jo Schwartz professor of electrical and computer engineering.

November 2019: "The Office of the Vice President for Research and Partnerships is pleased to announce the Oklahoma University Research Distinguished Lecture Series. ... To launch the series, we have invited Distinguished Professor Vladimir Shalaev of Purdue University to be the first OU RDLS speaker." The lecture is entitled "Plasmonic Metamaterials Meet Quantum".

October 2019: Our paper Colors with plasmonic nanostructures: A full-spectrum review came out in Applied Physics Reviews.

October 2019: Our paper Non-linearities and carrier dynamics in refractory plasmonic TiN thin films is among Top Downloads from Optical Materials Express in September 2018.

September 2019: Purdue University News - Vladimir Shalaev has been selected as the 2020 recipient of the Frank Isakson Prize for Optical Effects in Solid Materials, presented by American Physical Society.

The award, given out every other year, recognizes outstanding optical research that leads to breakthroughs in the condensed matter sciences.

September 2019: Our paper Nonlinearities and carrier dynamics in refractory plasmonic TiN thin films came out in Optical Materials Express.

August 2019: Our paper Tuning Topology of Photonic Systems with Transparent Conducting Oxides came out in ACS Publications.

August 2019: Our review paper Plasmon‐Enhanced Photoelectro-chemical Water Splitting for Efficient Renewable Energy Storage came out in Advanced Materials.

July 2019: Our paper Spatiotemporal light control with frequency-gradient metasurfaces came out in Science magazine.

July 2019: Light may increase magnetic memory speeds 1,000 times, decrease electricity consumption, Purdue Research Foundation News.

July 2019: Our paper Strontium Niobate for Near‐Infrared Plasmonics came out in Adv. Opt. Materials.

June 2019: Our paper Photonic topological phase transition on demand came out in Nanophotonics.

June 2019: Our team member "Soham Saha has been awarded a 2019 Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, for his potential contributions to the field of optics, photonics or related field".

June 2019: Check out our CLEO 2019 papers.

May 2019: Our paper Gap-plasmon enhanced water splitting with ultrathin hematite films: the role of plasmonic-based light trapping and hot electrons came out in Faraday Discussions.

May 2019: Our review article Spatiotemporal light control with active metasurfaces came out in Science magazine.

May 2019: Our perspective article Overcoming quantum decoherence with plasmonics came out in Science magazine.

May 2019: Our paper Spatial and Temporal Nanoscale Plasmonic Heating Quantified by Thermo-reflectance came out in Nano Letters.

March 2019: Our papers came out:

January 2019: Check out our newly granted patent Sub-millimeter real-time circular dichroism spectrometer with metasurfaces

January 2019: Our paper Achieving full-color generation with polarization-tunable perfect light absorption came out in Optical Materials Express.

January 2019: "Purdue dives deeper into potentially game-changing field of quantum science and engineering".

January 2019: Our paper Photonic Spin Hall Effect in Robust Phase Gradient Metasurfaces Utilizing Transition Metal Nitrides came out in ACS Photonics. In this work, we've demonstrated efficient photonic spin Hall Effect in robust phase gradient metasurfaces utilizing the refractory transition metal nitrides TiN and ZrN. The work has been featured on one of the journal's covers.

Prof. V. Shalaev

Vladimir M. Shalaev - The Robert and Anne Burnett Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University

Whether you are a Student, a Researcher, or the CEO

of a dynamic company active in the field of photonics and nanotechnology, I hope you will find something interesting for you on this website and that you will visit us again.

You can reach me via:

Phone: +1 765 494-9855
E-mail: shalaev@purdue.edu
Mail: Purdue University (contd.)

Birck Nanotechnology Center
1205 West State Street
West Lafayette, Indiana 47906

More info on our research and collaborations can be found here:

The video below describes in some detail nanophotonics effort led by Professors V. Shalaev, A Boltasseva, and A. Kildishev at Purdue's Birck Nanotechnology Center.

Exerpts from this video appear in the sections describing relevant projects on pages

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January 2019: Our paper Transdimensional Photonics came out in ACS Photonics.

December 2018: Our news article 30 Million Single Photons Per Second — At Room Temperature came out in Optics & Photonics News.

December 2018: Our paper Formation of Bound States in the Continuum in Hybrid Plasmonic-Photonic Systems came out in Phys. Rev. Letters.

December 2018: Our paper Suppression of near-field coupling in plasmonic antennas on epsilon-near-zero substrates came out in Optica journal.

October 2018: Our paper On-Chip Hybrid Photonic-Plasmonic Waveguides with Ultrathin Titanium Nitride Films came out in ACS Photonics.

October 2018: Acquaint youeself with our recently granted US patent Holey Optical Device.

October 2018: Our paper Synchrotron radiation from an accelerating light pulse came out in Science Magazine.

The results described in the paper were highlighted in a Purdue press release entitled Light-bending tech shrinks kilometers-long radiation system to millimeter scale.

October 2018: Our paper Degenerate optical nonlinear enhancement in epsilon-near-zero transparent conducting oxides came out in Optical Materials Express.

October 2018: Our paper Exploring Time‐Resolved Multiphysics of Active Plasmonic Systems with Experiment‐Based Gain Models came out in Laser & Photonics Reviews.

October 2018: Our work on ultrabright single-photon emission was featured in a Purdue press release entitled Toward unhackable communication: Single particles of light could bring the 'quantum internet'.

September 2018:
Our research group member Di Wang received Best Student Paper Award at the SPIE Active Photonic Platforms Conference for the paper "Mapping temperature distribution of optically pumped gap plasmon structure using thermoreflectance imaging".

August 2018: Check out our recently granted patent System for producing ultra-thin color phase hologram with metasurfaces.

August 2018: Our paper Material platforms for optical metasurfaces came out in Nanophotonics.

August 2018: Our paper Ultrathin and multicolour optical cavities with embedded metasurfaces that came out recently in Nature Communications prompted a Purdue University News article Low bandwidth? Use more colors at once which in turn was picked up by several science news outlets.

August 2018: Our paper Optical response of finite-thickness ultrathin plasmonic films came out in MRS Communications.

July 2018: A Gordon Research Conference Plasmonics and Nanophotonics - Harvesting, Generating, and Manipulating Light at the Nanoscale has taken palce on July 8-13, 2018 in Newry, ME, USA. Profs. A. Boltasseva and V. Shalaev of Purdue have contributed.

July 2018: Our paper Ultrabright Room-Temperature Sub-Nanosecond Emission from Single Nitrogen-Vacancy Centers Coupled to Nanopatch Antennas came out in Nano Letters.

July 2018: Our paper Controlling the Plasmonic Properties of Ultrathin TiN Films at the Atomic Level came out in ACS Photonics.