Welcome to my research group's website!

Remembering Professor Mark Stockman - a colleague and a friend (photo credit: N. Zheludev): here is one of the cherished moments with Mark. You can learn more about Mark Stockman here, and still more here:


Our projects

Click on an image or a caption below to learn about a particular project.

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):


October 2021: Creating Quantum Emitters in Hexagonal Boron Nitride Deterministically on Chip-Compatible Substrates came out in Nano Letters.

October 2021: Our paper Efficient Topology-Optimized Couplers for On-Chip Single-Photon Sources came out in ACS Photonics.

September 2021: Study: First observation of high-harmonic generation in robust, refractory metals, Purdue News - highlights our research.

August 2021: Our team member Soham Saha has been chosen to receive the 2021 Dimitris N. Chorafas Foundation Award: Congratulations Soham for receiving this thoroughly deserved by you, prestigious award!

Soham Saha

August 2021: Our paper High-harmonic generation in metallic titanium nitride came out in Nature Communications.

August 2021: A book Frontiers in Optics and Photonics (Edited by F. Capasso and D. Couwenberg) has recently been published (De Gruyter) to which we contributed a chapter entitled Machine learning-assisted global optimization of photonic devices.

July 2021: Our paper Tunable Metasurfaces: Controlling Light in Space and Time came out in Optics & Photonics News.

June 2021: Check out my talk entitled "Empowering Quantum Photonics with Nanoplasmonics and Machine Learning" at the recent QSC Quantum Summer School

and a stimulating panel discussion

May 2021: Our research team member Sarah Nahar Chowdhury receivs SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship. Congratulations, Sarah!Deesha Shah

May 2021: Familiarize yourself with contributions of M.I. Stockman to the field of pnano-optics.

May 2021: Congratulations to our research team member Deesha Shah for receiving a Corning Women in Optical Communications Scholarship!! Deesha Shah

April 2021: Congratulations to Deesha Shah for receiving the Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship!

March 2021: Happy to see our paper on Engineering photonic density of states using metamaterials in the top 0.5% of the published work cited and or downloaded from Applied Physics B in the past 4 decades! The paper is a result of collaboration among the research groups of Z. Jacob, A. Boltasseva, E. Narimanov, V. M. Shalaev.

March 2021: An article entitled Mark Stockman: Evangelist for Plasmonics honoring Professor M. Stockman and highlighting his many contributions to the field of plasmonics came out in ACS Photonics.

March 2021: Check out my recent "Coffee Hour" interview that touched upon a variety of topics:

January 2021: Our papers

came out in Laser Photonics Reviews.

December 2020: Our paper Lithography-Free Plasmonic Color Printing with Femtosecond Laser on Semicontinuous Silver Films came out in ACS Photonics.

November 2020: Our paper Extraordinarily large permittivity modulation in zinc oxide for dynamic nanophotonics came out in Materials Today journal.

November 2020: Two Purdue ECE professors - A. Boltasseva and V. M. Shalaev - have been named to the list of Highly Cited Researchers 2020 from the Web of Science Group (Purdue ECE News).

November 2020: Our paper Hybrid magneto photonic material structure for plasmon assisted magnetic switching came out in Opt. Mater. Express.

October 2020: Our paper Machine learning–assisted global optimization of photonic devices came out in Nanophotonics journal.

October 2020: Our paper Single‐Photon Sources: Chip‐Compatible Quantum Plasmonic Launcher came out in Advanced Optical Materials. The paper is highlighted on the journal front cover.

September 2020: Our paper Reduced optical losses in refractory plasmonic titanium nitride thin films deposited with molecular beam epitaxy came out in Optical Materials Express.

September 2020: A Purdue Press Release New machine learning-assisted method rapidly classifies quantum sources highlights our recent work: see ref below. The story was picked up by a number of Sci&Tech news outlets.

Our paper Rapid Classification of Quantum Sources Enabled by Machine Learning came out in Advanced Quantum Technologies journal.

August 2020: Check out our presentations at SPIE Optics + Photonics 2020 Digital Forum:

August 2020: Our paper Dynamically controlled random lasing with colloidal titanium carbide MXene came out in Opt. Mater. Express.

August 2020: Check out our newly granted patent (#US 10,739,261 B2) Surface-plasmon opto-magnetic field enhancement for all-optical magnetization switching.

July 2020: Our paper On-chip Single-layer Integration of Diamond Spins with Microwave and Plasmonic Channels came out in ACS Photonics.

July 2020: Our paper Enhancing the graphene photocurrent using surface plasmons and a p-n junction came out in Nature - Light Sci Appl.

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

This paper is highlighted in a Science Perspective article Interrogating hot electrons in tunnel junctions.

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

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.

I am looking for bright students and post docs to join our group with expertise in the areas of quantum photonics, machine learning, nanolasers, and novel optical materials.

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 outlines nanophotonics effort led by Professors V. Shalaev, A Boltasseva, and A. Kildishev at Purdue's Birck Nanotechnology Center:

and our talks at recent 6th International Conference On Quantum Technologies provide more detail:

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

May 2020: Our review article Ten years of spasers and plasmonic nanolasers came out in Light: Science & Applications journal.

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.