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Natural and Artificial Photonic Structures and Devices

Natural and Artificial Photonic Structures and Devices (NAPS) Research Group

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Light-matter interaction is the basis of some of the most fascinating phenomena in nature. It is also key for cutting-edge technologies making photonics one of the most thriving industries worldwide.  At NAPS we use a highly multidisciplinary approach to investigate novel strategies for the manipulation of light-matter interactions based on micro and nano-structuration.  We are particularly passionate about biological and bioinspired systems where classical and quantum concepts of light-matter interaction are mixed, in particular those with implications for light-harvesting. Our research lines include:

  • Natural Photonics
  • Biomimetics and bioinspired metamaterials
  • Quantum biology

Working at interfaces between physics, biology and material science, our research often requires developing of advanced optical characterization techniques for which we built upon the strong background in optics characterization and photonics modelling and design of our team. We are also interested in different aspects of 2D materials integration for photonic applications.

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ON GOING RESEARCH PROJECTS

With this project we aim to unveil the role of natural nanophotonic structures in photosynthesis and demonstrate their possibilities as a source of  bio-inspiration for energy harvesting technologies. We will also develop advanced  characterization  techniques that will allow us to investigate the optical properties of natural nanostructures and the photosynthetic activity of single cells simultaneously.

COSiNUS project (Co-fund MSCA)  investigated the photonic properties of Diatom microalgae form silicate shells with highly ordered features. We seek for both, potential biological functionality, but also ways to exploit the structures for advanced, bio-inspired photonic technologies.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • 2018

    O’Brien Lennon Atkinson Cryan Oulton Whitney H E J G M J R H M M. Lopez-Garcia N. Masters

    Light-induced dynamic structural color by intracelullar 3D photonic crystals in brown algae Journal Article

    Science Advances, 2018.

    Abstract | Links | BibTeX

  • 2017

    PC Taverne Zheng Ho Rarity M X Y-L D J G L. Chen M. Lopez-Garcia

    Direct wide-angle measurement of a photonic band structure in a three-dimensional photonic crystal using infrared Fourier imaging spectroscopy Journal Article

    Optics Letters, 2017.

    Abstract | Links | BibTeX

  • 2016

    Phrathep T.Lawson Oulton Whitney O-P R H M. Jacobs M. Lopez-Garcia

    Photonic multilayer structure of Begonia chloroplasts enhances photosynthetic efficiency Journal Article

    Nature Plants, 2016.

    Abstract | Links | BibTeX

    Murshidy Abdel-Hady Serry Adawi Rarity Oulton Barnes M M A G M Y A M J G R W L S. Nuñez-Sanchez M. Lopez-Garcia

    Excitonic Optical Tamm States: A Step toward a Full Molecular–Dielectric Photonic Integration Journal Article

    ACS Photonics, 2016.

    Abstract | Links | BibTeX

  • 2014

    Withayachumnankul Shah Mitchell Bhaskaran Sriram R.Oulton Klemm Fumeaux W C M A M S M C L. Zou M. Lopez-Garcia

    Spectral and Angular Characteristics of Dielectric Resonator Metasurface at Optical Frequencies Journal Article

    Applied Physics Letters, 2014.

    Abstract | Links | BibTeX

    Taverne Chen Murshidy Edwards Serry Adawi Rarity Oulton M P C L M M A P M Y A M J G R M. Lopez-Garcia Y. D. Ho

    Efficient Out-coupling and Beaming of Tamm Optical States via Surface Plasmon Polariton Excitation Journal Article

    Applied Physics Letters, 2014.

    Abstract | Links | BibTeX

GROUP LEADER

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THE TEAM

Miguel Castillo
Scientific Associate/PhD Candidate

Francisca Guedes
PhD candidate (Quantum Portugal Initiative)

José Gama
MSc Student University of Minho

Former Group Members

Dr. Johannes Goessling
Research Fellow

Dr. William Wardley
Research Fellow

Apply with us for a Ph.D. position and join our team!

We are currently supporting applications to the LA Caixa Foundation doctoral fellowship program.  If you are interested to apply for a project or if you have any doubt/other suggestions please contact by email Dr. Martín López.

https://fundacionlacaixa.org/en/educacion-becas/becas-la-caixa/doctorado-inphinit/descripcion-del-programa

Join the Natural and Artificial Photonic Structures and Devices group!

  • Highly motivated postdocs, PhD candidates and postgraduates in Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Materials  Engineering and related areas are welcome  to conduct research in the group!.  We arealso   keen to support applications to postdoctoral and PhdD individual fellowships such as Marie Skłodowska-Curie. Contact martin.lopez@inl.int for further information on funding opportunities.

Latest News

Our research in collaboration with the University of Bristol on living opals is already available in Science Advances. Have a look at this piece here for a summary on our findings:

 

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http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/04/scientists-uncover-secret-behind-shimmering-seaweed

NAPS_logo_3

Light-matter interaction is the basis of some of the most fascinating phenomena in nature. It is also key for cutting-edge technologies making photonics one of the most thriving industries worldwide.  At NAPS we use a highly multidisciplinary approach to investigate novel strategies for the manipulation of light-matter interactions based on micro and nano-structuration.  We are particularly passionate about biological and bioinspired systems where classical and quantum concepts of light-matter interaction are mixed, in particular those with implications for light-harvesting. Our research lines include:

  • Natural Photonics
  • Biomimetics and bioinspired metamaterials
  • Quantum biology

Working at interfaces between physics, biology and material science, our research often requires developing of advanced optical characterization techniques for which we built upon the strong background in optics characterization and photonics modelling and design of our team. We are also interested in different aspects of 2D materials integration for photonic applications.

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PROJECTS

With this project we aim to unveil the role of natural nanophotonic structures in photosynthesis and demonstrate their possibilities as a source of  bio-inspiration for energy harvesting technologies. We will also develop advanced  characterization  techniques that will allow us to investigate the optical properties of natural nanostructures and the photosynthetic activity of single cells simultaneously.

COSiNUS project (Co-fund MSCA)  investigated the photonic properties of Diatom microalgae form silicate shells with highly ordered features. We seek for both, potential biological functionality, but also ways to exploit the structures for advanced, bio-inspired photonic technologies.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • 2018

    O’Brien Lennon Atkinson Cryan Oulton Whitney H E J G M J R H M M. Lopez-Garcia N. Masters

    Light-induced dynamic structural color by intracelullar 3D photonic crystals in brown algae Journal Article

    Science Advances, 2018.

    Abstract | Links | BibTeX

  • 2017

    PC Taverne Zheng Ho Rarity M X Y-L D J G L. Chen M. Lopez-Garcia

    Direct wide-angle measurement of a photonic band structure in a three-dimensional photonic crystal using infrared Fourier imaging spectroscopy Journal Article

    Optics Letters, 2017.

    Abstract | Links | BibTeX

  • 2016

    Phrathep T.Lawson Oulton Whitney O-P R H M. Jacobs M. Lopez-Garcia

    Photonic multilayer structure of Begonia chloroplasts enhances photosynthetic efficiency Journal Article

    Nature Plants, 2016.

    Abstract | Links | BibTeX

    Murshidy Abdel-Hady Serry Adawi Rarity Oulton Barnes M M A G M Y A M J G R W L S. Nuñez-Sanchez M. Lopez-Garcia

    Excitonic Optical Tamm States: A Step toward a Full Molecular–Dielectric Photonic Integration Journal Article

    ACS Photonics, 2016.

    Abstract | Links | BibTeX

  • 2014

    Withayachumnankul Shah Mitchell Bhaskaran Sriram R.Oulton Klemm Fumeaux W C M A M S M C L. Zou M. Lopez-Garcia

    Spectral and Angular Characteristics of Dielectric Resonator Metasurface at Optical Frequencies Journal Article

    Applied Physics Letters, 2014.

    Abstract | Links | BibTeX

    Taverne Chen Murshidy Edwards Serry Adawi Rarity Oulton M P C L M M A P M Y A M J G R M. Lopez-Garcia Y. D. Ho

    Efficient Out-coupling and Beaming of Tamm Optical States via Surface Plasmon Polariton Excitation Journal Article

    Applied Physics Letters, 2014.

    Abstract | Links | BibTeX

GROUP LEADER

Martin_Lopez_w-e1545155611575

TEAM MEMBERS

Johannes Goessling
Research Fellow

William Wardley
Research Fellow

Miguel Castillo
Scientific Associate/PhD Candidate

Latest News

Our research in collaboration with the University of Bristol on living opals is already available in Science Advances. Have a look at this piece here for a summary on our findings:

 

seaweed_16x9

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/04/scientists-uncover-secret-behind-shimmering-seaweed

Join the Natural and Artificial Photonic Structures and Devices group!

We invite motivated post-bachelor students from the Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Materials  Engineering and related areas to contact us for possibilities to conduct research internships or master thesis projects in our group!  Highly motivated PhD candidates and postdocs with nanophotonics research experience, please contact martin.lopez@inl.int for further information on funding opportunities (e.g. FCT grants, Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship grants and others) to join the team.