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Privacy Policy


We assume the same policies as University of Southampton unless stated otherwise below. For University of Southampton regulations, policies and guidelines click here. For the University of Southampton privacy policy click here. Please use the contact information provided here or e-mail addresses provided here to contact us regarding privacy matters that concern

This privacy policy informs users of about the general categories of personal data that are recorded and processed by this website and its administration as well as the purposes and legal basis for recording and processing of personal data by the website operator. In this policy, "we" refers to the website operator, the University of Southampton's Nanophotonics & Metamaterials Group.

We are committed to the privacy of users of our website and we handle any personal information in accordance with the law. Technological advances, further development of this website and changes in legal requirements can result in changes to this privacy policy at any time. Therefore, we recommend that you read it regularly.

The terms "personal data" and "processing" are defined in Article 4 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The term "users" refers to the users of the website

Access Data

The webserver hosting our website automatically stores access data for the purposes of legitimate security interests according to GDPR Article 6(1)f. Such data may include the accessed site, access time, number of bytes sent, referral source, your browser, your operating system and your IP-address. Access data is stored for security reasons, e.g. to allow investigations of misuse of the website.

Enquiry Data

If you contact us, then we will store your message including associated information (e.g. your name, e-mail address, headers and any attachments) for the purpose of processing and responding to your request. We will not share this information with third parties without your permission unless there is a legal requirement to do so.


This website uses cookies for cookie consent, statistics and altmetrics. Cookies are text files that are stored on your device. See headings "Cookie Consent", "Google Analytics" and "Altmetrics" below.

Cookie Consent

This website uses a cookie called "hidecookienotice" to remember within your browser when you accept the cookie notice for 1 year. You will not see the cookie notice again for 1 year unless you delete the cookie. This feature will not work if you disable cookies in your browser. This cookie does not collect any personal information.

Google Analytics

This website uses the service "Google Analytics" for the purposes of our legitimate interests of optimizing and analysing our website according to GDPR Article 6(1)f. This service (Google Analytics) is provided by Google Inc. (1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043, USA). Google Analytics uses "cookies". The information collected by these cookies is normally sent to a Google-server in the USA and stored there.

Google LLC complies with European data protection law and is certified under the Privacy Shield Framework:

My website uses IP anonymization for Google Analytics. Google will truncate/anonymize the IP address of each user within Member States of the European Union, European Economic Area and other parties to the Agreement. Only in exceptional cases, the full IP address is sent to and shortened by Google servers in the USA. Users cannot be identified from the anonymized IP-addresses.

Google Inc. uses the data it collects to analyze the traffic on based on the data processing agreement that we have entered with Google Inc. We use the data that is collected by Google to understand how is being used, e.g. to generate reports about the traffic on the website and to make improvements to the website.

You can prevent cookies from being stored on your device by selecting the corresponding browser settings.

You can also use a browser plugin to prevent your data from being used by Google Analytics:

Furthermore, you can click on this out-out link to prevent Google Analytics from collecting data about your use of this website. This will create an opt-out-cookie. Therefore, this will only work if your browser allows cookies and it will need to be repeated for each browser and if you delete the cookie.

Further information on how Google Inc. uses data is available at:


This website uses Altmetrics for our legitimate interest of providing impact information about our publications according to GDPR Article 6(1)f. This service is provided by Altmetric LLP (WeWork-Kings Place, 7th Floor, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG, United Kingdom).

For detailed information on how Altmetric LLP collects and processes personal information resulting from the use of Altmetrics please see:

Altmetric LLC complies with European data protection law and is based in the United Kingdom.

Altmetric LLC may use "cookies". You can prevent cookies from being stored on your device by selecting the corresponding browser settings. This may prevent the Altmetrics feature of this website from functioning correctly.

Rights of Users

Your principal rights under data protection law are the rights to access, rectification, erasure, restrict processing, object to processing, data portability, complain to a supervisory authority and withdraw consent. A full explanation of these rights is available in the relevant laws and guidance from the regulatory authorities.

Deletion of Personal Data

You have the right to request deletion of your personal information, provided that there is no legal requirement to store the data. We will delete personal information when it is not needed anymore for its intended purpose and when there is no legal requirement to keep it. If deletion is not possible due to legal requirements, then its processing will be restricted to prevent its use for other purposes.

Right to Object

Users of this website can object to processing of their personal data at any time. If you would like to request a correction, restriction, deletion of or information about your personal data, or if you have questions regarding collection, processing or use of your personal data, or would like to withdraw consent, then please contact us using our contact information available here. You can also contact us using the following e-mail address (without spaces and with @ instead of AT): A . Couvoussis AT soton . ac . uk