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Nanophotonics at Southampton
Centre for Photonic Metamaterials
Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton

Prof. Zheludev awarded the President's Science and Technology Awards (PSTA)

Dec 2020: The President's Science and Technology Awards (PSTA) are the highest honours bestowed on exceptional research scientists and engineers in Singapore for their excellent achievements in science and technology. These national awards are given annually to recognise and celebrate outstanding and invaluable contributions by individuals or teams to the research and development landscape in Singapore.
Professor Zheludev and his Singapore-based colleagues Associate Professor Chong Yidong and Associate Professor Zhang Baile from NTU, are honoured for their global leadership in, and fundamental contributions to, topological nanophotonics research which underpins the development of a new generation of light-based technologies. The team’s research is conducted at the Centre for Disruptive Photonic Technologies (CDPT) founded and directed by Professor Zheludev.

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Prof. Zheludev recognized as a “Highly Cited Researcher”

Nov 2020: Each year, Clarivate™ identifies the world’s most influential researchers ─ the select few who have been most frequently cited by their peers over the last decade. In 2020, fewer than 6,200, or about 0.1%, of the world's researchers, in 21 research fields and across multiple fields, have earned this exclusive distinction. Prof. Zheludev has been recognized for a third year in succession.

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£5.5M Nano-metrology Programme Grant

June 2020: The UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has announced funding for a five-year research programme, from Feb. 2021, on NEXT GENERATION METROLOGY DRIVEN BY NANOPHOTONICS. This collaboration between the University of Southampton’s Zepler Institute for Photonics & Nanoelectronics and the University of Huddersfield’s Centre for Precision Technologies will harness the latest advances in nanophotonics, plasmonics and metamaterials research to develop optical metrology tools and measurement techniques that can be deployed in the real-world and novel metrology concepts for nanotechnology.
Work at Southampton will be led by Prof Nikolay Zheludev, Prof Kevin MacDonald, Dr Eric Plum and Dr Bruce Ou. The Programme is supported by project partners including major metrology instrumentation companies Taylor Hobson and Renishaw, as well as QinetiQ, Qioptiq, and academic partners at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Prof. Zheludev elected to US National Academy of Engineering

Feb 2019: For his ‘leadership and technical contributions to optical metamaterials and nanophotonics’, Prof. Zheludev has been elected as a Foreign Member of the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE).

The NAE was founded in 1964 to advance the well-being of the nation (the USA) by promoting a vibrant engineering profession and by marshalling the expertise and insights of eminent engineers to provide independent advice to the federal government on matters involving engineering and technology. It is part of The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, and operates under the same congressional act of incorporation, signed by President Lincoln, that established the National Academy of Sciences in 1863. Election to the NAE, by one’s peers, is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer.

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Prof. Zheludev elected as a Fellow of
the Royal Society

May 2018: In recognition of the extensive role that he has played in advancing the field of photonics research, Prof. Zheludev has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society.

The Royal Society is the independent scientific academy of the UK and the Commonwealth, and the oldest of its kind in continuous existence. It is made up of the world’s most eminent scientists, engineers and technologists, with a purpose to recognise, promote, and support excellence in science. Becoming a Fellow remains one of the highest accolades that any scientist might aspire to.


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ERC Advanced Grant
on Flying Electromagnetic Toroids

April 2018: The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded Prof. Zheludev a €2.57M Advanced Grant to investigate the generation, detection, and interaction with matter of ‘flying toroids’ - a type of light pulse never experimentally studied before.

Advanced Grants provide long-term funding for ground-breaking, high-risk projects, offering unrivalled freedom to develop an area of research without predetermined priorities, and are among the ERC’s most competitive and prestigious awards.

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University of Southampton awarded Queen’s Anniversary Prize

Feb. 2018: In recognition of its world-leading expertise in photonics and fibre optic technology, the University of Southampton has been awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education.

The prize - representing the UK's most prestigious form of recognition for an academic or vocational institution, with approval directly from The Queen and Parliament – was presented by HRH Prince Charles and HRH the Duchess of Cornwall to Prof. Sir David Payne and Prof. Nikolay Zheludev from the university’s Optoelectronics Research Centre in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

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£ 5.6M Metadevices & Metasystems Grant

The UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has announced that the University of Southampton will lead a six-year research programme, from Oct. 2015, on THE PHYSICS AND TECHNOLOGY OF METADEVICES & METASYSTEMS.

This multidisciplinary programme will aim, through better understanding of the new physics of advanced materials structured on the nanoscale, to explore technological applications of photonic metadevices, particularly in telecommunications system applications.

The programme, directed by Prof. Nikolay Zheludev, will bring together research groups from Southampton’s Optoelectronics Research Centre, School of Chemistry, and School of Physics & Astronomy, and Heriot-Watt University’s Photonics & Quantum Sciences Institute. It is supported by international academic partners from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and the National Taiwan University, and by industrial partners Dstl, Oclaro Technology Ltd., BAE Systems plc and Ilika plc.

"Metamaterials: Optical Properties on Demand"
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