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© Mark Knight

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I studied Physics and Astrophysics at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain) and the Université de Liège (Belgium). In 2002 I received the PhD degree at the Universiteit van Amsterdam for a research on Anderson localization of light. I worked as postdoctoral researcher at the RWTH technical University in Aachen (Germany) from 2002 until 2005, working on THz photonics and plasmonics. In 2005, I become project leader (tenure tracker) at the FOM Institute AMOLF group and at Philips Research to set up the group Surface Photonics working on nano- and THz photonics. In 2010 I was appointed as part-time professor at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and group leader (tenure scientist) at AMOLF. In 2015 we moved the group to DIFFER and I became full-professor at TU/e.




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I joined the Surface Photonics group in September 2014, following graduate studies in femtosecond multidimensional spectroscopy at the University of Toronto (Canada) under the supervision of Prof. R.J. Dwayne Miller. My thesis work was centered primarily on the dynamics of molecular excitons in prototypical light-harvesting systems, and coherent control of photo-chemical reactions using shaped laser pulses. Here at TU/e my focus has been split between studying emission and transport properties of organic molecules coupled to plasmonic nanoparticle arrays, and terahertz spectroscopy and microscopy of photonic structures in the far-infrared. In my free time I enjoy cooking, ice-hockey, and homebrewing!



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I completed in 2011 my Master thesis on optics at the Fudan University (China). The same year I joined Prof. Thomas Ebbesen’s group for a PhD research at the University of Strasbourg. During the PhD until 09/2015, I have mainly worked on strong light-matter coupling, exploring how this coupling can affect the molecular and material properties. Currently, I work at the Surface Photonics group as a Post-doc, focusing on strong coupling with 2D materials and investigating its fundamental consequences.




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I started in the Surface Photonics group in April 2016 after doing a Master in the PSN group at the Eindhoven Univeristy of Technology. My master graduation project was focused on the application of semiconductor nanowires for use in photovoltaic solar cells. I am currently working on strongly coupled systems in the THz regime. In the free time I like do sports: running and field hockey, and one of my passions is traveling.



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Prior to joining the group Surface Photonics as a PhD student, I received my bachelor degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in Tehran (Iran). I continued my studies in master degree at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland) in Materials Science and Engineering, with the orientation of semiconductor and optoelectronics materials. I did six-month internship at Philips Research Laboratories in Eindhoven (The Netherlands) at the department of Photonics Materials and Devices, where I worked on plasmonic metasurfaces for solid-state lighting in the group Surface Photonics. My graduation thesis was awarded as the best of my promotion on Materials Science and Engineering at EPFL. My current research mainly involves studying strong light-matter interaction in proximity of resonant metallic nanostructures and investigating the nonlinear behavior of such systems at room temperature.



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In May 2017 I joined the group Surface Photonics. The project I am working on focuses on exciton-polariton transport in organic semiconductors.
Before coming to Eindhoven I studied applied physics at the University of Groningen, where I did my master graduation project in the Photophysics and Opto-Electronics group about water splitting by organic-inorganic hybrid photocathodes. During my master I did an internship at Polyera Corporation in Chicago about the influence of molecular conjugation length on charge transport in organic electronics. In my free time I like to play the bass.


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I joined the surface photonics group in February 2018, after completing my master graduation project in the same group. My research is focused on using THz microscopy to investigate photo-conductivity and strongly coupled systems. Before I started at the Surface Photonics group I was in Copenhagen for an internship and received my master degree from the Eindhoven University of Technology.
In my free time I enjoy cycling and reading.





I joined the Surface Photonics group in November 2017 after doing an internship at DIFFER where I discovered about the research done by the Surface Photonics group. Prior to that I received my bachelor degree in Physics at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and my master at the University of Utrecht. My current research focuses in the coupling (weak and strong) of excitons in 2D-semiconductors (transition metal dichalcogenides) with photonic modes in nanoparticle arrays. In my free time I like to cook, reading and traveling.





I am a fourth-year Chemical Physics student from the University of Edinburgh carrying out a year-long internship at the Photonics for Energy group. My project here focuses on transition metal dichalcogenide monolayers. Last summer I undertook an internship at the Basque Center for Materials, Nanostructures, and Applications studying polymer-ionic liquid composites for the development of ionic exchange membranes. In previous summers I worked in the Polymerization Processes group at Polymat, the Basque Center for Macromolecular Design and Engineering. In my free time I write and edit for my university’s science magazine (EUSci) and am actively involved in the Edinburgh Debates Union. I also enjoy reading, traveling and discovering new foods.


Former PhD students:

  • Arkabrata Bhattarchya, Scientist at Tata Institue of Fundamental Research (Mumbai, India)
  • Dick van Dam, Patent attorney at NLO (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
  • Giorgios Georgiou, postdoc at NÉEL – CRNS (Grenoble, France)
  • Martijn Schaafsma, working at ASML (Veldhoven, The Netherlands)
  • Giuseppe Pirruccio, scientist at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico City, Mexico)
  • Said Rodriguez, group leader at AMOLF (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
  • Grzegorz Grzela, working at ASML (Veldhoven, The Netherlands)
  • Yingqian Zhang, working at ASML (Veldhoven, The Netherlands)
  • Silke Diedenhofen, FOM/f fellow at TU Delft (Delft, The Netherlands)


Former Postdocs (since 2018):

  • Quynh Le Van (Postdoc at the University of California-San Diego)


Former Interns (since 2018):

  • Lisette Spiering (Saxion Applied University in Enschede)
  • Ben Lont (Fontys Applied University in Eindhoven)