2015 Young Medal and Prize

Professor Nikolay Zheludev, University of Southampton, UK, and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, for global leadership and pioneering, seminal work in optical metamaterials and nanophotonics.

Professor Nikolay Zheludev

Nikolay Zheludev is one of the founding members, global leaders and pioneers of nanophotonics and metamaterials – fields that have revolutionised optics in the last few years. His seminal contributions to the science of nanophotonics and metamaterials are fundamental to the discipline and in the fullness of time will find their way into textbooks. He is driven by the desire to develop new applications of photonic technologies, and his work is characterised by an exceptionally high degree of novelty and breadth.

Zheludev described two- and three-dimensional chiral metamaterials, discovered “extrinsic” optical activity, the asymmetric transmission effect and chiral negative refraction in metamaterials. He provided the first demonstrations of a metamaterial analogue of electromagnetically-induced transparency, “invisible metal” metamaterial, “magnetic mirror” at optical frequency, toroidal electromagnetic dipolar response and non-radiating charge–current configurations.

Zheludev pioneered work on a new generation of nonlinear, gain, switchable and memory metamaterials using carbon nanotubes, graphene and superconductors, and created microelectromechanical systems and nanoelectromechanical systems metamaterials reconfigurable with electrical signals and light. He developed coherent control of metamaterials’ electromagnetic response.

Zheludev invented the concept of nanophotonics of structural transformations, with a single-nanoparticle, and developed phase-change metamaterials. He introduced the “active plasmonics” paradigm and provided the first realisation of a femtosecond plasmonic gate. He provided the first demonstration of plasmon-polariton generation with electron beams, studied plasmonic properties of topological insulators and developed novel approaches to non-Boolean optical computing and complexity oracles.

Zheludev provided the first experimental observation of optical super-oscillations, leading to the development of imaging techniques with sub-100 nm resolution.

Zheludev’s work impacts on the development of high-bandwidth, low-intensity optical switching, dispersion control, data processing and optical data storage devices, light harvesting, detectors, nanolasers and components operating across the entire electromagnetic spectrum.