Research in nanophotonics and energy conversion in the heart of Munich

who we are


Our Team



Stefan Maier


Stefan holds the Chair in Hybrid Nanosystems in the Faculty of Physics of LMU Munich, established 2018. He also has a part-time position at Imperial College London, where he holds the Lee-Lucas Chair in Experimental Physics.

In addition to research in fundamental and applied plasmonics, nanophotonics, energy conversion and optoelectronics, he focuses very much on people development. While in his group, seven postdocs obtained Marie-Skłodowska-Curie fellowships, three Imperial College Junior Research Fellowships, and one a Royal Society Research Fellowship. He currently hosts two LMU Research Fellows, one Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow, and one Marie-Skłodowska-Curie Fellow.

Eighteen alumni of the group went directly on to faculty positions, at École Polytechnique Montréal, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Imperial College London, Hong Kong Poly, Soochow University, IPTH Jena, University of KwaZulu-Natal, CNRS Grenoble, King's College London, University of Oman, University of Birmingham, LMU Munich, Universidad de Santander, Shenzhen University, the University of Lisbon, University College London, and the University of Buenos Aires.

A graduate from Caltech, Stefan was awarded the Sackler Prize in the Physical Sciences and the Paterson Medal of the Institute of Physics. He held a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award and is a fellow of the IoP and the Optical Society of America. He further is an ISI Highly Cited Researcher in 2018. For more information see his full curriculum vitae.

Part of his research group is also at Imperial College London.



Emiliano Cortés

Emiliano holds a W2 tenure-track professorship at the Physics Department in LMU Munich and is the academic lead of the Plasmonic Chemistry Group. He is also a visiting researcher at the Chemistry Department, University College London, UK, and at the Physics Department, Imperial College London, UK.

His research interests lie at the interface between chemistry and physics, and focus on the development of novel nanomaterials and techniques, specifically for applications in energy conversion.

Emiliano studied chemistry at the National University of La Plata in Argentina. He was one of the founders of Nanodetection, a start-up company based on plasmonic sensing. He was also a Marie-Skłodowska-Curie research fellow at Imperial College London. In 2018, he was awarded with the ERC Starting Grant from the European Commission for his project CATALIGHT.


Subgroup leaders


Yi Li

Yi is an LMU Research Fellow and leads the subgroup on nano-confined photonic and fluidic systems.



Andreas Tittl

Andreas leads the subgroup on mid-infrared nanophotonics for sensing and spectroscopy.



Administrative and technical support

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Martina Edenhofer provides us with administrative and secretarial support.


Reinhold Rath supports our clean room and general lab facilities, and is also in charge of safety.


Namvar Jahanmehr supports nanofabrication process development and our chemical lab.



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Rodrigo Berté

Rodrigo's research focuses on phonons and photonic modes in dielectric materials.



Haoran Ren

Haoran is a Humboldt postdoctoral fellow working on metasurfaces for optoelectronics.



Seunghoon Lee

Seunghoon joined us from KAIST and specializes in plasmonic photocatalysis.



Julián Gargiulo

Julián works on colloidal plasmonics and surface-enhanced processes.



Yao-Ting Wang

Yao-Ting works on the theory of topological systems, in our sub-group at Imperial College London.


Alberto Lauri

Alberto investigates hybrid nanoantennas for light emission and particle trapping, stationed at Imperial College London.



Changxu Liu

Changxu is an LMU Research Fellow working on complex nanophotonics.



PhD students

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Matías Herran

Matias is working in the design and synthesis of novel plasmonic photocatalysts.



Simone Ezendam

Simone develops new optical methods to monitor photocatalytic reactions.



Ludwig Hüttenhofer

Ludwig focuses on surface-enhanced catalysis mediated via highly confined photonic modes.


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Andrea Mancini

Andrea's interests lie in the application of scanning near-field optical microscopy to nanophotonics.



Monica Mota

Monica works on quantum light/matter interactions in hybrid nanomaterials at Imperial College London.


Xiaofei Xiao

Xiaofeit studies the plasmonic properties of structures with plasmonic and dielectric elements in our London sub-group.

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Lin Nam

Lin is studying novel plasmonic electrocatalytic materials and methods.


Nikolas Gusken

Nikolas studies electrical excitation of nanoscale optoelectronic devices at Imperial College London.


Daniel Glass

Daniel rsearches hybrid semiconductor/metal complexes for catalysis at Imperial College London.


Harriet Walker

Harriet develops innovatives techniques for the deposition of nanomaterials in London.


Paul Dichtl

Paul works on the fundamental quantum properties of plasmonic systems in our London subgroup.


Matthew Proctor

Matthew investigates plasmonic systems with topological features at Imperial College London.

Masters students

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Wolf Knöller

Wolf researches  the application of dielectric nanoantennas for photocatalysis.


Linda Hädrich

Linda develops nanofabrication strategies based on plasmonic hot electrons and applies them to photovoltaic energy conversion.


Benjamin Tilmann

Benjamin studies dielectric nanoantennas for their ultrafast optical properties.



Florian Goschin

Florian investigates the thermal properties of hybrid nanomaterials and interfaces.


Johannes Lechner

Johannes researches compound nanostructures for visible and mid-IR spectroscopies.




Johannes Bürger

Johannes investigates photonic light cages for surface enhanced spectroscopies.




Joong Bum Lee

JB is finishing his PhD at KAIST, Korea and will be working with us for 12 months on surface chemistry.


Chenghao Fan

Chenghao is finishing his bachelor at Nankai University, China working at Prof. Wei Xie's lab ( He will spend 10 months at our group doing synthesis of bimetallic nanoparticles.


Jaehyuck Jang

Jay is a PhD student from POSTECH, visiting us for two months on a DAAD fellowship. He works in our metasurfaces team.


Kassim Badmus

Kassim obtained his PhD in Chemistry at the University of the Western Cape (South Africa) in the Environmental Nanoscience group. He is visiting us for two months in order to study titanium dioxide complexes for catalysis and mining waste conversion.


Alumni and their destinations

  • Thomas Brick, patent attorney at Haseltine Lake LLP

  • Susannah Heck, Oclaro, now Compound Semiconductor Technologies

  • Antonio Lupi

  • Yoon Hong, Samsung Research

  • Aleksandr Perevedentsev

  • Viktoryia Shautsova, University of Oxford

  • Aeneas Wiener

  • Yi Xiao

  • Toby Basey-Fisher

  • Alexey Bak

  • Themistokles Sidiropoulos, ICFO

  • Tarik Abdelmoula

  • Kyle McEnergy

  • David Mack, Imperial College London

  • Matthias Kraft

  • Michael Nielsen, UNSW

  • Krystallo Hadjicosti

  • Frederick Dieleman

  • Ngoc Nguyen, Oliver Wyman

  • Toshihiko Shibamuna, JX Nippon Oil & Energy

  • Roberto Fernandez Garcia

  • Enrico Massa

  • Binghao Ng, Data Storage Institute A*Star, Singapore

  • Yan Francescato

  • Chris Gubbin, University of Southampton

  • Ngoc Nguyen

  • Ibrahim Abdelwahab

  • Zhijie Ma

  • Paloma Aroyo-Huidobro, University of Lisbon

  • Sylvain Gennaro, Sandia Labs

  • Nicola Black, National Physical Laboratory

  • Evagelina Pensa, TU Munich

  • Javier Cambiasso, Morgan Stanley

  • Michael Nielsen, University of New South Wales

  • Sabrina Simoncelli, King’s College London

  • Stéphane Kéna-Cohen, École Polytechnique Montréal

  • Antonio Fernández-Domínguez, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

  • Vincenzo Giannini, Imperial College London

  • Dangyuan Lei, Hong Kong Poly (download thesis)

  • Xiaofeng Li, Soochow University

  • Markus Schmidt, IPTH Jena

  • Mark Tame, University of KwaZulu-Natal

  • Yannick Sonnefraud, Institut Néel, it was an honour to have you with us Yannick

  • Sasha Rakovich, Kings College London

  • Yahya Al Saleh, Sultan Qaboos University of Oman (download thesis)

  • Stephen Hanham, University of Birmingham

  • Miguel Navarro-Cía, University of Birmingham

  • Emiliano Cortés, LMU München

  • Zhuo Wang, Shenzhen University

  • Pablo Albella, Universidad de Santander

  • Konstantinos Daskalakis, Aalto University

  • Nicolas Hylton, Energy Futures Lab, Imperial College London

  • Alex Mellor, Senior Technologist at Naked Energy

  • Takayuki Matsui, Toyota Research Labs

  • Heykel Aouani

  • Giuliana Di Martino, University of Cambridge

  • Tyler Roschuk, Apple

  • Worawut Khunsin, L'Oreal Research Labs

  • Gustavo Grinblat, University of Buenos Aires

  • Brock Doiron, Blockchain Researcher and Consultant, nchain