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, and the Lee-Lucas Chair in Experimental Physics at Imperial College London.

In addition to research in fundamental and applied plasmonics and nanophotonics, he focuses very much on people development. While in his group, seven postdocs obtained Marie-Skłodowska-Curie fellowships, three junior research fellowships, and one a Royal Society Research Fellowship. Fifteen 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, and Shenzhen University.

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. For more information see his full curriculum vitae.



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


Subgroup leaders


Yi Li

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



Administrative and technical support

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Martina Edenhofer provides us with administrative and secretarial support.





Paloma Arroyo-Huidobro

Paloma is a Marie-Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow in theoretical nanophotonics and topology.


Evangelina Pensa

Eva specializes in plasmonic electrochemistry.


Gustavo Grinblat

Gustavo is a Marie-Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow in dielectric nanophotonics.

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Sabrina Simoncelli

Sabrina's research focuses on super-resolution imaging.


Javier Cambiasso

Javier researches light/matter interactions with a focus on quantum nanophotonics.


Julián Gargiulo

Julián works on colloidal plasmonics and surface-enhanced processes.

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Michael Nielsen

Michael studies non-linear processes in nanoplasmonics.


Sylvain Gennaro

Sylvain works on non-linear nanophotonics and plasmonics.

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Alex Mellor

Alex's research focuses on photovoltaics of nanostructured solar cells.


Yao-Ting Wang

Yao-Ting works on the theory of topological systems.


PhD students


Alberto Lauri

Alberto works on innovative trapping and spectroscopy methods of nanomaterials.


Brock Doiron

Brock studies hot electron dynamics in plasmonic materials.


Daniel Glass

Daniel investigates plasmonic nanochemistry with a focus on surface-enhanced phenomena.


Ludwig Hüttenhofer

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



Harriet Walker

Harriet develops innovatives techniques for the deposition of nanomaterials.

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Ibrahim Abdelwahab

A joint student with NUS, Ibrahim studies the fundamental properties of 2D materials.


Matthew Proctor

Matthew investigates plasmonic systems with topological features.

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Nicola Black

A joint student with NPL, Nicola studies the microwave properties of graphene for sensing.

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Rodrigo Berté

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


Xiaofei Xiao

Xiaofeit studies the plasmonic properties of structures with plasmonic and dielectric elements.

Masters students


Monica Mota

Monica works on quantum light/matter interactions in hybrid nanomaterials.


Nikolas Gusken

Nikolas studies electrical excitation of nanoscale optoelectronic devices.


Thomas Brick

Thomas works on the interplay between fields, heat and charge transfer in nanomaterials.

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Ngoc Nguyen

Ngoc's researches semiconductor waveguides incorporating optical gain.


Paul Dichtl

Paul works on the fundamental quantum properties of plasmonic systems.

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Andrea Mancini

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


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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.


Alumni and their destinations

  • 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

  • Zhijie Ma