Outstanding Young Investigator Award

Alexandra Boltasseva

Alexandra Boltasseva

Tuesday, April 2
12:15-1:00 p.m.
Marriott Marquis, Golden Gate Level, Salon B

Alexandra Boltasseva, Purdue University

Talk Presentation: Empowering Plasmonics and Metamaterials Technology with New Material Platforms


The Outstanding Young Investigator Award recognizes outstanding, interdisciplinary scientific work in materials research by a young scientist or engineer. The award recipient must also show exceptional promise as a developing leader in the materials area.

"For pioneering research to develop novel materials for advanced plasmonic, metamaterial and transformation optics devices with potential applications in future nanoscale photonic technologies"

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In this MRS TV interview at the 2013 MRS Spring Meeting, Alexandra Boltasseva talks about receiving the Outstanding Young Investigator award.

Alexandra Boltasseva Biography

Alexandra Boltasseva is an assistant professor at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Birck Nanotechnology Center, Purdue University, and an adjunct associate professor at Technical University of Denmark (DTU). She received her PhD in electrical engineering at DTU in 2004. Boltasseva specializes in nanophotonics, nanofabrication, plasmonics and metamaterials. She received the IEEE Photonics Society Young Investigator Award, the MIT Technology Review Top Young Innovator (TR35) Award that "honors 35 innovators under 35 each year whose work promises to change the world," the Purdue College of Engineering Early Career Research Award, the Young Researcher Award in Advanced Optical Technologies from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, and the Young Elite-Researcher Award from the Danish Council for Independent Research. She is topical editor for Optics Letters and the Journal of Optics and guest editor for Advances in OptoElectronics, a senior member of the OSA, member of the IEEE, SPIE and MRS. Boltasseva has co-authored three invited book chapters and 65 research papers in refereed journals. She has an h-index of 22 (ISI Web of Science)/26 (Google Scholar) with a total number of citations above 1600. Boltasseva has been featured as an invited speaker at 59 international conferences and leading research centers.

Abstract: Empowering Plasmonics and Metamaterials Technology with New Material Platforms

In recent years, plasmonics and metamaterials have seen an explosion of novel ideas and device designs. However, transforming these concepts into practical devices requires a significant amount of effort. The constituent materials in these devices play a crucial role in realizing useful and efficient devices. Similar to the way silicon shaped the nanoelectronics field, efforts toward finding the best set of materials for plasmonic and metamaterial devices could revolutionize the field of nanophotonics. As a potential solution, alternative plasmonic materials have recently gained significant attention. Metals, despite being essential components of plasmonic and metamaterial devices, pose many technological challenges toward the realization of practical devices—primarily due to their high optical loss, integration and fabrication limitations. Hence, searching for an alternative to metals is vital to the success of future nanophotonic devices. In this talk, I will provide a brief survey of recent developments in the pursuit of better plasmonic materials, and discuss several classes of materials including doped semiconductor oxides and ceramics as potential alternatives to metals that provide low intrinsic loss, tunability and compatibility with standard semiconductor fabrication processes.

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