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Department of Nano-Photonics and Metamaterials

Pavel Belov
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The Department of Nanophotonics and Metamaterials was established on April 1, 2015. The Department is headed by Pavel Belov, PhD in physics and mathematics, Prize winner of the Russian Federation Presidential Award in the field of science and innovation for young scientists. Fundamental and applied research in physics and nanophotonics metamaterials conducted at the department by the Department have brought radical change to the construction concept of the optical and microwave components in modern information and telecommunication technologies. 

The Department was based on the Metamaterials Laboratory, which was established in 2010 with support of the Russian Federation Government grant designed to aid the scientific research projects supervised by the leading scientists invited from abroad. The Head recipient of this grant was Prof. Yuri Semenovich Kivshar - Academician of Australian Academy of Sciences, author of over 800 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals; 284 of his articles were published in the last five years.  Nowadays, Y. S. Kivshar holds a position of a research advisor of the International Research Center for Nanophotonics and Metamaterials of ITMO University.

Metamaterials are new composite materials with unique properties suitable for application in various fields such as photonics, optics, telecommunications, medicine and energy.

Main research areas:

• Optical and microwave metamaterials

• The nonlinear metamaterials

• Metamaterials in medicine

• Optical nanoantenna

• Optical topological insulators

• Coatings for thin-film solar cells batteries

• Development of methods for fabricating nanostructures

• Discrete nanowaveguides

• Superlens

• Metamaterials based on graphene

• Hyperbolic metamaterials

• Metasurface

The specialists in Metamaterials and Nanophotonics are tasked with enhancing the existing structures and designing brand new structures and devices. The Department offers Master’s program in "Metamaterials", with the Major "Photonics and optoinformatics." The program is the world's second Master’s degree program for the research of metamaterials, being one of its kind in the Russian Federation. Master’s program students will gain the profound knowledge of modern physics from the course of lectures offered by specialists that are actively engaged in scientific research. Students will be equipped with theoretical foundation necessary to introduce solutions in electrodynamics, physics, nanotechnology, and metamaterials. Students will also conduct a number of laboratory works using the brand new equipment. The Department encourages and assists students to their own research. The findings are then published in the leading scientific journals and presented at national and international conferences. Students will actually blend into the active life of the Department team and the international research center. After the successful graduation, students are welcome to pursue degrees as graduate students.

International research partners

• Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

• Queen Mary University of London, UK

• Aalto University, Espoo, Finland


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