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Research Activities

The network of excellence carries out research work aiming towards enhancing the energy efficiency of light emitting and light harvesting devices. This is accomplished by enhancing the interaction between light and matter at the nanoscale. The know-how, expertise and resources of all consortium members are leveraged by collaborations and strategic agreements, and this is further enhanced by involving stakeholders outside the consortium through the Associate Membership scheme and the Young Researcher Exchange programme.

Nanophotonics for Light harvesting


  • Metamaterials for Solar Cells
  • Nanowires/nanorods for photovoltaics
  • Hybrid solar cells to overcome the limitations of conventional technology
  • Disordered systems for photovoltaics
  • Molecular Harvesting
  • Modelling light behaviour in nanostructured materials
  • Platform for Solar Cells

Nanophotonics for Light Generation

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  • High-quality solid state lightning
  • Nanocrystal-based aeroge
  • Organic LEDs with nanophotonic design

Selected Publications (2013)

  • N. Papasimakis, S. Thongrattanasiri, N. I. Zheludev, and F. J. de Abajo, “The magnetic response of graphene split-ring metamaterials,” Light. Appl., vol. 2, 2013.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/lsa.2013.34
  • L. Gaudreau, K. J. Tielrooij, G. E. D. K. Prawiroatmodjo, J. Osmond, F. J. de Abajo, and F. H. L. Koppens, “Universal Distance-Scaling of Nonradiative Energy Transfer to Graphene,” Nano Lett., vol. 13, no. 5, pp. 2030–2035, May 2013. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/nl400176b
  • X. M. Bendana, G. Lozano, G. Pirruccio, J. G. Rivas, and F. J. de Abajo, “Excitation of confined modes on particle arrays,” Opt. Express, vol. 21, no. 5, pp. 5636–5642, Mar. 2013. http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.21.005636
  • Stavrinadis, A. K. Rath, F. de Arquer, S. L. Diedenhofen, C. Magen, L. Martinez, D. So, and G. Konstantatos, “Heterovalent cation substitutional doping for quantum dot homojunction solar cells,” Nat. Commun., vol. 4, 2013 http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ncomms3981
  • V. Dhaka, J. Oksanen, H. Jiang, T. Haggren, A. Nykanen, R. Sanatinia, J.-P. Kakko, T. Huhtio, M. Mattila, J. Ruokolainen, S. Anand, E. Kauppinen, and H. Lipsanen, “Aluminum-Induced Photoluminescence Red Shifts in Core-Shell GaAs/AlxGa1-xAs Nanowires,” Nano Lett., vol. 13, no. 8, pp. 3581–3588, 2013. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/nl4012613
  • T. Strudley, T. Zehender, C. Blejean, E. P. A. M. Bakkers, and O. L. Muskens, “Mesoscopic light transport by very strong collective multiple scattering in nanowire mats,” Nat. Photonics, vol. 7, no. 5, pp. 413–418, May 2013. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nphoton.2013.62
  • S. Naureen, N. Shahid, R. Sanatinia, and S. Anand, “Top-Down Fabrication of High Quality IIIV Nanostructures by Monolayer Controlled Sculpting and Simultaneous Passivation,” Adv. Funct. Mater., vol. 23, no. 13, pp. 1620–1627, 2013. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/adfm.201202201
  • P. Andreakou, M. Brossard, C. Li, M. Bernechea, G. Konstantatos, and P. G. Lagoudakis, “Size- and Temperature-Dependent Carrier Dynamics in Oleic Acid Capped PbS Quantum Dots,” J. Phys. Chem. C, vol. 117, no. 4, pp. 1887–1892, 2013. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jp3054108
  • Grivas, C. Li, P. Andreakou, P. Wang, M. Ding, G. Brambilla, L. Manna, and P. Lagoudakis, “Single-mode tunable laser emission in the single-exciton regime from colloidal nanocrystals,” Nat. Commun., vol. 4, 2013. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ncomms3376
  • A. Yeltik, B. Guzelturk, P. L. Hernandez-Martinez, A. O. Govorov, and H. V. Demir, “Phonon-Assisted Exciton Transfer into Silicon Using Nanoemitters: The Role of Phonons and Temperature Effects in Forster Resonance Energy Transfer,” ACS Nano, vol. 7, no. 12, pp. 10492–10501, 2013.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/nn404627p
  • M. Leonetti, C. Conti, and C. Lopez, “Switching and amplification in disordered lasing resonators,” Nat. Commun., vol. 4, 2013. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ncomms2777
  • A. Manjavacas, F. Marchesin, S. Thongrattanasiri, P. Koval, P. Nordlander, D. Sanchez-Portal, and F. de Abajo, “Tunable Molecular Plasmons in Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons,” ACS Nano, vol. 7, no. 4, pp. 3635–3643, 2013. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/nn4006297
  • S. Wiersma, “Disordered photonics,” Nat. Photonics, vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 188–196, Mar. 2013. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nphoton.2013.29
  • Asenjo-Garcia and F. J. de Abajo, “Plasmon electron energy-gain spectroscopy,” New J. Phys., vol. 15, 2013.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1367-2630/15/10/103021

Selected Publications (2012)

Selected Publications (2011)

  • R. Ferré, I. Martín, R. Trassl, R. Alcubilla, and R. Brendel Simultaneous gettering and emitter formation  in multicrystalline-Si wafers by annealing phosphorus doped amorphous silicon compounds, Appl.Phys.Lett., Jan 2011, vol. 98,  num. 2, p. 1-3.   doi:10.1063/1.3535616
  • Demir, H. V.; Nizamoglu, S.; Erdem, T.; Mutlugun, E.; Gaponik, N.;  Eychmüller, A. Quantum dot integrated LEDs using photonic and excitonic color conversion. Nano Today 2011, 6(6), 632-647. doi:10.1016/j.nantod.2011.10.006
  • Dubavik, A.; Lesnyak, V.; Gaponik, N.; Eychmüller, A. One-Phase Synthesis of Gold Nanoparticles with Varied Solubility. Langmuir 2011, 27(16), 10224-10227. doi:10.1021/la201638t
  • T. Ozel, S. Nizamoglu, M. A. Sefunc, O. Samarskaya, I. O. Ozel, E.  Mutlugun, V. Lesnyak, N. Gaponik, A. Eychmüller, S. V. Gaponenko, H. V. Demir. Anisotropic Emission from Multilayered Plasmon Resonator Nanocomposites of Isotropic Semiconductor Quantum Dots. ACS Nano, 2011, 5(2), 1328-1334. DOI: 10.1021/nn1030324
  • Francesco Riboli, Pierre Barthelemy, Silvia Vignolini, Francesca  Intonti, Alfredo De Rossi, Sylvain Combrie, Diederik S. Wiersma, Anderson localization of near-visible light in two dimensions, Opt.Lett. 36, 127 (2011) doi:10.1364/OL.36.000127
  • K.B. Alici, A.B. Turhan, C.M. Soukoulis and  E. Ozbay, Optically thin composite resonant absorber at the near-infrared band: a polarization independent and spectrally broadband configuration, Opt.Exp., 2011 / Vol. 19, No. 15 doi:10.1364/OE.19.014260
  • T. H. Taminiau, F. D. Stefani, N. F. van Hulst Optical Nanorod  antennas modeled as cavities for dipolar emitters: Evolution of sub- and super-radiant modes T. H. Taminiau, F. D. Stefani, N. F. van Hulst Nano Lett. 11, 1020-1024 (2011) doi:10.1021/nl201184n
  • L. Novotny, N. F. van Hulst Antennas for light. Nature Photon. 5,  83-90 (2011) doi:10.1038/nphoton.2010.237
  • F.P. García de Arquer, F. J. Beck, G. Konstantatos. Absorption  enhancement in solution processed metal-semiconductor nanocomposites Opt.Exp. 19, 21038-21049 (2011) doi:10.1364/OE.19.021038
  • K. Rath, M. Bernechea, L. Martinez, G. Konstantatos. Solution-processed heterojunction solar cells based on p-type PbS quantum dots and n-type bismuth sulfide nanocrystals Adv. Mat. 23, 3712-3717 (2011) doi:10.1002/adma.201101399
  • T. L. Chen, D. S. Ghosh, D. Krautz, S. Cheylan, V. Pruneri. Highly  stable Al-doped ZnO transparent conductors using an oxidized ultrathin metal capping layer at its percolation thickness Appl.Phys.Lett. 99, 093302 (2011) doi:10.1063/1.3631674
  • S. Naureen, R. Sanatinia, N. Shahid and S. Anand, High Optical  Quality InP-Based Nanopillars Fabricated by a Top-Down Approach, Nano Letters 2011, doi:10.1021/nl202628m
  • R. Sanatinia, M. Swillo and S. Anand, Second harmonic generation  in GaP nanopillars, Nano Letters, doi:10.1021/nl203866y
  • S. Thongrattanasiri, F.H.L. Koppens, and F.J. García de Abajo, Complete Optical Absorption in Periodically Patterned Graphene Phys.Rev.Lett. 108, 047401 (2012) doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.108.047401
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