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Laboratory for organic-inorganic materials nanophotonics

About Laboratory

Grant Agreement No.: 14.Y26.31.0010

Project name: Organic-inorganic materials with integrated nanophotonic structures for advanced optical devices

Name of the institution of higher learning: Saint Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics

Fields of scientific research: Materials Technology, Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials

Project goal:

At the turn of the second and third millennia, humanity has managed to make a huge step toward the development of new materials with unique optical and electronic properties. Organic-inorganic materials with reduced dimensionality (metal-organic frameworks) and perovskites are being actively studied, because they are considered to be emerging stars in the world of material science. On their basis such actively developed devices are developing: optical modulators, solar cells, nonlinear frequency converters, LEDs, etc. On the other hand, there is an alternative approach to the creation of optical materials - artificial materials composed of resonant particles (nanophotonic structures) and having unique optical properties, which does not occur in natural materials. Such nanophotonic structures enable light localization and its effective manipulation at the nanoscale (much smaller than the wavelength). The aim of this project is the creation of new materials for advanced optical devices based on the combination of the advantages of organic-inorganic materials and nanophotonic structures. On the basis of the developed platform, we plan the development of high-performance devices for nonlinear optics and optoelectronics. Achieving this goal will initiate the unique in Russia and even abroad areas of research: nanophotonics of hybrid materials that combines the advantages of organic-inorganic materials for light control at the nanoscale. Importantly, as materials for nanophotonic structures are mainly used dielectrics with high refractive index (higher than 3), which have low dissipative losses and strong magnetic optical response at optical frequencies, in contrast to metallic nanostructures. Realization of the proposed research program will be based on the years of experience of leading foreign scientists in the field of synthesis and characterization of new nanomaterials and optoelectronic devices, as well as on a well-developed infrastructure of ITMO University to conduct the research in the field of nanophotonics, optoelectronics and nanotechnology.

Leading scientist

Захидов А.А 

Zakhidov Anvar Abdulakhadovich


Date of Birth: 02.05.1953

Citzenship: Russia, USA

Academic degree and title:  Ph.D. Physics

Job Title: University of Texas at Dallas

Field of scientific interests: Nanomaterials, excitons, nanophotonics

Academic recognition:

1. Currently Managing Editor of the International Journal of Nanoscience (2002-), Co-Editor of special volumes of Synthetic Metals (1993), and on the editorial board of Molecular Materials (since 1990-)

2. Since 1997, Co-PI of several programs that were each government (DARPA, NASA) or internationally (NEDO-Japan) funded at average level of $1-3 M. These programs were international in scope, and involved companies as well as universities.

3. Serving on the International Advisory Board of the International Conferences on Synthetic Metals, ISCM (1988-) and International Topical Conference on Optical Probes of Conjugated Systems (1991-)

4. Strong focus on developing new curriculum for courses on nanoscience, such as “Physics of Nanostructures,”, Photonics and Electronics of Nanosystems”, “Topics in Solid State”, “Physics of Photonic Devices” for grad students

5. Strong track record of serving on government panels, conference organization groups.

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