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At SDU Nano Optics, we conduct research primarily in the field of plasmonics, with nano-optical fields being coupled to electron oscillations in metal nanostructures, a unique feature that allows one, for example, to combine optics and electronics.
Nano Optics opens up exciting prospects for future scientific and technological developments, with potential applications ranging from information communication technologies, such as mobile phones, computers and internet, to bio-chemical and molecular sensing.

Research Topics and Projects

Our principal research topics are concerned with theoretical studies and experimental investigations of light-matter interactions at nanoscale, including strongly enhanced and extremely confined electromagnetic modes supported by plasmonic nanostructures, dynamic and multifunctional optical metasurfaces  for molding radiation flow and exercising complete control over wavefronts and polarizations, efficient coupling of quantum emitters to nano-resonators, antennas and waveguides, linear and nonlinear optical interactions in two-dimensional materials.

From 2017, our centre hosts a prestigious large-scale VILLUM Investigator program on Quantum Plasmonics led by Prof. N. Asger Mortensen.

Current portfolio of projects also includes DFF Sapere Aude project by Joel Cox “Towards single-photon nonlinear optics in atomically-thin materials”, Villum Young Investigator project by Fei Ding “Quantum Metasurface: A Novel Platform for Generating and Manipulating Single Photons”, Villum Experiment project by Shailesh Kumar “Room-Temperature Generation of Indistinguishable Single Photons”, Marie S.-Curie Individual Fellowship by Sergii Morozov “Tuning emission of charged excitons in two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenide monolayers”, and Ministry of Education and Research (UFM) networking project “Metasurface-Decorated Silicon Photonics for Quantum Applications”.

Head of SDU Nano Optics

 Sergey I. Bozhevolnyi 
Professor, Dr. Scient. 
Phone: 6550 7341 / Mob: 2058 5128 


Fei Ding, has been granted DKK 2.800.000 by DFF under the Inge Lehmann program

Fei Ding, has been granted DKK 2.800.000 by DFF under the Inge Lehmann program for the project “Electrically-Driven Tunable Phase-Change Metasurfaces”

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Volodymyr Zenin, has been granted DKK 1.999,850 from VILLUM FONDEN

Volodymyr Zenin, has been granted DKK 1.999,850 from VILLUM FONDEN for the project "Making a single photon capable of detecting a single molecule”

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Paper in Science Advances

Dynamic piezoelectric MEMS-based optical metasurfaces Chao Meng, Paul C. V. Thrane, Fei Ding1, Jo Gjessing, Martin Thomaschewski1, Cuo Wu, Christopher Dirdal2, Sergey I. Bozhevolnyi

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2020 EPS-QEOD Prize for ‘Research in Laser Science and Applications’

Prof. Sergey I. Bozhevolnyi, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark has been elected the winner of the 2020 EPS-QEOD Prize for Research in Laser Science and Applications for his “seminal contributions to surface-plasmon polaritons and the developments of plasmonic metasurfaces”.

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Mads Clausen Institute University of Southern Denmark

  • Campusvej 55
  • Odense M - 5230

Last Updated 01.12.2021