Photonic Nanomaterials & Devices


We are a young experimental research group, interested in improving our understanding and control of the photonic properties of nanostructured materials and devices. In our work, we combine material development with photonic and optoelectronic device design to come up with new concepts for next generation sensing and energy technologies. To unravel the underlying physical phenomena in these systems, we employ a variety of spatially-resolved transient spectroscopy techniques.

Our group is located at the Condensed Matter Physics Center (IFIMAC) at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, where we are setting up a brand new laser and wetlab facility.

Latest news

Nov 2021 - Welcome Mercy! Mercy is joining us from Imperial College for an Erasmus project on energy transport in nanomaterials.

Oct 2021 - Congratulations Alvaro for obtaining an UAM travel grant! Alvaro will be spending the coming 2 months in the lab of Raffaella Buonsanti at EPFL.

July 2021 - Michael successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled "Exciton diffusion in two-dimensional metal-halide perovskites". Congratulations Dr. Seitz!

June 2021 - We just launched our group´s YouTube channel, check it out for research presentations and other content! Check the link here.

February 2021 - Paper published! Michael´s paper on mapping trap-state landscapes using transient microscopy is now online at Advanced Optical Materials. Congratulations Michael!

November 2020 - Paper published! Alvaro´s paper on interlayer exciton transport is now accepted for publication in Materials Horizons. Congratulations Alvaro!

May 2020 - Paper published! Alex' work on template stripping of perovskite thin films has been published in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces. Congrats Alex!

April 2020 - Paper published! Michael's work on exciton diffusion in 2D perovskites has been published in Nature Communications. Congrats Michael!

April 2020 - nanoGE Poster prize. Michael's poster on exciton diffusion in 2D perovskites was awarded best e-poster abstract at the online nanoGEmeetup. Congrats Michael!

April 2020 - Thesis award! Our former visiting undergrad Sanne Walraven was awarded the ‘NNV hbo Jong Talentprijs 2020’ for her work with us! Congrats Sanne!

February 2020 - Paper published! Collaborative paper with the Castellanos lab at CSIC-ICMM on the transfer of layered materials in inert environments accepted in 2D Materials. Congrats first author Patricia!

December 2019 - MRS Poster prize. Alex´ poster on template stripping of perovskite thin films was awarded a best poster award at the MRS Fall in Boston. Congrats Alex!

November 2019 - New funding. Michael's doc.mobility project from the Swiss National Science Foundation got funded and will support him for the coming year for his research stay with Dan Congreve at Harvard. Congratulations Michael!

August 2019 - Paper published! Michael's work on perovskite encapsulation has been accepted for publication in MDPI Nanomaterials. Congrats Michael!

May 2019 - New Funding. Our project with the Tisdale lab has been selected by the Caixa-MIT International Science and Technology Initiative (MISTI) seed fund. Looking forward to this collaboration!

Apr 2019 - New Funding. Our national project has been approved and will support our extraordinary exciton transport studies in the coming 4 years!

Dec 2018 - New paper out! Our latest collaborative work on plasmonic strong coupling with the OMEL team at ETH is out for publication in Nano Letters. Congrats to first author Jan for a great piece of work!

Nov 2018 - PhD Defense. Eva successfully defended her thesis at ETH to receive her Dr.Sc. degree. Congratulations Dr. De Leo!

Nov 2018 - Congrats Michel! Michel was awarded the Prix d'Excellence by the Enovos Foundation for his MSc thesis.

Nov 2018 - Alex joins us at UAM. For the coming period, Alex Hernandez will be switching teams from ETH to UAM to further develop his advanced structuring methods for Perovskite materials.

Sep 2018 - Welcome back Michel! After a short stay with us during spring, Michel Frising is rejoining the group for his PhD after having obtained the prestigious INPhINIT fellowship from the Caixa Foundation.

Aug 2018 - Welcome Sanne! Sanne Walraven is joining the group as an Erasmus student for the coming semester, studying exciton dynamics in low dimensional perovskites.

Jul 2018 - Ramón y Cajal. Ferry's work has been awarded with a Ramón y Cajal. We thank the Spanish Ministry for this important recognition!

Jul 2018 - Welcome Álvaro! Álvaro Magdaleno is joining us for his PhD thesis. He will be working on photonic structuring of nanomaterial assemblies.

Mar 2018 - Welcome Michel! Michel Frising is joining us as a visiting researcher for several months. He will be working on the development of new laser scanning capabilities.

Feb 2018 - Welcome Claudia & Tim! Claudia Valkenier and Tim Lubbers join our group as visiting Erasmus students from The Hague University of Applied Sciences.

Dec 2017 - Another paper! Our collaborative work with members of the OMEL team on quantum dot ring lasers has been accepted for publication in Nano Letters. Congratulations to lead author Boris!

Nov 2017 - Paper published! Eva's work on polarization multiplexing has been accepted for publication in ACS Nano. Congratulations Eva!

Oct 2017 - Welcome Michael! Having obtained the prestigious LaCaixa INPhINIT Fellowship, Michael Seitz is joining as a PhD student @ UAM.