Ferry Prins

Group Leader

Ferry obtained an MSc in Chemistry from Leiden University (2007) and a PhD in Physics from Delft University of Technology (2011). After completion of his PhD, he joined the the group of Prof. Will Tisdale at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). There, he started exploring the optical properties of nanomaterial assemblies with an emphasis on excitonic energy-transfer interactions. With support from the Swiss National Science Foundation, he started his own group in 2015 at the Optical Materials Engineering Laboratory at ETH Zurich. Since Spring 2017 he is a member of the Condensed Matter Physics Center (IFIMAC) at the Autonoma University of Madrid where he directs the Photonic Nanomaterials and Devices Lab.

Ferry is recipient of an NWO Rubicon Award in 2011, an SNF Ambizione Grant in 2015, the Comunidad de Madrid Talent Grant in 2017, and a Ramon y Cajal in 2018.

Contact: ferry.prins[at]uam.es

Michael Seitz

PhD Student

Michael completed his MSc in Mechanical Engineering from ETH Zurich in 2017. For his thesis, he worked in the Tisdale lab at MIT, developing new Perovskite nanoplatelet systems for next generation light emitting devices.

In 2017 he obtained the LaCaixa INPhINIT fellowship to pursue a PhD at the Condensed Matter Physics Center (IFIMAC) at UAM. In his research in our group, Michael explores the excitonic properties of new two-dimensional materials.

contact: michael.seitz[at]uam.es

Alvaro Magdaleno de Benito

PhD Student

Álvaro completed his MSc in Physics of Condensed Matter and Biological Systems at UAM. For his Master thesis, he developed a biosensor platform based on plasmonic effects in the Microelectronics lab of the Applied Physics Department at UAM.

Since summer 2018, Alvaro is working at PhoND on the photonic structuring of colloidal quantum-dot assemblies. He joined our lab as part of the Comunidad de Madrid Atraccion de Talento program.

contact: alvaro.magdaleno[at]uam.es

Michel Frising

PhD Student

Michel recently completed his MSc in Micro and Nanosystems from ETH Zurich with a focus on photonics and nano-optics. For his thesis he joined the group of Prof. Mikhail Kats at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he worked on a device to enhance human color vision by breaking binocular redundancy.

He joined the group in the fall of 2018 after having obtained the prestigious LaCaixa INPhINIT Fellowship. In his work with us, Michel will focus on developing polarization-multiplexed plasmonic systems.

contact: michel.frising[at]uam.es

Mercy Cutler

Research Assistant

Since November 2021, Mercy is working on transient microscopy techniques to visualise energy transport in nanomaterials. She joined our lab through an Erasmus Fellowship as part of her studies at Imperial College.


Ana Herranz de la Cruz - '20, TFG @ UAM (continuing at UAM)

Maria Lopez Santonja -'20, TFG @ UAM (continuing at UAM)

Daan Verburg - '20, Erasmus @ UAM (continuing at The Hague University of Applied Sciences)

Sanne Walraven - '19, Erasmus @ UAM (continuing at The Hague University of Applied Sciences)

Eva De Leo - '18, PhD student @ ETH (now Postdoc at ETH)

Tim Lubbers - '18, Erasmus student @ UAM, (continuing at The Hague University of Applied Sciences)

Claudia Valkenier - '18, Erasmus student @ UAM (continuing at The Hague University of Applied Sciences)

Alexander Hernandez Oendra - '18, MSc @ ETH (now PhD student at ETH)

Stefan Koepfli - '18, MSc @ ETH (now PhD student at ETH)

Preksha Tiwari - '17, MSc @ ETH (now PhD student at IBM Zurich)

Leo Spiegel - '16, MSc @ ETH (now Data Scientist at UBS)

Ario Cocina - '16 MSc @ ETH (now PhD student at ETH)