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, a Ramon y Cajal in 2018, as well as a Consolidacion Investigadora and an ERC Consolidator Grant in 2023.

Contact: ferry.prins[at]

Michel Frising


Michel works on the development of machine learning techniques for inverse photonic design, in close collaboration with the group of Antonio Fernandez-Dominguez. 

Michel recently completed his PhD titled "Machine Learning for Probabilistic Design in Nanophotonics " at the UAM, co-advised by Ferry Prins and Jorge Bravo Abad. Michel holds an MSc in Micro and Nanosystems from ETH Zurich with a focus on photonics and nano-optics. For his MSc thesis he worked with Prof. Mikhail Kats at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on a device to enhance human color vision by breaking binocular redundancy.

He originally joined the group in the fall of 2018 after having obtained the prestigious LaCaixa INPhINIT Fellowship. 

contact:  michel.frising[at]

Jorge Cuadra Veliz


Jorge obtained his PhD in 2014 from UAM, working on the coherence properties of polaritons condensate in III-V semiconductors microcavities.

After finishing his PhD, he took on a postdoctoral position at NTU (Singapore) working on optical properties of TMDC under high magnetic fields, followed by a 2 years research position  at Chalmers University of Technology  (Sweden) where he investigated the hybridization of excitons in TMDC with single nanoparticles.

In 2018 Jorge moved to worked with  Eduardo Lee at UAM to work on electronic transport in semiconductor nanodevices and nanofabrication.

Since May 2023, he has been working at PhoND to work on strong coupling between excitons in perovskites and collective photonic resonators. This work is done in close collaboration with the group of Carlos Antón. 

contact:  jorge.cuadra[at]

Amalia Coro Gonzalez

PhD Student

Amalia finished her MSc of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at UAM. During her Master thesis, she obtained a JAE Intro ICU internship to develop semiconductor nanoparticles as thermal sensors in biological media. 

At the present time she is working at PhoND on the synthesis and characterization of semiconductor perovskites. Amalia is co-advised by Dr. Beatriz H. Juarez of ICMM-CSIC. 

contact:  amalia.coro[at]

Enrique Arevalo Rodriguez

PhD Student

Enrique finished his MSc in Physics of the Condensed Matter and Biological Systems in 2022 at UAM. During this time he collaborated with Eduardo Lee at the Quantum Transport lab of UAM on the fabrication and characterization of monolayer-bilayer graphene based devices.

Enrique is currently a part of the PhoND group where he studies the photonic properties of perovskites.

contact:  enrique.arevalo[at]

Antonella Cutrupi

PhD Student

Antonella obtained her MSc in Physics with summa cum laude from the Sapienza University of Rome in 2023. During her degree work, she studied the optoelectronic and structural properties of transition metal dichalcogenides and perovskite semiconductors. 

Antonella joined the PhOND group early 2024, focussing her thesis on pressure induced control over energy landscapes in perovskite nanomaterials.

contact:  antonella.cutrupi[at]

Laura Rojo Guerrero

Research Assistant

Laura is currently pursuing her BSc degree in Physics at the UAM. She joined our group in spring 2023 as an undergraduate research assistant where she works on the development of a new microscopy technique with the unique capability of optical characterization of nanomaterials under applied pressure. Laura is also actively involved in the development of outreach activities of the group. 

Laura was awarded the Best Student Award by the STEM Talent Girl program in 2020 and a Premio de investigación 2023 from the Condensed Matter Physics Division of the Spanish Royal Society of Physics. 

contact:  laura.rojog[at]

Pablo Rivas Muro

Research Assistant

Pablo is currently pursuing a BSc degree in Physics at UAM and another BSc degree in Mathematics at UNED. He has joined the PhoND group for his final bachelor project, where he is engaged in research related to the study of charge and exciton transport in perovskites. 

Contact: pablo.rivasm[at]  

Ezra Piare

Research Assistant

Ezra is an Erasmus student currently doing his bachelors in Chemistry at the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences. He has joined the PhoND group because of his interests in physical chemistry and conductivity. At PhoND he will be working on exploring the chemical and optical properties of metal halide perovskites and studying the possibilities of optimizing the existing synthesis.

Sven Davids

Research Assistant

Sven joined the PhoND group as an Erasmus student for his bachelor's internship work in Applied Physics at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. He is working on creating a spectroscopic ellipsometry setup to measure the optical properties of various nanomaterials.


Fabian Lohmann - ´24, Erasmus @ UAM (continued at The Hague University of Applied Sciences)

Alvaro Magdaleno de Benito - ´23, PhD @ UAM (now Sales Engineer at MTB)

Jesse Suurmond - ´22, Erasmus @ UAM (now Application Engineer at Munters)

Lea Visscher - ´22, Erasmus @ UAM (continuing at TU Delft)

Mercy Cutler - ´22, Erasmus @ UAM (continued at Imperial College London)

Sorsha van der Ark - ´22, Erasmus @ UAM (continued at The Hague University of Applied Sciences)

Michael Seitz - ´21, PhD @ UAM (now Junior Scientist at SPIDEN)

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

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

Daan Verburg - '20, Erasmus @ UAM (now studying at Delft University of Technology)

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

Eva De Leo - '18, PhD @ ETH (now Scientist at IBM Zurich)

Tim Lubbers - '18, Erasmus @ UAM, (now Technical Support Engineer at ASML)

Claudia Valkenier - '18, Erasmus @ UAM (now studying at University of Amsterdam)

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

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

Preksha Tiwari - '17, MSc @ ETH (now Scientist at Polariton Technologies)

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

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