Nanomaterials and Nanostructure Optics (NaNO)

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Prof. Luca Dal Negro

Luca Dal Negro received both the Laurea in physics, summa cum laude, in 1999 and the Ph.D. degree in semiconductor physics from the University of Trento, Italy, in 2003. After his Ph.D. in 2003 he joined MIT as a post-doctoral research associate. Since January 2006 he has been a faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and in the Material Science Division at Boston University (BU). He is currently an Associate Professor and a member of the Photonics Center at BU. Prof. Dal Negro manages and conducts research projects on light scattering from aperiodic media, nano-optics and nanoplasmonics, silicon-based nanophotonics, and computational electromagnetics of complex structures. He has authored and coauthored more than 170 technical articles and received several Awards, including the College of Engineering Excellence in Research Award and the National Science Foundation (NSF) Career Award.

Email: dalnegro AT bu DOT edu



Dr. Carlo Forestiere

Ph.D University Federico II of Naples, Department of Electrical Engineering

Electromagnetic simulations of micromagnetic systems and plasmonic structures, optical characterization.

Email: forest AT bu DOT edu



Dr. Antonio Capretti

Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, University of Naples Federico II, Italy

Optical characterization, design and modelling of novel materials and nanostructures for Nano-Optics, including nonlinear optical generation and light emission.

Email: capretti AT bu DOT edu




Mr. Yu Wang, PhD student

Fabrication and optical characterization of active metamaterials and photonic structures.

Development of alternative plasmonic materials based on Silicon-compatible platforms

ENZ tunable media and metamaterials


Mr. Reng Wang, PhD student

Computational electromagnetic and design of optical materials


Mr. Ran Zhang, PhD student

Novel plasmonic sensing mateirals and active nano-fibers


Visiting students-


Mrs. Ekin Aslan, PhD student

(Erciyes University, Turkey)

Fractal optics and nanoplasmonics

Mr. Erdem Aslan, PhD student

(Erciyes University, Turkey)

Plasmonic nanoantennas and polariton materials

Mr. Francesco Floris, PhD student

(University of Pavia ,Italy)

Plasmonic biosensors and gratings

Former PhD students & Post-docs


Mr. Selcuk Yerci, PhD student

B.S. Middle East Technical University, 2004, Ankara, Turkey
M.S. Middle East Technical University, 2007, Ankara, Turkey
Ph.D Electrical and Computer Science Engineering, Boston University

Current Position: Postdoctoral Associate, Mechanical Engineering, MIT

Fabrication and optical characterization of Si and Ge nanocrystals formed into different matrices using FTIR, Raman, XPS, XRD and PL. Silicon photonics and solar cells.


Dr. Svetlana Boriskina

Current Position: Postdoctoral Associate, Mechanical Engineering, MIT

I joined the group as a Research Associate in January 2008. Previously I worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham (Nottingham, UK) and a Senior Research Scientists at V. Karazin Kharkov National University (Kharkov, Ukraine).

I received my MSc and PhD degrees from the School of Radiophysics of V. Karazin Kharkov National University with a PhD thesis entitled “Scattering of surface waves and beams by open waveguide discontinuities & reflectors”. My main research interests include: boundary integral equations methods in computational electromagnetics, nanophotonics and plasmonics; theory and design of dielectric and semiconductor microcavities; whispering gallery modes coupling in photonic molecules and coupled-resonator optical waveguides; optical fiber mode solvers; and most recently, light scattering and localization in periodic and aperiodic photonic crystals.

Email: sborisk AT bu DOT edu


Dr. Salvatore Minissale

I received my MSc at the University of Catania, Italy in December 2003 and my PhD at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands in March 2009. I moved to Boston in March 2010, after one year postdoc at the Institute for photonic science (ICFO) in Barcelona, Spain. My main research interests involve non-linear techniques, ultrafast optical spectroscopies such as pump-probe experiments, optical gain measurements on plasmonic and semiconductor nanostructures, Z-scan and Second Harmonic Generation (SHG) techniques for Nonlinear optics of nanoplasmonic structures.

Email: sminissa AT bu DOT edu


Dr. Emanuele F. Pecora

Current Position: Postdoctoral Associate, Standford University

Born in 1983, Emanuele F. Pecora received his master degree in Physics (summa cum laude) in 2006 and the PhD in Physics in 2010 defending the thesis "Growth, properties and processing of group IV semiconductor nanowires" at University of Catania, IT. He worked as PostDoc fellow at Matis labs (Catania, IT) and then he joined the group in March 2011. His main research interest include growth and characterization of group IV semiconductor nanowires, ion irradiation effects in silicon nanostructures, luminescence properties of silicon nanostructures, rare earth optical properties, dopant diffusion and clustering in crystalline and amorphous silicon. Now, his research activity involves gain measurements and ultrafast optical properties of nitrides in the UV region.

Email: pecora AT bu DOT edu


Miss. Dianmin Lin, MS student

Current Position: Ph.D. Student, ECE, Standford University

B.S. Optoelectronics, Harbin Institute of Technology (China)
M.S. Boston University, Electrical and Computer Science Engineering

Testing and optical characterization of novel solar cell materials and photonic structures, nano-imprint lithography, novel lithographic techniques for scalable nanoimprint, fabrication and characterization of polymer-based photonic structures.


Mr. Travis Rich, MS student

B.S. Boston University, Electrical and Computer Science Engineering  
Current Position: Ph.D. Student, Media Lab, MIT

Light propagation and photon transport in complex waveguides, photon Monte Carlo simulations, experimental characterization of photonic anomalous diffusion in fractals and aperiodic structures.


Dr. Rui Li, PhD student

Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Toronto

Optical spectroscopy of silicon nanocrystals, ultrafast emission spectroscopy, optical gain measurements, energy transfer studies in nanocrystals-based systems. Fabrication of Si-based nanomaterials.


Dr. Ashwin Gopinath, PhD student

Current Position: Research Associate, Department of Bioengineering, Caltech

Current Research: Working on developing self assembles planar optical and electrical devices using DNA origami for single molecule biophysics experiments

Dissertation:  Electromagnetic Field Enhancement and Light Localization in Deterministic Aperiodic Nanostructures


Ms. Giuliana Dimartino, visiting MS student

M.S. University of Catania, MATIS Centre, Physics
Current Position: Imperial College, Ph. D. student, Physics

Plasmonics Solar Cells


Dr. Ning-Ning Feng, Post Doctoral Associate

Computational electromagnetics and design of plasmonic and photonic structures.


Mr. Joseph Patrick Warga, MS student

Phone: 978.563.9274
Email: joewarga AT gmail DOT com
Occupation: Photonics Engineer

Fabrication and characterization of Silicon Rich Nitride and Erbium Doped Silicon Rich Nitride.  Experiments include magnetron sputtering, ebeam evaporation, rapid thermal annealing, photolithography, electrical characterization (I-V, C-V, conductivity), photoluminescence spectroscopy, transmission spectroscopy, ellipsometry, energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, transverse electron microscopy, and cathode luminescence.

Mr. Roman Shugayev, MS student

Optics of fractals, computational modeling of aperiodic nanoparticle arrays.


Mr. Patrick Gregg, PhD student Electrical Engineering

B.S. Optics (University of Rochester)
B.A. Physics/ Japanese Language (University of Rochester)

Email: pgregg AT bu DOT edu


Mr. Nate Lawrence, PhD student

Current Position: Philips Lumileds

B.S. Physics (University of Richmond)

Electron-beam nanofabrication of plasmonics devices and photonic crystals structures, Femtosecond optical spectroscopy of nanoscale materials, electromagnetic scattering simulations of plasmonic structures, radiative engineering with active nanopillars.

Email: nlaw85 AT bu DOT edu


Mr. Gary Walsh, PhD student

Current Position: Researcher, US Army Natick Soldier RDGE Center

B.S. Electrical Engineering (Columbia University)
B.S. Applied Physics(Providence College)
M.S. Electrical Engineering (Boston University)

Electromagntic simulation, fabrication and optical characterization of two-dimensional periodic and aperiodic diffraction gratings and plasmonic devices for optical limiting applicatiions, light scattering spectroscopy of aperiodic systems.

Email: gfwalsh AT bu DOT edu


Ms. Alyssa Pasquale, PhD student

Current Position: Researcher, Argonne National Lab.

B.S. Electrical Engineering (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
M.S. Electrical Engineering (Boston University)

Fabrication and optical characterization of two-dimensional periodic and aperiodic diffraction gratings and plasmonic devices for optical sensing. Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) with engineered plasmonic structures.

Email: pasqua AT bu DOT edu


Mr. Sylvanus Lee, PhD student in Mechanical Engineering

B.Eng Mechanical Engineering (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)
M. Phil Mechanical Engineering (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)

Microfluidic and optofluidics with plasmonic structures, microfabrication and nanofabrication techniques for multiparametric plasmon sensors, optical characterization of sensor devices.

Email: sylvanus AT bu DOT edu


Mr. Jacob Trevino, PhD student in Materials Science and Eng.

Current Position: CUNY Nanofabrication facility manager

B.S. Physics/B.A. Mathematics (Susquehanna University)
M.S. Electrical Engineering (Case Western Reserve University)

Materials Science of Si-based nanostructures, deposition techniques, nanofabrication and elctron beam lithography of plasmonic-photonic structures, optical characterization of plasmonic structures, Finite Element and analytical calcualtions of multiple light scattering (GMT) in aperiodic plasmonic/photonic structures.

Email: jtt23 AT bu DOT edu


Mr. Stefano Prezioso

Electrical characterization of Si-based nanostructures