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Southampton nanophotonics pioneer awarded international President's Science Award

Published: 5 January 2021
Professor Nikolay Zheludev

Professor Nikolay Zheludev, Deputy Director of Southampton's Zepler Institute for Photonics and Nanoelectronics, has received one of Singapore's highest honours for achievements in science and technology.

The renowned nanophotonics pioneer, who is also co-Director of The Photonics Institute at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, has been presented with the President's Science Award.

Professor Zheludev and his Singapore-based colleagues Associate Professor Chong Yidong and Associate Professor Zhang Baile, from NTU, have been recognised for global leadership in, and fundamental contributions to, topological nanophotonics research.

Topological nanophotonics has resulted in innovative materials and states of light with extraordinary properties. The team has engineered materials in which light flows around sharp corners without reflection, unlike normal light waves. The team is also developing new types of microscopy and metrology that allow imaging and the measurement of objects much smaller than previously possible.

Professor Zheludev says: "The Presidential award in Singapore is a great honour for me and my colleagues in Singapore. It is not only the highest recognition of the photonics research undertaken at NTU, but also a reflection of the success of The Photonics Institute and the Centre for Disruptive Photonics Technologies at NTU that were developed with the involvement of key researchers from the University of Southampton."

The team's research is conducted at the Centre for Disruptive Photonic Technologies (CDPT). Since its formation by Professor Zheludev in 2012, CDPT has become one of the world's foremost centres of nanophotonics research.

Professor David Payne, Director of the Zepler Institute for Photonics and Nanoelectronics and co-Director of The Photonics Institute in Singapore, says: "This award is the highest recognition a scientist working in Singapore can hope for and is well deserved for the huge impact Nikolay has had on the Singapore photonics landscape."

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