We are the Metamaterials and Nanophotonic Devices Lab (MNDL) at Northwestern University led by Prof. Koray Aydin. Research program in MNDL is mainly focused on the broad area of nanophotonics, an emerging field strategically positioned at the intersection of electrical engineering, applied physics, materials science and nanoscience.



Our manuscript on template-confined DNA-mediated assembly for building dynamic metamaterials in collaboration with Chad Mirkin and Vinayak Dravid published in Science and highlighted by Northwestern News, Newsweek, photonics.com, phys.org, Science Daily and others.

Our research on inverse-designed and 3D Printed millimeter-wave broadband metadevices is published in Scientific Reports and highlighted in McCormick website, Science Daily and phys.org.

Koray presented a talk for the Applied Physics Seminar Series at Caltech. Thanks Harry Atwater for the invitation!

Koray gave a seminar in the Materials Science Department at Stanford University. Thanks Jen Dionne for hosting!

Koray gave a seminar in the Birck Nanotechnology Research Center at Purdue University. His talk can be accessed at nanohub.org. Thanks Vladimir Shalaev and Sasha Boltasseva for the kind invitation!

Wisnu Hadibrata and Sina Abedini Dereshgi joins MDNL as first year PhD students. Welcome on board!

Koray presented an invited talk on 2D materials at the SPIE Optics and Photonics Conference in San Diego, CA. Presentation can be viewed in SPIE Digital Library.

Koray presented an invited talk on flat metasurfaces at the META 2017 conference in Incheon, Korea.

Our first PhD Student Zhongyang Li defended his thesis. Congrats Dr. Li and thanks for your hard work and efforts in getting our lab started.

Koray is awarded the 2017 ONR YIP Award for his proposal entitled “Active Nanophotonics in the Flatland with Novel Hybrid Metasurfaces”.



At MNDL, we are exploring optical metamaterials, plasmonics, and solid-state nanophotonics to understand the interaction between light and nanoscale photonic materials and to control and manipulate these interactions at will. Our ultimate aim is to design, fabricate and characterize metamaterials and nanophotonic devices with reduced dimensions, improved performances, and novel optical and photonic functionalities.

We are fascinated by the exciting opportunities and the immense potential of nanophotonic materials and devices and we strongly believe that nanophotonics will play an essential role in shaping and defining future light-wave technologies.


Q.-Y. Lin, Z. Li, K. A. Brown, M. N. O’Brien, M. B. Ross, Y. Zhou, S. Butun, P.-C. Chen, G. C. Schatz, V. P. Dravid*, K. Aydin*, and C. A. Mirkin*, Nano Letters 15, 4699 (2015).

F. Callewaert, S. Butun, Z. Li, and K. Aydin, Scientific Reports 6, 32577 (2016).

Z. Li, E. Palacios, S. Butun, and K. Aydin, Advanced Optical Materials 4, 953 (2016).

Z. Liu, and K. Aydin, Nano Letters 16, 3457 (2016).

Z. Li*, E. Palacios*, S. Butun, and K. Aydin, Nano Letters, 15, 1615 (2015).

S. Butun, S. Tongay, K. Aydin, Nano Letters, 15, 2700 (2015)

Inverse Design

Dynamic Metasurfaces

Ultrathin Metallic Films


& Metamaterials

Plasmonic Absorbers

2D Materials

Inverse-designed broadband all-dielectric electromagnetic metadevices

F. Callewaert, S. Butun, Z. Li, and K. Aydin, Scientific Reports 6, 32577 (2016).

Building superlattices from individual nanoparticles via template-confined DNA-mediated assembly

Q.-Y. Lin, J. Mason, Z. Li, W. Zhou, M. N. O’Brien, K. A. Brown, M. R. Jones, S. Butun, B. Lee, V. P. Dravid*, K. Aydin*, and C. A. Mirkin*, Science accepted (2018).