The research program in the Metamaterials and Nanophotonic Devices Lab 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.

We are investigating 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 novel optical and photonic functionalities.

  1. Koray published a News and Views article in Nature Photonics on inverse design of complex nanostructured silicon for on-chip silicon optical components. [PDF]

  2. Our manuscript on DNA-assembled nanocube arrays in collaboration with Mirkin, Dravid and Schatz groups has been published in Nano Letters.

  3. Our research on broadband spectrum-splitting metasurfaces is highlighted in Nature Photonics!, [PDF]

  1. Our letter on tunable resonant absorbers based on VO2 phase change material has been published in Applied Physics Letters. Thanks to Hasan and Serkan, who contributed equally to this work.

  1. Our recent work on plasmon-enhanced photoluminescence from monolayer MoS2 has been covered in IEEE Spectrum,,, Nanowerk, and many other science and technology news web sites.

  1. Serkan’s paper on enhanced light emission from large-area monolayer MoS2 has been accepted for publication in Nano Letters.

  2. Our paper on spectrum-splitting metasurfaces has been published in Nano Letters. Congratulations to Zhongyang and Edgar, who contributed equally to this work!

  1. Francois Calleawert joins MNDL. Welcome Francois!

  2. Koray attended the First Northwestern University - Tel Aviv University Workshop on Semiconductors, Electronic Materials, Thin Films and Photonic Materials which was held in Tel Aviv, Israel. He delivered an invited presentation entitled Functional Nanophotonic Materials and Devices, which can be viewed in Youtube. McCormick news article about this workshop can be found here.

  3. Zhongyang’s paper on large-area, lithography free super absorbers and color filters is published in ACS Photonics. This work has received wide attention from different online science and technology news websites including, Nanowerk, Science Daily and several others.

  4. Koray is the chair of the organizing committee for the Nanophotonics Symposium at the 2015 IEEE Photonics Conference.

  5. Aydin group received ISEN Booster Award to study enhanced light-matter interactions in 2D monolayer seminconducting materials.

  6. Hasan’s paper on reduced infrared absorption and thermal emission has been published in Scientific Reports.

  1. Aydin family has a healthy baby girl. We welcome Zeynep Aydin, youngest member of MNDL.

  2. Koray delivered an invited presentation at the OSA Incubator on the Fundamental Limits of Optical Energy Conversion. His presentation can be viewed here.

  3. Koray presented an invited talk on photon management in solar cells using nanostructured surfaces at the AVS 61st International Symposium and Exhibition in Baltimore, MD.

  4. Zhongyang is awarded prestigious Ryan Fellowship from the IIN. Congratulations Zhongyang for this well-deserved award and recognition.

  5.   Our narrow-band absorber work received wide attention from science news websites. Read more about our work in Materials Today,, Science Daily.

  6. Zhongyang’s work on ultra-narrowband plasmonic absorbers is accepted for publication in ACS Nano.

  7. Serkan’s work on structurally tunable plasmonic absorbers is published in Optics Express.

  8. Koray led a quite successful symposium in MRS Spring 2014. The title of the symposium is “Emerging Nanophotonic Materials and Devices” .

  9. Our group’s first paper on touching gold nanoparticle resonators is published in ACS Photonics. Congratulations Zhongyang.

  10. PhD Student Edgar Palacios joins MNDL. Welcome Edgar!

  11. Aydin group received Seed funding from Northwestern MRSEC Center.

  12. Koray is the lead organizer of “Emerging Nanophotonic Materials and Devices” symposium in MRS Spring 2014. We welcome your contributions to this exciting symposium!

  13. Koray presented an invited talk at the IEEE Photonics Society Conference on nanoscale absorption engineering.

  14. Welcome Zizhuo and Hasan! Zizhuo Liu is a first year PhD student in EECS. Hasan Kocer joined MNDL as a postdoctoral researcher.

  15. Koray presented two invited talks at the SPIE Optics and Photonics 2013 Conference in San Diego, CA.

  16. Koray presented an invited lecture at the “3rd International Workshop for Critical and Sustainable Technologies” which is organized by UNAM in Ankara, Turkey.

  17. Koray presented an invited talk at the Nanotech 2013 conference in Washington DC.

  1. Koray presented two invited talks at the SPIE Photonics West 2013 meeting in San Francisco.

Recent Publications


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

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

Z. Li, S. Butun, and K. Aydin, ACS Photonics, 2, 183 (2015)

  1. Z.Li, S. Butun, and K. Aydin, ACS Nano, 8, 8242 (2014)

H. Kocer, S. Butun, and K. Aydin, Scientific Reports, 5, 8157 (2015).

2D Materials

Plasmonic Absorbers

Metasurfaces & Metamaterials

Ultrathin Metallic Films

Hybrid Nanophotonics

Nanoparticle Plasmonics

H. Kocer*, S. Butun*, B. Banar, K. Wang, S. Tongay, J. Wu, and K. Aydin, Applied Physics Letters, 106, 161104 (2015)

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, ASAP, 2015

(* corresponding authors)