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  Inverse design of on-chip compact optical diode is published in Scientific Reports.

  Dr. Serkan Butun joins NuFab at Northwestern as a research scientist.

  Zhongyang is awarded the Terminal Year Fellowship by the EECS department. 

  Our article on localized surface plasmons in monolayer black phosphorus is published in Nano Letters.

  Zhongyang Li is awarded with 2016 SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship.

  Our dynamically tunable metasurface work in collaboration with Koby Scheuer’s group at Tel-Aviv University is published in Optical Materials Express.

  Zhongyang Li received 2015 Chinese Government Award for Extra-Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad. Congratulations Zhongyang!

  Koray organized Nanophotonics Technical Program at the 2015 IEEE Photonics Conference.

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

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2D Materials

Plasmonic Absorbers


& Metamaterials

Ultrathin Metallic Films

Dynamic Metasurfaces

Inverse Design

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).

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

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

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

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

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).

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.


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.