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EMILIANO CORTÉS

Emiliano is Professor in Experimental Physics and Energy Conversion at the Faculty of Physics, University of Munich (LMU), Germany and he is the academic lead of the Nanomaterials for Energy group. He is also a visiting researcher at the Materials Departments of both Tianjin University, China and Imperial College London, UK.

His research interests lie at the interface between chemistry and physics, and focus on the development of novel nanomaterials and techniques, specifically for applications in energy conversion. He had published over 120 scientific articles, 1 book and 4 patents on these topics.

Emiliano studied chemistry at the National University of La Plata in Argentina. He was one of the founders of Nano-detection, a start-up company based on plasmonic sensing. He has been awarded by the European Commission several times, intially as Marie-Skłodowska-Curie research fellow at Imperial College London and later at LMU with ERC Grants for his projects CATALIGHT and SURFLIGHT. In 2021, the Royal Society of Chemistry in UK awarded him as Emerging Investigator in Materials Science. In 2022, he was listed among the top-1000 most cited researchers worldwide in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. 

He is currently a PI of the German excellence research cluster e-conversion and co-coordinator of its graduate program, scientific board member in the Center for NanoScience (CeNS) in Munich, member of the Bavarian program Solar Technologies go Hybrid (SolTech), and fellow of the Young Academy of Europe (YAE). He is also a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS). Since 2024, Emiliano has been elected as the first-ever external Associate Researcher at the TUM Catalysis Research Center (CRC) in Munich.

Emiliano is also co-editor of the first book in Plasmonic Catalysis (Wiley, June 2021). He is also a member of the Editorial Board in several journals, including ACS Nano, ACS Energy Letters, Advanced Photonics Nexus and eScience. Emiliano has edited special issues in plasmonic and photonic chemistry for ACS Photonics and Communications Chemistry.

contact: Emiliano.Cortes@lmu.de, +49 89 2180 83902, D03.009

Senior Research Fellows

NAOMI J. HALAS

Rice University, USA

Naomi Halas – TUM IAS

Hans Fischer Senior Fellows

Sustainable photocatalysis using plasmons and 2D materials
Recent research by the Rice team has introduced a new paradigm for the efficient capture and conversion of light to chemical energy, via the antenna-reactor concept. Our focus group will explore the full parameter space in terms of materials for antenna-reactor complexes, by combining plasmonic and dielectric materials as antennas and 2D materials as reactors. The latter have great potential for energy conversion due to their high surface-volume ratio, possibility of incorporation of defects, molecular capture capabilities, as well optoelectronic tuning.

Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS) Technical University of Munich (TUM)
Hosts: Prof. E. Cortes (LMU), Prof. J. Finley (TUM) ,Prof. I. Sharp (TUM)

PETER NORDLANDER

Rice University, USA

Peter Nordlander – TUM IAS

Associated Researchers and Postdocs

MOHSEN BELADI MOUSAVI

Mohsen is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie research fellow working on enhancing the speed and efficiency of microbots by employing plasmonic fuels.

contact: M.Mousavi@physik.uni-muenchen.de
+49 89 2180 83931, D03.012

Evangelina Pensa

Eva is designing materials at the atomic-scale for energy conversion, including metal clusters and 2D materials. She works in collaboration with Prof. Alex Urban.

contact: e.pensa@physik.uni-muenchen.de
D03.011

ANDREI STEFANCU

Andrei is a Humboldt research fellow working on enhanced spectroscopies, machine learning and metamaterials for energy conversion.

contact: andrei.stefancu@physik.uni-muenchen.de

D03.011

Rambabu Yalavarthi

Rambabu is a Marie-Curie research fellow, and his research is focused on the atomic scale level engineering and detection of oxygen vacancies for energy conversion using plasmonic and photonic substrates.

contact: R.Yalavarthi@physik.uni-muenchen.de
D03.007

Olivier Henrotte

Olivier works on near-field microscopy approaches to understand mechanisms behind plasmonic and photonic catalysis as well as other energy conversion routes.

contact: O.Henrotte@physik.uni-muenchen.de
D03.007

Wenjie Tian

Wenjie has a “Discovery Early Career Research” Fellowship from the
Australian Research Council and the University of Adelaide to work
on solar electrocatalysis with hybrid nanomaterials.

contact: Wenjie.Tian@physik.uni-muenchen.de
D03.007

Oliver Brix

Oliver advances and utilizes novel optical techniques for examining light induced dynamical processes within nanomaterials.

contact: Brix.Oliver@physik.uni-muenchen.de
D03.012

PhD students

CHRISTOPH GRUBER

Christoph investigates novel applications of optical techniques for operando studies on nanomaterials for energy conversion.

contact: Ch.Gruber@physik.uni-muenchen.de
D03.012

LI ZHU

Li is supported by the LMU-CSC Scholarship to develop highly efficient catalyst for plasmonic electrocatalytic CO2 reduction, including experiments and DFT calculations.

contact: zhu.li@physik.uni-muenchen.de
D03.005

YICUI KANG

Yicui is developing new nanomaterials and methods for advancing in the carbon dioxide electroreduction reaction.


contact: kang.yicui@campus.lmu.de
D03.005

FRANZ GRÖBMEYER

Franz is working on the integration of electrochemistry and interferometric scattering for nanoscale catalysis.

contact: Franz.Groebmeyer@physik.uni-muenchen.de
D03.007

CHENGHAO FAN

Chenghao is currently working on bottom-up synthesis of chiral and plasmonic-catalytic nanoparticles as well as simulations, modelling and molecular calculations.

contact: Chenghao.Fan@physik.uni-muenchen.de
D03.005

Masters students

Qiancheng Yang

Qiancheng is working on the analysis of enhanced spectroscopies and catalysis by using machine learning.


contact: Qiancheng.Yang@campus.lmu.de

Joel Mascarenhas

Joel is developing new patterning methods for metal oxide photoelectrodes and metal oxide metasurfaces for light-into-chemical energy conversion. He works in close collaboration with the group of Prof. Ian Sharp (TUM).

contact: J.Mascarenhas@physik.uni-muenchen.de

Matthis Bünning

Matthis is developing new plasmonic Al-based nanomaterials for improving Li-batteries and associated technologies and processes.


contact: matthis.buenning@campus.lmu.de

MORITZ TRITSCHLER

Moritz is studying in situ monitoring methods of the CO2 reduction reaction based on Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy.

contact: moritz.tritschler@physik.uni-muenchen.de

Klara Dömer
Klara is working on the applications of optical methods for energy conversion.

 

Felix Schlensok
Felix is developing software for the analysis of catalytic processes.

 

Bachelor students

Berk Kiliclar

Berk is working on the analysis of photoactive nanomaterials by Raman spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy under light illumination.

Alexander Bernd

Alexander is working on the analysis of photoactive nanomaterials
by Raman spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy under light illumination.

Visitors

CHI ZHANG

Chi is visiting us from Wuhan University, China and working on strong-coupling plasmonic catalysis

contact: chi.zhang@physik.uni-muenchen.de

Pablo Jimenez Calvo

Pablo is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie research fellow at FAU, Erlangen and explores plasmonic interfaces involving carbon nitride for enhancing photoelectrocatalytic processes.

contact: pablo.jimenez.calvo@fau.de

Administrative and technical support (LS Hybrid Nanosystems)

Denise Wedemeyer

Denise Wedemeyer provides us with administrative and secretarial support.

contact: D.Wedemeyer@physik.uni-muenchen.de
+49 89 2180 83901, D03.008

Namvar Jahanmehr

supports nanofabrication process development and our chemical lab.

contact: Namvar.Jahanmehr@physik.uni-muenchen.de
+49 89 2180 83908, D03.010

Reinhold Rath

supports our clean room and general lab facilities, and is also in charge of safety.

contact: Reinhold.Rath@physik.uni-muenchen.de
+49 89 2180 83909, D03.010

Previous members of the group:

• Matias Herran, Fritz Haber Institute, Germany
• Simone Ezendam, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
• Sebastian Langer, Oerlikon, Liechtenstein
• Seryio Saris, MIT, USA
• Seunghoon Lee, Dong-A University, Korea
• Julian Gargiulo, UNSAM, Argentina
• Ana Sousa-Castillo, University of Vigo, Spain
• Thomas Brick, Haseltine Lake LLP, UK
• Jonas Tittel, LMU Munich, Germany
• Harriet Walker, HSBC, UK
• Maximilian Maier, Helmholtz Institute, Germany
• Florian Goschin, University of Innsbruck, Austria
• Lin Nan, LMU Munich/IIT Milan
• Daniel Glass, Illumina, UK