Research is targeted at two complementary themes:
- Nanophotonics and plasmonics
- Nanoscale functional materials and devices
Both these themes encompass our expertise in underlying science and materials for next-generation data storage and information-processing technologies. All international strategies and roadmaps foresee an increasing role for advanced functional materials and optics and optical excitations, particularly in ever-diminishing dimensions. Being able to combine our established strengths in both themes places us in a unique position in the UK and beyond.
The Centre for Nanostructured Media is housed within the 4,700m² International Research Centre in Experimental Physics (IRCEP). The centre has a strong international reputation for its research in nanoscale materials and photonics generally, but has particularly notable international profile in ferroelectrics and plasmonics. Our Centre has significant financial support for research from public and private sources.
In 2010 we launched ANSIN (www.ansin.eu), a new advanced materials hub formed with the founding partnership of Seagate Technology (Ireland), who have donated £9m of new processing, characterisation and metrology equipment.
The Centre leads the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Photonic Integration & Advanced Data Storage which is run in collaboration with the University of Glasgow.
"Postgraduate research programmes within CNM provide experience and training in state-of-the art academic research: many of our research strands are world-leading, as evidenced by performance in REF2014. In addition, however, most of our postgraduate researchers are exposed to functional materials and photonics in major multinational companies."Staff Member
School of Mathematics and Physics
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