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Research Interests

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 engineeringapplied physicsmaterials science and nanoscienceWe are investigating optical metamaterialsplasmonics, metasurfaces 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.

Current research topics include metamaterials and metasurfaces for ocntrolling light at the subwavelength scale, plasmonic materials and devices for absorption engineering, two-dimensional materials for plasmonic and optoelectronic application, inverse design of compact millimeter wave and optical metadevices, hybrid, active and tunable nanophotonic devices based on phase transition materials. 

Education/Academic qualification

Physics, PhD, Bilkent University

… → 2008

Physics, MS, Bilkent University

… → 2004

Physics, BS, Bilkent University

… → 2002


  • Nanophotonics
  • Optical metamaterials
  • Plasmonics
  • Metasurfaces
  • Solid-state nanophotonics
  • Metamaterials

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Research Output 2002 2018

3 Citations

Biaxial hyperbolic metamaterials using anisotropic few-layer black phosphorus

Song, X., Zizhuo, L. I. U., Xiang, Y. & Aydin, K., Mar 5 2018, In : Optics Express. 26, 5, p. 5469-5477 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

electromagnetic fields
crystal structure
10 Citations

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

Lin, Q. Y., Mason, J. A., Li, Z., Zhou, W., O’Brien, M. N., Brown, K. A., Jones, M. R., Butun, S., Lee, B., Dravid, V. P., Aydin, K. & Mirkin, C. A., Feb 9 2018, In : Science. 359, 6376, p. 669-672 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citations

DNA-Mediated Size-Selective Nanoparticle Assembly for Multiplexed Surface Encoding

Lin, Q. Y., Palacios, E., Zhou, W., Li, Z., Mason, J. A., Liu, Z., Lin, H., Chen, P. C., Dravid, V. P., Aydin, K. & Mirkin, C. A., Apr 11 2018, In : Nano letters. 18, 4, p. 2645-2649 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citations

Dynamic infrared thin-film absorbers with tunable absorption level based on VO2 phase transition

Liu, Z., Banar, B., Butun, S., Kocer, H., Wang, K., Scheuer, J., Wu, J. & Aydin, K., Aug 1 2018, In : Optical Materials Express. 8, 8, p. 2151-2158 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Phase transitions
Infrared radiation
Thin films
Phase change materials
1 Citations

Extrinsic polarization-controlled optical anisotropy in plasmon-black phosphorus coupled system

Liu, Z., Wells, S. A., Butun, S., Palacios, E., Hersam, M. & Aydin, K., May 14 2018, In : Nanotechnology. 29, 28, 285202.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Optical anisotropy
Hybrid materials
Surface plasmon resonance
Electronic properties
Optoelectronic devices