Plasmonic and Metamaterial @ LiCryl


The group conducts research in the field of innovative, nanostructured materials. On such a scale, light-matter interaction can be tailored in order to reach the desired customization level. In particular, the optical properties of 1D, 2D and 3D nano-resonators are specifically engineered with the aim of experimenting completely new properties and phenomena. As mono-dimensional nanoresonators, the group has an expertise in a new kind of plasmonic crystals, denominated Hyperbolic Metamaterials, whose extreme anisotropy can be designed in order to achieve unprecedented phenomena among which supercollimation, perfect-lensing, extreme resolution bio-sensing, resonant gaining and thermal tunability are only few examples. Within the class of 2D nanoresonators, the group investigates the properties of a particular class of photonic meta-structures calld Photonic Quasi-Crystals (PQCs). Due to their specific arrangement, PQCs shows special optical features like extraordinary transmission. The thermal properties of metallic nano-spheres are investigated in order to engineer their thermo-plasmonic properties. With this aim, many particular arrangements of metallic nanoparticles are both experimentally and theoretically analysed from the single, monodispersed nano-particle, to the bottom-up assembled surfaces, also on stretchable substrates. In a wider scenario, the combination of tunable media with plasmonic subunits is considered to enable active functionalities of resulting devices (Active Plasmonics). In the end, the special optical features of plasmonic nano-shells are investigated. The interaction between gain media (e. g. fluorescent organic dyes) and all of these nanoresonating structures is investigated by means of Time Correlated Single Photon Counting experiments.

People Involved



CNR Senior Research

Group Coordinator 



CNR Researcher



CNR Technician


De Luca

Associate Professor



Associate Researcher



Associate PostDoc

Carlo Consolato


Associate Professor



CNR Technician



Associate PhD Student

Facilities & Labs

Research Lines


  1. Marae-Djouda, R. Caputo, N. Mahi, G. Lévêque, A. Akjouj, P.-M. Adam and T. Maurer, “Angular Plasmon Response of Gold Nanoparticles Arrays: Approaching the Rayleigh Limit”, Nanophotonics. 6,1, 279–288 (2017)
  2. V. Sreekanth, Y. Alapan, M. ElKabbash, E. Ilker, M. Hinczewski, U. A. Gurkan, A. De Luca and G. Strangi, “Extreme sensitivity biosensing platform based on hyperbolic metamaterials” Nature Materials, 15, 621-627, (2016)
  3. Dhama, A. R. Rashed, V. Caligiuri, M. El. Kabbash, G. Strangi, and A. De Luca, “Broadband optical transparency in plasmonic nanocomposite polymer films via exciton-plasmon energy transfer,” Opt. Express 24, 14632-14641 (2016).
  4. Caligiuri, R. Dhama, K.V. Sreekanth, G. Strangi and A. De Luca: “Dielectric singularity in hyperbolic metamaterials: the inversion point of coexisting anisotropies”, Sci. Rep., 6, Article number: 20002 (2016).
  5. Caligiuri and A. De Luca, “Metal-Semiconductor-Oxide extreme Hyperbolic Metamaterials for selectable canalization wavelength” J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys., 2016, 49.
  6. Maurer1, J. Marae-Djouda, U. Cataldi, A. Gontier, G. Montay, Y. Madi, B. Panicaud, D. Macias-Guzman, P.-M. Adam, G. Lévêque, T. Bürgi and R. Caputo, “The beginnings of plasmomechanics: towards plasmonic strain sensors”, Front. Mat. Sci. 9, 2, 170,(2015)
  7. Ivanov V.G., Todorov N.D., Petrov L.S, Ritacco T, Giocondo M and Vlakhov E.S., “Strong surface enhanced Raman scattering from gold nanoarrays obtained by direct laser writing”, October 2016 Phys: Conf. Ser. 764(1): 012023
  8. Ritacco T, Ricciardi L, La Deda M, and Giocondo M, “Controlling the optical creation of gold nanoparticles in a PVA matrix by direct laser writing”, 2016 Eur. Opt. Soc.-Rapid 11 16008


  1. PRIN 2012 – prot. 2012JHFYMC – “Gain-Plasmon Coupling in Metal-Dielectric Nanostructures: Loss Compensation towards Laser Action”
  2. ICT COST Action IC1208, “Integrating devices and materials: a challenge for new instrumentation in ICT”, (

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