International Summer Course on

Nanophotonics and Molecular Photonics

16-20 June 2008

Palacio de la Magdalena




There has been an enormous interest, in recent years, in optical materials that are artificially structured on a micrometre and nanometre scale. Such materials have fascinating optical properties both from a fundamental point of view and with regard to future applications in photonic devices and materials. Current trends point toward a gauge shrinkage to reach the molecular scale making the molecule the yardstick. The scope of the course is to introduce participants to concepts, methods, applications and the state of the art in micro- and nano-photonics and on the current trends towards molecular photonics. The course will focus on both theoretical and experimental aspects of the current research in this field, with an eye to potential applications.

>>Registration is open!


The programme will cover a wide range of topics centred on photonic science and technology both fundamental and applied. Thus, lectures will range from the production of materials and systems to the theoretical interpretation and the spectroscopic and microscopic analysis as well as the search for new functionalities and applications.

The list of confirmed lecturers includes:

  • Alexander Eychmüller - TU Dresden, Germany
  • Oleg Gang - CFN, New York, USA
  • Francisco J. García-Vidal - UAM, Madrid, Spain
  • Naomi Halas - Rice, Houston, USA
  • Satoshi Kawata - CREST, Osaka, Japan
  • Laura Lechuga - CIN2, Barcelona, Spain
  • Ulf Leonhardt - St. Andrews, UK
  • Cefe López - ICMM, Madrid, Spain
  • Brahim Lounis - CPMOH, Bordeaux, France
  • Vahid Sandoghdar - ETH, Zurich, Switzerland
  • Clivia M Sotomayor-Torres - CIN2, Barcelona, Spain
  • Diederik S Wiersma - LENS, Florence, Italy
  • Pavel Zemanek - ISI, Brno, Czech Republic
  • Joseph Zyss - ENS, Cachan, France

And the topics to be covered include:

  • Electrodynamics in nano-environments
  • Photonic Band Gap, Photonic Crystals
  • Photonics of Quasicrystals, random and disorder systems
  • Plasmonics (and metal nanoparticles)
  • Semiconductor Nanoparticles
  • Molecules for nanophotonics (Synthesis and functionality)
  • Nanofabrication (and scale limits)
  • Single molecule spectroscopy
  • Single photon sources and detectors
  • Optical Microscopy (Near and far field)
  • Manipulation (Optical tweezers)
  • Optofluidics (Sensing through photonics)
  • Nanobiophotonics

Full details in the UIMP web


The potential addressees of this course will be PhD students and postdocs specialising in micro and nano photonics and aiming at the reign of molecular photonics.

Co-located with the course a workshop will be held where participants will have a unique opportunity to show their own results and discuss them with the leading minds in the area.

>>Registration is open!


The course and workshop will be sponsored by the Network of Excellence PhOREMOST whose focus is on nanophotonics. The Spanish Ministry of Science funds the workshop and participation of young researchers. The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) through its Training and Specialization Department and the Materials Science Institute of Madrid, as a major partner and cofounder of the NoE, will also support the course.


Formal registration will be through UIMP either on-site or through the web and not before the end of April. The fees will be tye "A" which for most attendees means 125 €.

Enrolment will be limited and therefore participants are encouraged to pre-register early in advance.

There will be a limited number of grants for graduates, PhD students and junior researchers. Grants will cover registration and in some cases, aids towards accommodation travel.

Location of the Palacio de la Magdalena (B) and Colegio Torres Quevedo (A) click here

Location of the Residencia de Cabalerizas (A) click here

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Organizing committee

Prof. Cefe López

Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (CSIC)

Calle Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz 3

28049 Madrid, Spain

cefe @ icmm.csic.es

Prof. Concita Sibilia

Departimento di Energetica Università di Roma “La Sapienza”

Via Antonio Scarpa 14

00161 Roma, Italy

concita.sibilia @ uniroma1.it

Further information

To stay informed visit PhOREMOST web page at:


or Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo at: