Atwater Research Group

Illuminating the intersection of nanophotonics and energy

We are on a mission to advance matters related to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), aspects that are essential and foundational to advancing knowledge in science and engineering. Our research is focused on light matter interactions at the nanoscale and energy conversion, encompassing quantum nanophotonics, metasurfaces, two-dimensional and layered materials, solar photovoltaics and photoelectrochemical energy conversion.

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Latest News

  • Congratulations to Souvik Biswas for winning the Graduate Student Gold Award at the Spring 2022 Materials Research Society Meeting!  

  • Congratulations Melissa Li!

    Melissa was awarded a “Best Student Oral Presentation” award in symposium EQ20 “Beyond Graphene 2D Materials – Synthesis, Properties and Device Applications” at the Materials Research Society 2021 Fall Meeting in Boston, MA.

  • Congratulations, Prof. Atwater!

    Professor Harry Atwater has been awarded the 2021 Von Hippel Award. The Von Hippel Award, the Materials Research Society’s highest honor, recognizes those qualities most prized by materials scientists and engineers—brilliance and originality of intellect, combined with vision that transcends the boundaries of conventional scientific disciplines.

  • New paper on polarization conversion published in Science

    Our recent work on electro-optic polarization conversion with black phosphorus based van der Waals heterostructures is out now in Science (2021). Associated Caltech press release can be found here.

  • Congrats Prachi Thureja

    Congratulations Prachi on winning the Facebook Fellowship Award 2021 under the category of AR/VR Optics and Photonics.  

  • Congrats Joeson Wong

    Congratulations to Joeson Wong for winning an MRS Graduate Student Gold Award for the 2021 Materials Research Society Graduate Student Award competition!

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California Institute of Technology
1200 E. California Blvd
MC 128-95
Pasadena, CA 91125

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Administrative Contacts

Thomasine Murphy