AMOLF Summer School – PROGRAM

Nanophotonics, nanophotovoltaics and energy materials

Monday June 27 – Friday, July 8

NWO-Institute AMOLF, Science Park 104, Amsterdam

OUTLINE of this webpage

1. Goals of the school
2. Participants: PIs, students
3. Daily program June 27 – July 8
4. Program Summerschool Workshop Friday, July 1: register here
5. AMOLF map
6. Contact information / organization


Hold colloquia, topical brainstorms, one-on-one meetings, do experiments, strengthen collaborations and start new ones, discuss potential research proposals & a mini-sabbatical for our guests. Have fun!

2. PARTICIPANTS (with weblinks to their laboratories)

Summerschool guestsInstituteAMOLF group leaders
Harry AtwaterCaltechErik Garnett
Anna Fontcuberta I MorralEPFLEsther Alarcon Llado
Mark BrongersmaStanfordBruno Ehrler
Sophie MeuretCEMESWiebke Albrecht
Javier Garcia de AbajoICFOEwold Verhagen
Giulia TagliabueEPFLFemius Koenderink
Christophe Galland EPFLSaid Rodriguez
Rebecca SaiveUTAlbert Polman
Antonio Fernandez-DominguezUAM 
Georgia PapadakisICFO 
Jorik van de GroepUvA 

Guest students performing joint experiments
Anja Tiede (EPFL, Anna Fontcuberta) – ZnP PV
Fatemeh Kiani and Milad Sabzehparvar (EPFL, Giulia Tagliabue) – cathodoluminescence
Mathis van der Voorde (UT, Rebecca Saive) – directional QD emission


We have two meeting formats, one each day:

9.30-11.00 hr. Summerschool tutorial + colloquium: scientific lectures; those given by our guests will be preceded by a 15 min. tutorial
16.00-17.00 hr. Topical brainstorma smaller-scale interactive discussion on a selected topic that is open to everyone. The aim is to develop new research projects/fields, solve unsolved problems, etc

Monday, June 27 

9.00-9.30 hr. Welcome to guests, coffee

AMOLF general colloquium & summerschool colloquium (chair: Albert Polman)
11.00 hr. Harry Atwater (California Institute of technology) – New approaches for carbon capture and sunlight-driven carbon dioxide conversion

ABSTRACT Our climate future now requires us to slow down and eventually stop carbon dioxide emissions, and also to undo the historical emissions accumulated since the beginning of the industrial era.  I’ll talk about three new ideas emerging from photonic and electrochemical sciences that can help get us there: i) a scalable low-cost approach for compound semiconductor photovoltaics; an energy-efficient process for carbon dioxide removal using direct ocean capture; iii) and feasible pathways to green hydrocarbon based fuels.

16.00 hr.   Topical brainstorm
Inverse-design and deep learning for nanophotonics 
moderators: Antonio Fernandez-Dominguez and Said Rodriguez

Tuesday, June 28 

Summerschool colloquium (chair: Esther Alarcon Llado)
9.30 hr.     Rebecca Saive (Univ. Twente) – Free-space luminescent solar concentrators (with tutorial)
10.20 hr.   Erik Garnett (AMOLF) – Optoelectronic material learning using halide perovskites

10.50 hr. Coffee/tea break

16.00 hr.   Topical brainstorm
Plasmonic chemistry, polaritonic chemistry, strong coupling
moderators: Harry Atwater and Femius Koenderink
(Zoom connection for Giulia Tagliabue)

Wednesday, June 29 

Summerschool colloquium (chair: Said Rodriguez)
9.30 hr.     Antonio Fernandez-Dominguez (AUM, Madrid) – Quantization of nanophotonic fields, antibunched light and molecular entanglement (with tutorial)
10.20 hr.   Anna Fontcuberta i Morral (EPFL) – Nanoscale epitaxy methods to achieve new materials and paths towards achieving zinc phosphide as an earth abundant absorber (with tutorial)

11.10 hr. Coffee/tea break

14.00 hr. Discussion session: How to start a company.

We have several participants at the Summer School who have co-founded a company or who are considering to do so. You are all invited to bring in any discussion topics. We will then have an open brainstorm taking advantage of the expertise of those of us who have been involved with this in the past.

16.00 hr.    Topical brainstorm: interactive discussion open to everyone
Photo(electro)chemistry at the micro/nanoscale – opportunities and challenges 
moderators: Giulia Tagliabue and Esther Alarcon Llado

Thursday, June 30 

Summerschool colloquium (chair: Ewold Verhagen)
9.30 hr.     Christophe Galland (EPFL) – Molecular optomechanics: From macroscopic quantum states to nanoscale devices (with tutorial)
10.20 hr.   Femius Koenderink (AMOLF) – Sideband-resolved molecular optomechanics

10.50 hr. Coffee/tea break

16.00 hr.   Topical brainstorm: interactive discussion open to everyone
Raman scattering in the vibrational strong coupling regime: what to expect, learn from it, or make of it?
moderators: Christophe Galland and Ewold Verhagen

Friday, July 1 

Summerschool Workshop
9.00-18.00 hr. All-day workshop in Tijgerzaal congress hall, ARTIS ZOO – registration is closed.

Address: Plantage Middenlaan 43, Amsterdam (note: this is not the main entrance of Artis)

Monday, July 4 

Summerschool colloquium (chair: Erik Garnett)
9.30 hr.     Mark Brongersma (Stanford University) – New materials and approaches for dynamic wavefront manipulation
10.20 hr.   Wiebke Albrecht (AMOLF) – Laser modification of nanomaterials

10.50 hr. Coffee/tea break

16.00 hr.   Topical brainstorm: interactive discussion open to everyone
Bringing light into the electron microscope: new opportunities for pump-probe electron microscopy
moderators: Sophie Meuret and Wiebke Albrecht

Tuesday, July 5 

Summerschool colloquium (chair: Femius Koenderink)
9.30 hr.     Javier Garcia de Abajo (ICFO) – Leveraging free-electron wave functions to image and manipulate ultraconfined optical excitations
10.20 hr.   Said Rodriguez (AMOLF) – Nonlinearity and noise as resources for energy and information flow in light

16.00 hr.   Topical brainstorm: interactive discussion open to everyone
Seemingly simple questions that we are afraid to ask/discuss
moderators: Mark Brongersma and Jorik van de Groep

Wednesday, July 6 

Summerschool colloquium (chair: Bruno Ehrler)
9.30 hr.     Thomas Kirchartz (Research Center Jülich) – Device physics of perovskite solar cells
10.10 hr.   Feng Gao (Linköping university) – Organic and perovskite semiconductors for energy technologies

10.50 hr. Coffee/tea break

16.00 hr.    Topical brainstorm: interactive discussion open to everyone
Free electron nanoelectronics: challenges and opportunities 
moderators: Javier Garcia de Abajo and and Albert Polman

Thursday, July 7

No morning colloquium because of the PhD defense of Julia van der Burgt at the UvA

Summerschool colloquium (chair: Wiebke Albrecht)
16.00 hr.   Sophie Meuret (CEMES) – Nano-optics in an ultrafast transmission electron microscope
16.50 hr.   Albert Polman (AMOLF) – Cathodoluminescence holography and tomography

Friday, July 8 

Summerschool colloquium (chair: Albert Polman)
9.30 hr.     Bruno Ehrler (AMOLF) – Patterning metal halide perovskite quantum dots and thin films for emission control
10.00 hr.   Aitor Garcia Hombrados and Marcos Garcia Hombrados (Javier’s sons) – Machine learning for electron-matter interactions

10.15 hr. Coffee/tea break

4. SUMMERSCHOOL WORKSHOP, FRIDAY, JULY 1, Tijgerzaal conference hall, ARTIS ZOO

Registration is closed.
Plantage Middenlaan 43, Amsterdam (Note: this is not the main entrance of Artis)

9.00 hr. Welcome, coffee/tea

9.15 hr.       Opening by Albert Polman

Session 1. Chair: Anna Fontcuberta i Morral
9.20 hr.       Georgia Papadakis (ICFO) – Lithography-free unidirectional control of thermal emission
9.50 hr.      Ewold Verhagen (AMOLF) – Chiral transport and fluctuations in nano-optomechanical networks
10.20 hr.      Giulia Tagliabue (EPFL) – Light-absorption in nanoantennas – from loss to opportunity
10.50 hr.      Coffee/tea

Session 2. Chair: Rebeacca Saive

11.20 hr.      Esther Alarcón Lladó (AMOLF) – Nanostructures for solar energy: new device and fabrication concepts
11.50 hr. Harry Atwater (Caltech) – Light sail

12.20           Poster session & lunch
Posters by all attending PhD/PD/masters students
13.50           visit to the Zoo
15.00 hr.      Coffee/tea

Session 3. Chair: Erik Garnett
15.30 hr.      Jorik van de Groep (UvA) – Exciton resonance tuning in atomically-thin metasurfaces

Session 4: Moderators: Debapryia Pal and others
16.00 hr.      Special discussion session (proposed by PhD students and postdocs); Am I alone? How failures in research help shape a scientific career: experiences from summerschool speakers and an interactive discussion with the audience

16.50 hr.      Conclusions

17.00 hr. Drinks at the Tijgerzaal terrace

18.00 hr.      End


Follow this link to download the AMOLF map

All lectures and brainstorm sessions in the Colloquium Room on the second floor.
Meeting spaces: Whiteboard in main hall second Floor
Meeting Rooms: Large: Library, A,B,D; Small: C,E,F
(please book at reception) 


Albert Polman:
Mieke van Berlo: AMOLF group secretary:
Petra Vastenhouw: AMOLF communications: hotel reservations, Artis workshop, Dinner and outings for guests,