Unit 1 – POLIMI (Coordinator) – POLITECNICO DI MILANO (IT)
The Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI, https://www.polimi.it) is a scientific-technological university which trains engineers, architects and industrial designers. POLIMI employs about 1,400 professors and 1,200 technical or administrative employees. The number of students amounts to about 45,000 of which about 1,000 are PhD candidates. According to the 2016 QS World University Rankings among Technical Universities, POLIMI is: 1st in Italy, 7th in Europe, 17th in the World. The METAFAST project involves the Department of Physics of the Politecnico di Milano as the Coordinator unit. The Department has about 50 faculty members, 15 technical and administrative staff people, about 100 PhD students and 50 Post-Docs. The research activities of the Department address the two broad areas of Photonics and Nanotechnologies.
METAFAST Research Team at POLIMI:
Giuseppe DELLA VALLE (PI of the POLIMI Unit and Coordinator of the METAFAST project, email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Unit 2 – UNIBS – UNIVERSITA’ DEGLI STUDI DI BRESCIA (IT)
The University of Brescia (UNIBS, https://www.unibs.it) was established in 1982. The educational structure is now composed of a total of 24 bachelor’s degrees (12 for Medicine, 8 for Engineering, 3 for Economics and 1 for Law). There are 8 Departments which are involved in the research activities both on a national and international level and 36 Research Centers. The student population is currently about 15000 members, while the academic staff is made up of 608 university professors and researchers. The University of Brescia counts 250 official agreements with European and non- European Universities. UNIBS participates in the project with the Electromagnetic Fields and Photonics Group and with the Advanced Networking Systems Group at the Department of Information Engineering.
METAFAST Research Team at UNIBS:
Costantino DE ANGELIS (PI of the UNIBS Unit)
Maria Antonietta VINCENTI
Renato LO CIGNO
Unit 3 – UOP – UNIVERSITÉ DE PARIS (FR)
The University of Paris (UOP, https://u-paris.fr) is a French research university, which accounts for 10% of all scientific publications in France and is the 1st for the number of citations per article in this nation. According to the Shanghai ranking, it is rated 4th in France and 65th in the world, while its Maths and Physics departments are ranked as 22nd and 24th worldwide, respectively. The UOP participates in METAFAST with the Nonlinear Optical Devices (DON) Group at the Laboratoire Matériaux et Phénomènes Quantiques (MPQ). The group is one of the most performing of the Physics Department and the strongest recipient of national and EU research funding within MPQ.
METAFAST Research Team at UOP:
Giuseppe LEO (PI of the UOP Unit)
Unit 4 – FSU – FRIEDRICH-SCHILLER-UNIVERSITÄT JENA (DE)
The Abbe Center of Photonics is the academic center of scientific activities in the fields of optics and photonics at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena (FSU, https://www.uni-jena.de). In the last years, ACP has become one of the leading European centers for research and education in optics and photonics as well as in the development and transfer of optical technologies. Within the ACP, the Nano & Quantum Optics group is of particular relevance for METAFAST. The group focuses its research on the modelling, fabrication and characterization of large-scale optical nanostructures from semiconductor and 2D-materials.
METAFAST Research Team at FSU:
Thomas PERTSCH (PI of the FSU Unit)
Unit 5 – JACBNP – JOHN ATANASOFF CENTER FOR BIO AND NANO PHOTONICS (BG)
The John Atanasoff Center for Bio and Nano Photonics (JACBNP, http://bionano-bg.eu) is a multi-disciplinary research organization founded by Sofia University (SU) “St. Kliment Ohridski.” It encompasses three institutions – Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, the Institute of Bio and Nano Photonics and the Center for Innovative Technologies in Sofia, Bulgaria. The Center was established with the main goal to perform fundamental and industry-related research, targeting challenging scientific projects at the crossroad where life science, physics, chemistry, engineering and nanotechnology meet. Within the METAFAST project, the JACBNP_SU will conduct experimental research for characterisation of the transient nonlinear optical response of group-IV (Si, Ge) and III-V (GaAs) metasurfaces as well as optical components engineering using metamaterials.
METAFAST Research Team at JACBNP_SU:
Ivan BUCHVAROV (PI of the JACBNP_SU Unit)