Prof. Dr. Thomas Zentgraf

Ultrafast Nanophotonics

Office Address:
Pohlweg 47-49
33098 Paderborn
Head - Professor
Key research area Optoelectronics and Photonics
Member - Professor
Office Address:
Pohlweg 47-49
33098 Paderborn

About Thomas Zentgraf

Professor Thomas Zentgraf holds diploma degrees in Physics from the Technical University of Clausthal, Germany, as well as in Engineering from the Ernst Abbe University of Applied Sciences Jena, Germany. In 2006 he finished his Ph.D. under the supervision of Prof. Harald Giessen at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research Stuttgart and the University of Stuttgart, Germany. Thereafter, he worked as a Humboldt Research Fellow in the group of Prof. Xiang Zhang at the University of California at Berkeley, USA, where he led the plasmonics research activities. Since May 2011 he is head of the Ultrafast Nanophotonics Research Group at Paderborn University. In 2016 he received an ERC Consolidator Grant for studying the nonlinear light-matter-interaction. In 2020 he became the Chairman of the Center for Optoelectronics & Photonics Paderborn and in 2021 Fellow of the Max Planck School of Photonics. His present research is focused on studying nano-optical system and artificially structured materials for optical applications by linear and nonlinear optical spectroscopy.

Curriculum Vitae

Since 04/2011: Professor for Applied Physics, Head of the Ultrafast Nanophotonics Group

Department of Physics, Paderborn University, Germany

2019: Visiting Researcher

Nonlinear Physics Center, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

08/2015 - 01/2016: Guest Professor

Department of Physics, Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand

2012: Visiting Researcher

Department of Physics, City University Hongkong, Hongkong

09/2007 - 03/2011: Research Associate

Department for Mechanical Engineering, University of California at Berkeley, USA

07/2006 - 08/2007: Postdoc

4th Physics Institute, University of Stuttgart, Germany

27.06.2006: Doctorate

Experimental Physics, University of Stuttgart, Germany. Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Harald Giessen

01/2003 - 06/2006: PhD student

Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart, Germany

09/2005 - 11/2005: Visiting Researcher

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley (USA)

2001 - 2002: Degree programme

M.Sc. Applied Physics, Technical University of Clausthal, Germany

1996 - 2001: Degree programme

B.Sc. Physical Engineering, University of Applied Sciences, Jena, Germany

03/2000 - 01/2001: Master Student

Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Mechanics, Jena, Germany

2021: Fellow of the Max Planck School of Photonics, Germany

2016: ERC Starting Grant, European Commission

2011: Marie Curie Career Integration Grant, European Commission

2007: Feodor Lynen Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

2006: Fellow of the Elite Program of the Baden-Württemberg Foundation

2006: Dr.-Heinrich-Düker Award of the Heidehof Foundation, Germany

2005: Scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

2002: Georg-Simon-Ohm Award of the German Physical Society (DPG)


Selected Publications

Asymmetric parametric generation of images with nonlinear dielectric metasurfaces
S.S. Kruk, L. Wang, B. Sain, Z. Dong, J. Yang, T. Zentgraf, Y. Kivshar, Nature Photonics 16 (2022) 561–565.
Metasurface interferometry toward quantum sensors
P. Georgi, M. Massaro, K.H. Luo, B. Sain, N. Montaut, H. Herrmann, T. Weiss, G. Li, C. Silberhorn, T. Zentgraf, Light: Science & Applications 8 (2019) 70.
Multichannel vectorial holographic display and encryption
R. Zhao, B. Sain, Q. Wei, C. Tang, X. Li, T. Weiss, L. Huang, Y. Wang, T. Zentgraf, Light: Science & Applications 7 (2018).
Spin and wavelength multiplexed nonlinear metasurface holography
W. Ye, F. Zeuner, X. Li, B. Reineke, S. He, C.-W. Qiu, J. Liu, Y. Wang, S. Zhang, T. Zentgraf, Nature Communications 7 (2016).
Three-dimensional optical metamaterial with a negative refractive index
J. Valentine, S. Zhang, T. Zentgraf, E. Ulin-Avila, D.A. Genov, G. Bartal, X. Zhang, Nature 455 (2008) 376–379.
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Current Courses

  • Physikalisches Projektpraktikum
  • Experimentalphysik III Übung
  • Experimentalphysik III
  • Aktuelle Fragen der Ultrakurzzeitspektroskopie

Scientific Engagement

2023  |  Program Committee, "CLEO Europe", Munich, Germany

2023  |  Program Committee, "OPTICA Optical Imaging Congress", Boston, USA

2021  |  Session organizer "New Frontiers in the Design, Fabrication, and Applications of Metamaterials" at MRS Fall Meeting in Boston, USA

2020  |  Scientific Advisory Committee, "5th International Conference on Photonics Solutions", Pattaya, Thailand

2020  |  Organizer of the focus session "Tailored Nonlinear Photonics" at the DPG Fall Meeting, Germany

2017  |  Program Committee, "SIAM Physics Congress 2017" in Rayong, Thailand

2015  |  Program Committee, "ICPS 2015" congress in Hua Hin, Thailand

2014  |  Organizer of the 551. WE-Heraeus-Seminar: "Active Nanoplasmonics and Metamaterial Dynamics" in Bad Honnef, Germany

2011  |  Program Committee of the "Metamaterials" congress in Barcelona, Spain

2017  |  Guest editor IOP, Journal of Physics D

Since 2001  |  Member of the German Physical Society (DPG)

2018  |  Founding member of the Institute for Photonics Quantum Systems (PhoQS), Paderborn University, Germany