Zepler Institute, University of Southampton

Zepler Institute

Advanced materials and nanotechnology

Zepler Institute research uniquely spans the fundamental properties of materials, numerous routes to their synthesis and device fabrication at the forefront of optoelectronics and nanotechnology. Our work on new optical fibre materials saw some of the first speciality optical fibre emerge in the late 1980’s and in recent years we have established ourselves as world leaders in metamaterials.

Major activities in advanced materials and nanotechnology include:

  • Interaction of light with materials at the nanoscale – the Centre for Photonic Metamaterials, a large programme focussing on photonics and plasmonic devices and research interests in hybrid nanostructures and quantum optoelectronics .
  • Advanced Materials – exploring new optical and electronic materials including metamaterials, graphene, transition metal oxides and sulphide to create new possibilities for electronic and photonics devices.
  • Nanofabrication – a variety of processing equipment from atomic layer deposition, physical and chemical vapour deposition methods, electron beam lithography, wet, dry and ion beam etching for developing nanoscale devices is housed in our Clean Room Complex.
  • Nanomaterials – the fundamental understanding of materials such as carbon nanotubes, chemical engineering for deposition of new materials and topologies covering 0-dimensional nanostructures, such as quantum dots or nanoparticles, 1D nanowires, nanorods, nanofibres, nanobelts, nanotubes and  2D thin films, all potential  building blocks for other structures.  

"Changing optical properties of material at will: Reconfigurable photonic metamaterial", SEM image by Bruce Ou. Find out more.