Plasmonics researcher Romain Quidant of ICFO (Institut de Ciències Fotòniques) has been awarded the 2012 ICO Prize for his accomplishments in nanoscale optical manipulation, particularly his studies into the optical properties of metallic nanostructures. The concept has utility in technologies such as single-photon sources, sensing, and enhanced spectroscopy, offering the ability to control both light and heat for applications such as point-of-care diagnostics and cancer therapies.
Quidant, the leader of the research group on plasmon nano-optics at the ICFO, has presented at numerous SPIE conferences, most recently as a keynote speaker in the conference on Plasmon Applications at SPIE Optics and Photonics.
The ICO Prize was established in 1982 and is presented annually to a person who has made a noteworthy contribution to optics before reaching the age of 40. SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, is an International Society Member of the ICO (International Commission for Optics).
Read Quidant's article "Plasmon nano-optics provides novel nanotools for bioscience and medicine" in the SPIE Newsroom.
Read more about the award on the ICO website.