Vincent Ginis: Metamaterials and transformation optics

Manipulating light with light opens new possibilities for cloaking and all-optical device actuation.

29 July 2014

Vincent Ginis received his B.Sc. degree in Engineering, summa cum laude, in 2007, and the M.Sc. degree in Photonics Engineering, summa cum laude, in 2009 from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium).

In May 2014, he received the degree of Doctor in Applied Sciences, summa cum laude, with a doctoral thesis entitled Transforming Electromagnetic Reality -- On the Physics and Applications of Metamaterials. His PhD was funded by the Research Foundation Flanders under joint supervision of Prof. Jan Danckaert (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Prof. Irina Veretennicoff (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), and Prof. Philippe Tassin (Chalmers University).

His research interests are focused on the physics and applications of advanced electromagnetic devices based on metamaterials. To this aim, he explored the limits of the equivalence relations of transformation optics and broadened its scope to include, e.g., momentum transfer and time-dependent material parameters. In this way, he extended the realm of transformation optics to several other applications.

Ginis has received several national and international awards, including the IMEC Engineering Prize, the KVIV Engineering Prize of the Royal Flemish Society of Engineers, the Barco High Tech Award, and the Boston Consulting Group Best Paper Award. He was also the recipient of the SPIE Scholarship in Optical Science and Engineering in 2012 and the IEEE Photonics Graduate Student fellowship in 2013.

He continues his research in nanophotonics and material sciences as a post-doctoral fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders. He was interviewed at SPIE Photonics Europe (April 2014).

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