Light is one of the more common physical tools to fabricate, manipulate and characterize nano-particles. At the same time, nano-material advances allow new optical phenomena such as new sources, metamaterials, and resonance. Thus, their interaction is a major issue in modern physics.


Ranging from fabrication processes to their characterization and to photonics applications, the symposium aims to exchange and discuss about the major role played by light in its interaction with nanomaterials. The symposium will consider nanomaterial fabrication methods from chemical to laser processes, in which the purity and size control are major issues. Nanoscopy, as highlighted by the recent Nobel prize for chemistry, will be addressed, covering the many new super-resolution and nano-detection methods. More generally, the many techniques that exist using light for nanomaterial characterization or localization will also be discussed. The fluorescence properties of nanomaterials useful for biomedical applications or for the conception of new light emitting diodes for example, will be considered as will be the ability to detect or manipulate nanomaterials using photonic nanojets or optical tweezers. The new possibilities opened by plasmonic resonance in metallic nanomaterials and the electromagnetic modelling of these complex interactions are major issues within the scope of the symposium: very sensitive high electric field localization, collective behavior to achieve metamaterials, or light management using nano-antennas. The symposium will also touch upon the potential applications of nanomaterials for healthcare, energy storage, and sensors.

Hot topics to be covered by the symposium:

  • Processes for nano-fabrication and modification: chemical processes, laser processes
  • Nano-material characterization and nanoscopy
  • Nanomaterial plasmonic resonance
  • Photonic nanojet/nanomaterial interaction
  • Fluorescence of nanomaterials
  • Nanomaterials for biomedical applications
  • Nano-antennas and metamaterials