The Wolf Prize laureates

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Caroline Dean

Wolf Prize Laureate in Agriculture 2020

The 2020 Wolf Prize in Mathematics is awarded jointly to Simon Donaldson and Yakov Eliashberg.

 

Sir Simon Kirwan Donaldson

Imperial College London and

Simons Center , Stony Brook , UK

 

“for their contributions to differential geometry and topology”

 

Sir Simon Kirwan Donaldson (born 1957, Cambridge, U.K.) is an English mathematician known for his work on the topology of smooth (differentiable) four-dimensional manifolds and Donaldson–Thomas theory.

 

Donaldson’s passion of youth was sailing. Through this, he became interested in the design of boats, and in turn in mathematics. Donaldson gained a BA degree in mathematics from Pembroke College, Cambridge in 1979, and in 1980 began postgraduate work at Worcester College, Oxford.

 

As a graduate student, Donaldson made a spectacular discovery on the nature or 4-dlmenslonal geometry and topology which is considered one of the great events of 20th century mathematics. He showed there are phenomena in 4-dlmenslons which have no counterpart in any other dimension. This was totally unexpected, running against the perceived wisdom of the time.

 

Not only did Donaldson make this discovery but he also produced new tools with which to study it, involving deep new ideas in global nonlinear analysis, topology, and algebraic geometry.

 

After gaining his DPhil degree from Oxford University in 1983, Donaldson was appointed a Junior Research Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, he spent the academic year 1983–84 at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and returned to Oxford as Wallis Professor of Mathematics in 1985. After spending one year visiting Stanford University, he moved to Imperial College London in 1998. Donaldson is currently a permanent member of the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics at Stony Brook University and a Professor in Pure Mathematics at Imperial College London.

 

Donaldson’s work is remarkable in its reversal of the usual direction of ideas from mathematics being applied to solve problems in physics.

 

A trademark of Donaldson’s work is to use geometric ideas in infinite dimensions, and deep non-linear analysis, to give new ways to solve partial differential equations (PDE). In this way he used the Yang-Mills equations, which has its origin in quantum field theory, to solve problems in pure mathematics (Kähler manifolds) and changed our understanding of symplectic manifolds. These are the phase spaces of classical mechanics, and he has shown that large parts of the powerful theory of algebraic geometry can be extended to them.

 

Applying physics to problems or pure mathematics was a stunning reversal of the usual interaction between the subjects and has helped develop a new unification of the subjects over the last 20 years, resulting in great progress in both. His use of moduli (or parameter) spaces of solutions of physical equations – and the interpretation of this technique as a form of quantum field theory – is now pervasive throughout many branches of modem mathematics and physics as a way to produce “Donaldson-type Invariants” of geometries of all types. In the last 5 years he has been making great progress with special geometries crucial to string theory in dimensions six (“Donaldson-Thomas theory”), seven and eight.

 

Professor Simon Donaldson is awarded the Wolf Prize for his leadership in geometry in the last 35 years. His work has been a unique combination of novel ideas in global non-linear analysis, topology, algebraic geometry, and theoretical physics, following his fundamental work on 4-manifolds and gauge theory. Especially remarkable is his recent work on symplectic and Kähler geometry.

 

 

 

Allan H. MacDonald

Wolf Prize Laureate in Physics 2020

The 2020 Wolf Prize in Mathematics is awarded jointly to Simon Donaldson and Yakov Eliashberg.

 

Sir Simon Kirwan Donaldson

Imperial College London and

Simons Center , Stony Brook , UK

 

“for their contributions to differential geometry and topology”

 

Sir Simon Kirwan Donaldson (born 1957, Cambridge, U.K.) is an English mathematician known for his work on the topology of smooth (differentiable) four-dimensional manifolds and Donaldson–Thomas theory.

 

Donaldson’s passion of youth was sailing. Through this, he became interested in the design of boats, and in turn in mathematics. Donaldson gained a BA degree in mathematics from Pembroke College, Cambridge in 1979, and in 1980 began postgraduate work at Worcester College, Oxford.

 

As a graduate student, Donaldson made a spectacular discovery on the nature or 4-dlmenslonal geometry and topology which is considered one of the great events of 20th century mathematics. He showed there are phenomena in 4-dlmenslons which have no counterpart in any other dimension. This was totally unexpected, running against the perceived wisdom of the time.

 

Not only did Donaldson make this discovery but he also produced new tools with which to study it, involving deep new ideas in global nonlinear analysis, topology, and algebraic geometry.

 

After gaining his DPhil degree from Oxford University in 1983, Donaldson was appointed a Junior Research Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, he spent the academic year 1983–84 at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and returned to Oxford as Wallis Professor of Mathematics in 1985. After spending one year visiting Stanford University, he moved to Imperial College London in 1998. Donaldson is currently a permanent member of the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics at Stony Brook University and a Professor in Pure Mathematics at Imperial College London.

 

Donaldson’s work is remarkable in its reversal of the usual direction of ideas from mathematics being applied to solve problems in physics.

 

A trademark of Donaldson’s work is to use geometric ideas in infinite dimensions, and deep non-linear analysis, to give new ways to solve partial differential equations (PDE). In this way he used the Yang-Mills equations, which has its origin in quantum field theory, to solve problems in pure mathematics (Kähler manifolds) and changed our understanding of symplectic manifolds. These are the phase spaces of classical mechanics, and he has shown that large parts of the powerful theory of algebraic geometry can be extended to them.

 

Applying physics to problems or pure mathematics was a stunning reversal of the usual interaction between the subjects and has helped develop a new unification of the subjects over the last 20 years, resulting in great progress in both. His use of moduli (or parameter) spaces of solutions of physical equations – and the interpretation of this technique as a form of quantum field theory – is now pervasive throughout many branches of modem mathematics and physics as a way to produce “Donaldson-type Invariants” of geometries of all types. In the last 5 years he has been making great progress with special geometries crucial to string theory in dimensions six (“Donaldson-Thomas theory”), seven and eight.

 

Professor Simon Donaldson is awarded the Wolf Prize for his leadership in geometry in the last 35 years. His work has been a unique combination of novel ideas in global non-linear analysis, topology, algebraic geometry, and theoretical physics, following his fundamental work on 4-manifolds and gauge theory. Especially remarkable is his recent work on symplectic and Kähler geometry.

 

 

 

Yakov Eliashberg

Wolf Prize Laureate in Mathematics 2020

The 2020 Wolf Prize in Mathematics is awarded jointly to Simon Donaldson and Yakov Eliashberg.

 

Sir Simon Kirwan Donaldson

Imperial College London and

Simons Center , Stony Brook , UK

 

“for their contributions to differential geometry and topology”

 

Sir Simon Kirwan Donaldson (born 1957, Cambridge, U.K.) is an English mathematician known for his work on the topology of smooth (differentiable) four-dimensional manifolds and Donaldson–Thomas theory.

 

Donaldson’s passion of youth was sailing. Through this, he became interested in the design of boats, and in turn in mathematics. Donaldson gained a BA degree in mathematics from Pembroke College, Cambridge in 1979, and in 1980 began postgraduate work at Worcester College, Oxford.

 

As a graduate student, Donaldson made a spectacular discovery on the nature or 4-dlmenslonal geometry and topology which is considered one of the great events of 20th century mathematics. He showed there are phenomena in 4-dlmenslons which have no counterpart in any other dimension. This was totally unexpected, running against the perceived wisdom of the time.

 

Not only did Donaldson make this discovery but he also produced new tools with which to study it, involving deep new ideas in global nonlinear analysis, topology, and algebraic geometry.

 

After gaining his DPhil degree from Oxford University in 1983, Donaldson was appointed a Junior Research Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, he spent the academic year 1983–84 at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and returned to Oxford as Wallis Professor of Mathematics in 1985. After spending one year visiting Stanford University, he moved to Imperial College London in 1998. Donaldson is currently a permanent member of the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics at Stony Brook University and a Professor in Pure Mathematics at Imperial College London.

 

Donaldson’s work is remarkable in its reversal of the usual direction of ideas from mathematics being applied to solve problems in physics.

 

A trademark of Donaldson’s work is to use geometric ideas in infinite dimensions, and deep non-linear analysis, to give new ways to solve partial differential equations (PDE). In this way he used the Yang-Mills equations, which has its origin in quantum field theory, to solve problems in pure mathematics (Kähler manifolds) and changed our understanding of symplectic manifolds. These are the phase spaces of classical mechanics, and he has shown that large parts of the powerful theory of algebraic geometry can be extended to them.

 

Applying physics to problems or pure mathematics was a stunning reversal of the usual interaction between the subjects and has helped develop a new unification of the subjects over the last 20 years, resulting in great progress in both. His use of moduli (or parameter) spaces of solutions of physical equations – and the interpretation of this technique as a form of quantum field theory – is now pervasive throughout many branches of modem mathematics and physics as a way to produce “Donaldson-type Invariants” of geometries of all types. In the last 5 years he has been making great progress with special geometries crucial to string theory in dimensions six (“Donaldson-Thomas theory”), seven and eight.

 

Professor Simon Donaldson is awarded the Wolf Prize for his leadership in geometry in the last 35 years. His work has been a unique combination of novel ideas in global non-linear analysis, topology, algebraic geometry, and theoretical physics, following his fundamental work on 4-manifolds and gauge theory. Especially remarkable is his recent work on symplectic and Kähler geometry.

 

 

 

Emmanuelle Charpentier

Wolf Prize Laureate in Medicine 2020

The 2020 Wolf Prize in Mathematics is awarded jointly to Simon Donaldson and Yakov Eliashberg.

 

Sir Simon Kirwan Donaldson

Imperial College London and

Simons Center , Stony Brook , UK

 

“for their contributions to differential geometry and topology”

 

Sir Simon Kirwan Donaldson (born 1957, Cambridge, U.K.) is an English mathematician known for his work on the topology of smooth (differentiable) four-dimensional manifolds and Donaldson–Thomas theory.

 

Donaldson’s passion of youth was sailing. Through this, he became interested in the design of boats, and in turn in mathematics. Donaldson gained a BA degree in mathematics from Pembroke College, Cambridge in 1979, and in 1980 began postgraduate work at Worcester College, Oxford.

 

As a graduate student, Donaldson made a spectacular discovery on the nature or 4-dlmenslonal geometry and topology which is considered one of the great events of 20th century mathematics. He showed there are phenomena in 4-dlmenslons which have no counterpart in any other dimension. This was totally unexpected, running against the perceived wisdom of the time.

 

Not only did Donaldson make this discovery but he also produced new tools with which to study it, involving deep new ideas in global nonlinear analysis, topology, and algebraic geometry.

 

After gaining his DPhil degree from Oxford University in 1983, Donaldson was appointed a Junior Research Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, he spent the academic year 1983–84 at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and returned to Oxford as Wallis Professor of Mathematics in 1985. After spending one year visiting Stanford University, he moved to Imperial College London in 1998. Donaldson is currently a permanent member of the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics at Stony Brook University and a Professor in Pure Mathematics at Imperial College London.

 

Donaldson’s work is remarkable in its reversal of the usual direction of ideas from mathematics being applied to solve problems in physics.

 

A trademark of Donaldson’s work is to use geometric ideas in infinite dimensions, and deep non-linear analysis, to give new ways to solve partial differential equations (PDE). In this way he used the Yang-Mills equations, which has its origin in quantum field theory, to solve problems in pure mathematics (Kähler manifolds) and changed our understanding of symplectic manifolds. These are the phase spaces of classical mechanics, and he has shown that large parts of the powerful theory of algebraic geometry can be extended to them.

 

Applying physics to problems or pure mathematics was a stunning reversal of the usual interaction between the subjects and has helped develop a new unification of the subjects over the last 20 years, resulting in great progress in both. His use of moduli (or parameter) spaces of solutions of physical equations – and the interpretation of this technique as a form of quantum field theory – is now pervasive throughout many branches of modem mathematics and physics as a way to produce “Donaldson-type Invariants” of geometries of all types. In the last 5 years he has been making great progress with special geometries crucial to string theory in dimensions six (“Donaldson-Thomas theory”), seven and eight.

 

Professor Simon Donaldson is awarded the Wolf Prize for his leadership in geometry in the last 35 years. His work has been a unique combination of novel ideas in global non-linear analysis, topology, algebraic geometry, and theoretical physics, following his fundamental work on 4-manifolds and gauge theory. Especially remarkable is his recent work on symplectic and Kähler geometry.

 

 

 

Cindy Sherman

Wolf Prize Laureate in Art 2020

The 2020 Wolf Prize in Mathematics is awarded jointly to Simon Donaldson and Yakov Eliashberg.

 

Sir Simon Kirwan Donaldson

Imperial College London and

Simons Center , Stony Brook , UK

 

“for their contributions to differential geometry and topology”

 

Sir Simon Kirwan Donaldson (born 1957, Cambridge, U.K.) is an English mathematician known for his work on the topology of smooth (differentiable) four-dimensional manifolds and Donaldson–Thomas theory.

 

Donaldson’s passion of youth was sailing. Through this, he became interested in the design of boats, and in turn in mathematics. Donaldson gained a BA degree in mathematics from Pembroke College, Cambridge in 1979, and in 1980 began postgraduate work at Worcester College, Oxford.

 

As a graduate student, Donaldson made a spectacular discovery on the nature or 4-dlmenslonal geometry and topology which is considered one of the great events of 20th century mathematics. He showed there are phenomena in 4-dlmenslons which have no counterpart in any other dimension. This was totally unexpected, running against the perceived wisdom of the time.

 

Not only did Donaldson make this discovery but he also produced new tools with which to study it, involving deep new ideas in global nonlinear analysis, topology, and algebraic geometry.

 

After gaining his DPhil degree from Oxford University in 1983, Donaldson was appointed a Junior Research Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, he spent the academic year 1983–84 at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and returned to Oxford as Wallis Professor of Mathematics in 1985. After spending one year visiting Stanford University, he moved to Imperial College London in 1998. Donaldson is currently a permanent member of the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics at Stony Brook University and a Professor in Pure Mathematics at Imperial College London.

 

Donaldson’s work is remarkable in its reversal of the usual direction of ideas from mathematics being applied to solve problems in physics.

 

A trademark of Donaldson’s work is to use geometric ideas in infinite dimensions, and deep non-linear analysis, to give new ways to solve partial differential equations (PDE). In this way he used the Yang-Mills equations, which has its origin in quantum field theory, to solve problems in pure mathematics (Kähler manifolds) and changed our understanding of symplectic manifolds. These are the phase spaces of classical mechanics, and he has shown that large parts of the powerful theory of algebraic geometry can be extended to them.

 

Applying physics to problems or pure mathematics was a stunning reversal of the usual interaction between the subjects and has helped develop a new unification of the subjects over the last 20 years, resulting in great progress in both. His use of moduli (or parameter) spaces of solutions of physical equations – and the interpretation of this technique as a form of quantum field theory – is now pervasive throughout many branches of modem mathematics and physics as a way to produce “Donaldson-type Invariants” of geometries of all types. In the last 5 years he has been making great progress with special geometries crucial to string theory in dimensions six (“Donaldson-Thomas theory”), seven and eight.

 

Professor Simon Donaldson is awarded the Wolf Prize for his leadership in geometry in the last 35 years. His work has been a unique combination of novel ideas in global non-linear analysis, topology, algebraic geometry, and theoretical physics, following his fundamental work on 4-manifolds and gauge theory. Especially remarkable is his recent work on symplectic and Kähler geometry.

 

 

 

Pablo Jarillo-Herrero

Wolf Prize Laureate in Physics 2020

The 2020 Wolf Prize in Mathematics is awarded jointly to Simon Donaldson and Yakov Eliashberg.

 

Sir Simon Kirwan Donaldson

Imperial College London and

Simons Center , Stony Brook , UK

 

“for their contributions to differential geometry and topology”

 

Sir Simon Kirwan Donaldson (born 1957, Cambridge, U.K.) is an English mathematician known for his work on the topology of smooth (differentiable) four-dimensional manifolds and Donaldson–Thomas theory.

 

Donaldson’s passion of youth was sailing. Through this, he became interested in the design of boats, and in turn in mathematics. Donaldson gained a BA degree in mathematics from Pembroke College, Cambridge in 1979, and in 1980 began postgraduate work at Worcester College, Oxford.

 

As a graduate student, Donaldson made a spectacular discovery on the nature or 4-dlmenslonal geometry and topology which is considered one of the great events of 20th century mathematics. He showed there are phenomena in 4-dlmenslons which have no counterpart in any other dimension. This was totally unexpected, running against the perceived wisdom of the time.

 

Not only did Donaldson make this discovery but he also produced new tools with which to study it, involving deep new ideas in global nonlinear analysis, topology, and algebraic geometry.

 

After gaining his DPhil degree from Oxford University in 1983, Donaldson was appointed a Junior Research Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, he spent the academic year 1983–84 at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and returned to Oxford as Wallis Professor of Mathematics in 1985. After spending one year visiting Stanford University, he moved to Imperial College London in 1998. Donaldson is currently a permanent member of the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics at Stony Brook University and a Professor in Pure Mathematics at Imperial College London.

 

Donaldson’s work is remarkable in its reversal of the usual direction of ideas from mathematics being applied to solve problems in physics.

 

A trademark of Donaldson’s work is to use geometric ideas in infinite dimensions, and deep non-linear analysis, to give new ways to solve partial differential equations (PDE). In this way he used the Yang-Mills equations, which has its origin in quantum field theory, to solve problems in pure mathematics (Kähler manifolds) and changed our understanding of symplectic manifolds. These are the phase spaces of classical mechanics, and he has shown that large parts of the powerful theory of algebraic geometry can be extended to them.

 

Applying physics to problems or pure mathematics was a stunning reversal of the usual interaction between the subjects and has helped develop a new unification of the subjects over the last 20 years, resulting in great progress in both. His use of moduli (or parameter) spaces of solutions of physical equations – and the interpretation of this technique as a form of quantum field theory – is now pervasive throughout many branches of modem mathematics and physics as a way to produce “Donaldson-type Invariants” of geometries of all types. In the last 5 years he has been making great progress with special geometries crucial to string theory in dimensions six (“Donaldson-Thomas theory”), seven and eight.

 

Professor Simon Donaldson is awarded the Wolf Prize for his leadership in geometry in the last 35 years. His work has been a unique combination of novel ideas in global non-linear analysis, topology, algebraic geometry, and theoretical physics, following his fundamental work on 4-manifolds and gauge theory. Especially remarkable is his recent work on symplectic and Kähler geometry.

 

 

 

Rafi Bistritzer

Wolf Prize Laureate in Physics 2020

The 2020 Wolf Prize in Mathematics is awarded jointly to Simon Donaldson and Yakov Eliashberg.

 

Sir Simon Kirwan Donaldson

Imperial College London and

Simons Center , Stony Brook , UK

 

“for their contributions to differential geometry and topology”

 

Sir Simon Kirwan Donaldson (born 1957, Cambridge, U.K.) is an English mathematician known for his work on the topology of smooth (differentiable) four-dimensional manifolds and Donaldson–Thomas theory.

 

Donaldson’s passion of youth was sailing. Through this, he became interested in the design of boats, and in turn in mathematics. Donaldson gained a BA degree in mathematics from Pembroke College, Cambridge in 1979, and in 1980 began postgraduate work at Worcester College, Oxford.

 

As a graduate student, Donaldson made a spectacular discovery on the nature or 4-dlmenslonal geometry and topology which is considered one of the great events of 20th century mathematics. He showed there are phenomena in 4-dlmenslons which have no counterpart in any other dimension. This was totally unexpected, running against the perceived wisdom of the time.

 

Not only did Donaldson make this discovery but he also produced new tools with which to study it, involving deep new ideas in global nonlinear analysis, topology, and algebraic geometry.

 

After gaining his DPhil degree from Oxford University in 1983, Donaldson was appointed a Junior Research Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, he spent the academic year 1983–84 at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and returned to Oxford as Wallis Professor of Mathematics in 1985. After spending one year visiting Stanford University, he moved to Imperial College London in 1998. Donaldson is currently a permanent member of the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics at Stony Brook University and a Professor in Pure Mathematics at Imperial College London.

 

Donaldson’s work is remarkable in its reversal of the usual direction of ideas from mathematics being applied to solve problems in physics.

 

A trademark of Donaldson’s work is to use geometric ideas in infinite dimensions, and deep non-linear analysis, to give new ways to solve partial differential equations (PDE). In this way he used the Yang-Mills equations, which has its origin in quantum field theory, to solve problems in pure mathematics (Kähler manifolds) and changed our understanding of symplectic manifolds. These are the phase spaces of classical mechanics, and he has shown that large parts of the powerful theory of algebraic geometry can be extended to them.

 

Applying physics to problems or pure mathematics was a stunning reversal of the usual interaction between the subjects and has helped develop a new unification of the subjects over the last 20 years, resulting in great progress in both. His use of moduli (or parameter) spaces of solutions of physical equations – and the interpretation of this technique as a form of quantum field theory – is now pervasive throughout many branches of modem mathematics and physics as a way to produce “Donaldson-type Invariants” of geometries of all types. In the last 5 years he has been making great progress with special geometries crucial to string theory in dimensions six (“Donaldson-Thomas theory”), seven and eight.

 

Professor Simon Donaldson is awarded the Wolf Prize for his leadership in geometry in the last 35 years. His work has been a unique combination of novel ideas in global non-linear analysis, topology, algebraic geometry, and theoretical physics, following his fundamental work on 4-manifolds and gauge theory. Especially remarkable is his recent work on symplectic and Kähler geometry.

 

 

 

Simon K. Donaldson

Wolf Prize Laureate in Mathematics 2020

The 2020 Wolf Prize in Mathematics is awarded jointly to Simon Donaldson and Yakov Eliashberg.

 

Sir Simon Kirwan Donaldson

Imperial College London and

Simons Center , Stony Brook , UK

 

“for their contributions to differential geometry and topology”

 

Sir Simon Kirwan Donaldson (born 1957, Cambridge, U.K.) is an English mathematician known for his work on the topology of smooth (differentiable) four-dimensional manifolds and Donaldson–Thomas theory.

 

Donaldson’s passion of youth was sailing. Through this, he became interested in the design of boats, and in turn in mathematics. Donaldson gained a BA degree in mathematics from Pembroke College, Cambridge in 1979, and in 1980 began postgraduate work at Worcester College, Oxford.

 

As a graduate student, Donaldson made a spectacular discovery on the nature or 4-dlmenslonal geometry and topology which is considered one of the great events of 20th century mathematics. He showed there are phenomena in 4-dlmenslons which have no counterpart in any other dimension. This was totally unexpected, running against the perceived wisdom of the time.

 

Not only did Donaldson make this discovery but he also produced new tools with which to study it, involving deep new ideas in global nonlinear analysis, topology, and algebraic geometry.

 

After gaining his DPhil degree from Oxford University in 1983, Donaldson was appointed a Junior Research Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, he spent the academic year 1983–84 at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and returned to Oxford as Wallis Professor of Mathematics in 1985. After spending one year visiting Stanford University, he moved to Imperial College London in 1998. Donaldson is currently a permanent member of the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics at Stony Brook University and a Professor in Pure Mathematics at Imperial College London.

 

Donaldson’s work is remarkable in its reversal of the usual direction of ideas from mathematics being applied to solve problems in physics.

 

A trademark of Donaldson’s work is to use geometric ideas in infinite dimensions, and deep non-linear analysis, to give new ways to solve partial differential equations (PDE). In this way he used the Yang-Mills equations, which has its origin in quantum field theory, to solve problems in pure mathematics (Kähler manifolds) and changed our understanding of symplectic manifolds. These are the phase spaces of classical mechanics, and he has shown that large parts of the powerful theory of algebraic geometry can be extended to them.

 

Applying physics to problems or pure mathematics was a stunning reversal of the usual interaction between the subjects and has helped develop a new unification of the subjects over the last 20 years, resulting in great progress in both. His use of moduli (or parameter) spaces of solutions of physical equations – and the interpretation of this technique as a form of quantum field theory – is now pervasive throughout many branches of modem mathematics and physics as a way to produce “Donaldson-type Invariants” of geometries of all types. In the last 5 years he has been making great progress with special geometries crucial to string theory in dimensions six (“Donaldson-Thomas theory”), seven and eight.

 

Professor Simon Donaldson is awarded the Wolf Prize for his leadership in geometry in the last 35 years. His work has been a unique combination of novel ideas in global non-linear analysis, topology, algebraic geometry, and theoretical physics, following his fundamental work on 4-manifolds and gauge theory. Especially remarkable is his recent work on symplectic and Kähler geometry.

 

 

 

Prizes and scholarships laureates

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Karam Natour

Kiefer Prize Laureate– 2020

Adi Salomon

light matter interaction at the nanoscale

Energy transfer processes between light and molecules and among molecules themselves play important roles in nature, with photosynthesis probably being the best-known example. In my laboratory at the Bar-Ilan Nanocenter, we study such light-matter interactions at the nanoscale, focusing on organic molecules. To do so, we use metallic nanostructures to concentrate the light energy. Surface-plasmons, light-driven, collective oscillations of the metal’s free electrons, allow tuning, enhancing and confining the electromagnetic field to a tiny, sub-wavelength volume. In this context, the overall goal of my wosrk is to modify molecules using plasmonic modes as a photonic environment, or even as a ‘photonic catalyst’.

Having this goal in mind, we have developed during the last four years metallic systems with unique properties. These systems are composed either of well-defined metallic nanostructures, or, more recently, of a large-scale nanoporous metallic network. Both of these systems are different from conventional plasmonic devices, and they are complementary to each other in many aspects. The nanofabricated surfaces we produce are like an artificial leaf, on which the light energy can be funneled to a desired ‘reaction center’. We use this confined light as a ‘photonic reagent’, which opens new photochemical reaction channels, or which modifies the potential energy barrier along a given reaction coordinate and thus enhances or inhibits a specific reaction channel. The idea here is to open new routes for photochemical reactions on surfaces by controlling the electromagnetic-field properties at the metal surface.

Schraga Schwartz

Winner of Krill Prize 2020
Weizmann Institute of Scienc

Adi Salomon

light matter interaction at the nanoscale

Energy transfer processes between light and molecules and among molecules themselves play important roles in nature, with photosynthesis probably being the best-known example. In my laboratory at the Bar-Ilan Nanocenter, we study such light-matter interactions at the nanoscale, focusing on organic molecules. To do so, we use metallic nanostructures to concentrate the light energy. Surface-plasmons, light-driven, collective oscillations of the metal’s free electrons, allow tuning, enhancing and confining the electromagnetic field to a tiny, sub-wavelength volume. In this context, the overall goal of my wosrk is to modify molecules using plasmonic modes as a photonic environment, or even as a ‘photonic catalyst’.

Having this goal in mind, we have developed during the last four years metallic systems with unique properties. These systems are composed either of well-defined metallic nanostructures, or, more recently, of a large-scale nanoporous metallic network. Both of these systems are different from conventional plasmonic devices, and they are complementary to each other in many aspects. The nanofabricated surfaces we produce are like an artificial leaf, on which the light energy can be funneled to a desired ‘reaction center’. We use this confined light as a ‘photonic reagent’, which opens new photochemical reaction channels, or which modifies the potential energy barrier along a given reaction coordinate and thus enhances or inhibits a specific reaction channel. The idea here is to open new routes for photochemical reactions on surfaces by controlling the electromagnetic-field properties at the metal surface.

Kfir Blum

Winner of Krill Prize 2020
Weizmann Institute of Science

Adi Salomon

light matter interaction at the nanoscale

Energy transfer processes between light and molecules and among molecules themselves play important roles in nature, with photosynthesis probably being the best-known example. In my laboratory at the Bar-Ilan Nanocenter, we study such light-matter interactions at the nanoscale, focusing on organic molecules. To do so, we use metallic nanostructures to concentrate the light energy. Surface-plasmons, light-driven, collective oscillations of the metal’s free electrons, allow tuning, enhancing and confining the electromagnetic field to a tiny, sub-wavelength volume. In this context, the overall goal of my wosrk is to modify molecules using plasmonic modes as a photonic environment, or even as a ‘photonic catalyst’.

Having this goal in mind, we have developed during the last four years metallic systems with unique properties. These systems are composed either of well-defined metallic nanostructures, or, more recently, of a large-scale nanoporous metallic network. Both of these systems are different from conventional plasmonic devices, and they are complementary to each other in many aspects. The nanofabricated surfaces we produce are like an artificial leaf, on which the light energy can be funneled to a desired ‘reaction center’. We use this confined light as a ‘photonic reagent’, which opens new photochemical reaction channels, or which modifies the potential energy barrier along a given reaction coordinate and thus enhances or inhibits a specific reaction channel. The idea here is to open new routes for photochemical reactions on surfaces by controlling the electromagnetic-field properties at the metal surface.

Tomer Michaeli

Winner of Krill Prize 2020
Technion

Adi Salomon

light matter interaction at the nanoscale

Energy transfer processes between light and molecules and among molecules themselves play important roles in nature, with photosynthesis probably being the best-known example. In my laboratory at the Bar-Ilan Nanocenter, we study such light-matter interactions at the nanoscale, focusing on organic molecules. To do so, we use metallic nanostructures to concentrate the light energy. Surface-plasmons, light-driven, collective oscillations of the metal’s free electrons, allow tuning, enhancing and confining the electromagnetic field to a tiny, sub-wavelength volume. In this context, the overall goal of my wosrk is to modify molecules using plasmonic modes as a photonic environment, or even as a ‘photonic catalyst’.

Having this goal in mind, we have developed during the last four years metallic systems with unique properties. These systems are composed either of well-defined metallic nanostructures, or, more recently, of a large-scale nanoporous metallic network. Both of these systems are different from conventional plasmonic devices, and they are complementary to each other in many aspects. The nanofabricated surfaces we produce are like an artificial leaf, on which the light energy can be funneled to a desired ‘reaction center’. We use this confined light as a ‘photonic reagent’, which opens new photochemical reaction channels, or which modifies the potential energy barrier along a given reaction coordinate and thus enhances or inhibits a specific reaction channel. The idea here is to open new routes for photochemical reactions on surfaces by controlling the electromagnetic-field properties at the metal surface.

Yuval Filmus

Winner of Krill Prize 2020
Technion

Adi Salomon

light matter interaction at the nanoscale

Energy transfer processes between light and molecules and among molecules themselves play important roles in nature, with photosynthesis probably being the best-known example. In my laboratory at the Bar-Ilan Nanocenter, we study such light-matter interactions at the nanoscale, focusing on organic molecules. To do so, we use metallic nanostructures to concentrate the light energy. Surface-plasmons, light-driven, collective oscillations of the metal’s free electrons, allow tuning, enhancing and confining the electromagnetic field to a tiny, sub-wavelength volume. In this context, the overall goal of my wosrk is to modify molecules using plasmonic modes as a photonic environment, or even as a ‘photonic catalyst’.

Having this goal in mind, we have developed during the last four years metallic systems with unique properties. These systems are composed either of well-defined metallic nanostructures, or, more recently, of a large-scale nanoporous metallic network. Both of these systems are different from conventional plasmonic devices, and they are complementary to each other in many aspects. The nanofabricated surfaces we produce are like an artificial leaf, on which the light energy can be funneled to a desired ‘reaction center’. We use this confined light as a ‘photonic reagent’, which opens new photochemical reaction channels, or which modifies the potential energy barrier along a given reaction coordinate and thus enhances or inhibits a specific reaction channel. The idea here is to open new routes for photochemical reactions on surfaces by controlling the electromagnetic-field properties at the metal surface.

Meirav Zehavi

Winner of Krill Prize 2020
Ben Gurion University

Adi Salomon

light matter interaction at the nanoscale

Energy transfer processes between light and molecules and among molecules themselves play important roles in nature, with photosynthesis probably being the best-known example. In my laboratory at the Bar-Ilan Nanocenter, we study such light-matter interactions at the nanoscale, focusing on organic molecules. To do so, we use metallic nanostructures to concentrate the light energy. Surface-plasmons, light-driven, collective oscillations of the metal’s free electrons, allow tuning, enhancing and confining the electromagnetic field to a tiny, sub-wavelength volume. In this context, the overall goal of my wosrk is to modify molecules using plasmonic modes as a photonic environment, or even as a ‘photonic catalyst’.

Having this goal in mind, we have developed during the last four years metallic systems with unique properties. These systems are composed either of well-defined metallic nanostructures, or, more recently, of a large-scale nanoporous metallic network. Both of these systems are different from conventional plasmonic devices, and they are complementary to each other in many aspects. The nanofabricated surfaces we produce are like an artificial leaf, on which the light energy can be funneled to a desired ‘reaction center’. We use this confined light as a ‘photonic reagent’, which opens new photochemical reaction channels, or which modifies the potential energy barrier along a given reaction coordinate and thus enhances or inhibits a specific reaction channel. The idea here is to open new routes for photochemical reactions on surfaces by controlling the electromagnetic-field properties at the metal surface.

Idan Hod

Winner of Krill Prize 2020
Ben Gurion University of the Negev

Adi Salomon

light matter interaction at the nanoscale

Energy transfer processes between light and molecules and among molecules themselves play important roles in nature, with photosynthesis probably being the best-known example. In my laboratory at the Bar-Ilan Nanocenter, we study such light-matter interactions at the nanoscale, focusing on organic molecules. To do so, we use metallic nanostructures to concentrate the light energy. Surface-plasmons, light-driven, collective oscillations of the metal’s free electrons, allow tuning, enhancing and confining the electromagnetic field to a tiny, sub-wavelength volume. In this context, the overall goal of my wosrk is to modify molecules using plasmonic modes as a photonic environment, or even as a ‘photonic catalyst’.

Having this goal in mind, we have developed during the last four years metallic systems with unique properties. These systems are composed either of well-defined metallic nanostructures, or, more recently, of a large-scale nanoporous metallic network. Both of these systems are different from conventional plasmonic devices, and they are complementary to each other in many aspects. The nanofabricated surfaces we produce are like an artificial leaf, on which the light energy can be funneled to a desired ‘reaction center’. We use this confined light as a ‘photonic reagent’, which opens new photochemical reaction channels, or which modifies the potential energy barrier along a given reaction coordinate and thus enhances or inhibits a specific reaction channel. The idea here is to open new routes for photochemical reactions on surfaces by controlling the electromagnetic-field properties at the metal surface.

Adam Teman

Winner of Krill Prize 2020
Bar-Ilan University

Adi Salomon

light matter interaction at the nanoscale

Energy transfer processes between light and molecules and among molecules themselves play important roles in nature, with photosynthesis probably being the best-known example. In my laboratory at the Bar-Ilan Nanocenter, we study such light-matter interactions at the nanoscale, focusing on organic molecules. To do so, we use metallic nanostructures to concentrate the light energy. Surface-plasmons, light-driven, collective oscillations of the metal’s free electrons, allow tuning, enhancing and confining the electromagnetic field to a tiny, sub-wavelength volume. In this context, the overall goal of my wosrk is to modify molecules using plasmonic modes as a photonic environment, or even as a ‘photonic catalyst’.

Having this goal in mind, we have developed during the last four years metallic systems with unique properties. These systems are composed either of well-defined metallic nanostructures, or, more recently, of a large-scale nanoporous metallic network. Both of these systems are different from conventional plasmonic devices, and they are complementary to each other in many aspects. The nanofabricated surfaces we produce are like an artificial leaf, on which the light energy can be funneled to a desired ‘reaction center’. We use this confined light as a ‘photonic reagent’, which opens new photochemical reaction channels, or which modifies the potential energy barrier along a given reaction coordinate and thus enhances or inhibits a specific reaction channel. The idea here is to open new routes for photochemical reactions on surfaces by controlling the electromagnetic-field properties at the metal surface.

Yasmine Meroz

Winner of Krill Prize 2020
Tel Aviv University

Adi Salomon

light matter interaction at the nanoscale

Energy transfer processes between light and molecules and among molecules themselves play important roles in nature, with photosynthesis probably being the best-known example. In my laboratory at the Bar-Ilan Nanocenter, we study such light-matter interactions at the nanoscale, focusing on organic molecules. To do so, we use metallic nanostructures to concentrate the light energy. Surface-plasmons, light-driven, collective oscillations of the metal’s free electrons, allow tuning, enhancing and confining the electromagnetic field to a tiny, sub-wavelength volume. In this context, the overall goal of my wosrk is to modify molecules using plasmonic modes as a photonic environment, or even as a ‘photonic catalyst’.

Having this goal in mind, we have developed during the last four years metallic systems with unique properties. These systems are composed either of well-defined metallic nanostructures, or, more recently, of a large-scale nanoporous metallic network. Both of these systems are different from conventional plasmonic devices, and they are complementary to each other in many aspects. The nanofabricated surfaces we produce are like an artificial leaf, on which the light energy can be funneled to a desired ‘reaction center’. We use this confined light as a ‘photonic reagent’, which opens new photochemical reaction channels, or which modifies the potential energy barrier along a given reaction coordinate and thus enhances or inhibits a specific reaction channel. The idea here is to open new routes for photochemical reactions on surfaces by controlling the electromagnetic-field properties at the metal surface.

Yakir Hadad

Winner of Krill Prize 2020
Tel Aviv University

Adi Salomon

light matter interaction at the nanoscale

Energy transfer processes between light and molecules and among molecules themselves play important roles in nature, with photosynthesis probably being the best-known example. In my laboratory at the Bar-Ilan Nanocenter, we study such light-matter interactions at the nanoscale, focusing on organic molecules. To do so, we use metallic nanostructures to concentrate the light energy. Surface-plasmons, light-driven, collective oscillations of the metal’s free electrons, allow tuning, enhancing and confining the electromagnetic field to a tiny, sub-wavelength volume. In this context, the overall goal of my wosrk is to modify molecules using plasmonic modes as a photonic environment, or even as a ‘photonic catalyst’.

Having this goal in mind, we have developed during the last four years metallic systems with unique properties. These systems are composed either of well-defined metallic nanostructures, or, more recently, of a large-scale nanoporous metallic network. Both of these systems are different from conventional plasmonic devices, and they are complementary to each other in many aspects. The nanofabricated surfaces we produce are like an artificial leaf, on which the light energy can be funneled to a desired ‘reaction center’. We use this confined light as a ‘photonic reagent’, which opens new photochemical reaction channels, or which modifies the potential energy barrier along a given reaction coordinate and thus enhances or inhibits a specific reaction channel. The idea here is to open new routes for photochemical reactions on surfaces by controlling the electromagnetic-field properties at the metal surface.

Yonit Hochberg

Winner of Krill Prize 2020
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Adi Salomon

light matter interaction at the nanoscale

Energy transfer processes between light and molecules and among molecules themselves play important roles in nature, with photosynthesis probably being the best-known example. In my laboratory at the Bar-Ilan Nanocenter, we study such light-matter interactions at the nanoscale, focusing on organic molecules. To do so, we use metallic nanostructures to concentrate the light energy. Surface-plasmons, light-driven, collective oscillations of the metal’s free electrons, allow tuning, enhancing and confining the electromagnetic field to a tiny, sub-wavelength volume. In this context, the overall goal of my wosrk is to modify molecules using plasmonic modes as a photonic environment, or even as a ‘photonic catalyst’.

Having this goal in mind, we have developed during the last four years metallic systems with unique properties. These systems are composed either of well-defined metallic nanostructures, or, more recently, of a large-scale nanoporous metallic network. Both of these systems are different from conventional plasmonic devices, and they are complementary to each other in many aspects. The nanofabricated surfaces we produce are like an artificial leaf, on which the light energy can be funneled to a desired ‘reaction center’. We use this confined light as a ‘photonic reagent’, which opens new photochemical reaction channels, or which modifies the potential energy barrier along a given reaction coordinate and thus enhances or inhibits a specific reaction channel. The idea here is to open new routes for photochemical reactions on surfaces by controlling the electromagnetic-field properties at the metal surface.

Itzhak Tamo

Krill Prize Laureate 2018
Tel-Aviv University

Adi Salomon

light matter interaction at the nanoscale

Energy transfer processes between light and molecules and among molecules themselves play important roles in nature, with photosynthesis probably being the best-known example. In my laboratory at the Bar-Ilan Nanocenter, we study such light-matter interactions at the nanoscale, focusing on organic molecules. To do so, we use metallic nanostructures to concentrate the light energy. Surface-plasmons, light-driven, collective oscillations of the metal’s free electrons, allow tuning, enhancing and confining the electromagnetic field to a tiny, sub-wavelength volume. In this context, the overall goal of my wosrk is to modify molecules using plasmonic modes as a photonic environment, or even as a ‘photonic catalyst’.

Having this goal in mind, we have developed during the last four years metallic systems with unique properties. These systems are composed either of well-defined metallic nanostructures, or, more recently, of a large-scale nanoporous metallic network. Both of these systems are different from conventional plasmonic devices, and they are complementary to each other in many aspects. The nanofabricated surfaces we produce are like an artificial leaf, on which the light energy can be funneled to a desired ‘reaction center’. We use this confined light as a ‘photonic reagent’, which opens new photochemical reaction channels, or which modifies the potential energy barrier along a given reaction coordinate and thus enhances or inhibits a specific reaction channel. The idea here is to open new routes for photochemical reactions on surfaces by controlling the electromagnetic-field properties at the metal surface.

Amit Sever

Krill Prize Laureate 2018
Tel-Aviv University

Adi Salomon

light matter interaction at the nanoscale

Energy transfer processes between light and molecules and among molecules themselves play important roles in nature, with photosynthesis probably being the best-known example. In my laboratory at the Bar-Ilan Nanocenter, we study such light-matter interactions at the nanoscale, focusing on organic molecules. To do so, we use metallic nanostructures to concentrate the light energy. Surface-plasmons, light-driven, collective oscillations of the metal’s free electrons, allow tuning, enhancing and confining the electromagnetic field to a tiny, sub-wavelength volume. In this context, the overall goal of my wosrk is to modify molecules using plasmonic modes as a photonic environment, or even as a ‘photonic catalyst’.

Having this goal in mind, we have developed during the last four years metallic systems with unique properties. These systems are composed either of well-defined metallic nanostructures, or, more recently, of a large-scale nanoporous metallic network. Both of these systems are different from conventional plasmonic devices, and they are complementary to each other in many aspects. The nanofabricated surfaces we produce are like an artificial leaf, on which the light energy can be funneled to a desired ‘reaction center’. We use this confined light as a ‘photonic reagent’, which opens new photochemical reaction channels, or which modifies the potential energy barrier along a given reaction coordinate and thus enhances or inhibits a specific reaction channel. The idea here is to open new routes for photochemical reactions on surfaces by controlling the electromagnetic-field properties at the metal surface.

Meital Landau

Krill Prize Laureate 2018
Technion

Adi Salomon

light matter interaction at the nanoscale

Energy transfer processes between light and molecules and among molecules themselves play important roles in nature, with photosynthesis probably being the best-known example. In my laboratory at the Bar-Ilan Nanocenter, we study such light-matter interactions at the nanoscale, focusing on organic molecules. To do so, we use metallic nanostructures to concentrate the light energy. Surface-plasmons, light-driven, collective oscillations of the metal’s free electrons, allow tuning, enhancing and confining the electromagnetic field to a tiny, sub-wavelength volume. In this context, the overall goal of my wosrk is to modify molecules using plasmonic modes as a photonic environment, or even as a ‘photonic catalyst’.

Having this goal in mind, we have developed during the last four years metallic systems with unique properties. These systems are composed either of well-defined metallic nanostructures, or, more recently, of a large-scale nanoporous metallic network. Both of these systems are different from conventional plasmonic devices, and they are complementary to each other in many aspects. The nanofabricated surfaces we produce are like an artificial leaf, on which the light energy can be funneled to a desired ‘reaction center’. We use this confined light as a ‘photonic reagent’, which opens new photochemical reaction channels, or which modifies the potential energy barrier along a given reaction coordinate and thus enhances or inhibits a specific reaction channel. The idea here is to open new routes for photochemical reactions on surfaces by controlling the electromagnetic-field properties at the metal surface.

Charles E. Diesendruck

Krill Prize 2018
Technion

Adi Salomon

light matter interaction at the nanoscale

Energy transfer processes between light and molecules and among molecules themselves play important roles in nature, with photosynthesis probably being the best-known example. In my laboratory at the Bar-Ilan Nanocenter, we study such light-matter interactions at the nanoscale, focusing on organic molecules. To do so, we use metallic nanostructures to concentrate the light energy. Surface-plasmons, light-driven, collective oscillations of the metal’s free electrons, allow tuning, enhancing and confining the electromagnetic field to a tiny, sub-wavelength volume. In this context, the overall goal of my wosrk is to modify molecules using plasmonic modes as a photonic environment, or even as a ‘photonic catalyst’.

Having this goal in mind, we have developed during the last four years metallic systems with unique properties. These systems are composed either of well-defined metallic nanostructures, or, more recently, of a large-scale nanoporous metallic network. Both of these systems are different from conventional plasmonic devices, and they are complementary to each other in many aspects. The nanofabricated surfaces we produce are like an artificial leaf, on which the light energy can be funneled to a desired ‘reaction center’. We use this confined light as a ‘photonic reagent’, which opens new photochemical reaction channels, or which modifies the potential energy barrier along a given reaction coordinate and thus enhances or inhibits a specific reaction channel. The idea here is to open new routes for photochemical reactions on surfaces by controlling the electromagnetic-field properties at the metal surface.

Yakov Babichenko

Krill Prize Laureate 2018
Technion

Adi Salomon

light matter interaction at the nanoscale

Energy transfer processes between light and molecules and among molecules themselves play important roles in nature, with photosynthesis probably being the best-known example. In my laboratory at the Bar-Ilan Nanocenter, we study such light-matter interactions at the nanoscale, focusing on organic molecules. To do so, we use metallic nanostructures to concentrate the light energy. Surface-plasmons, light-driven, collective oscillations of the metal’s free electrons, allow tuning, enhancing and confining the electromagnetic field to a tiny, sub-wavelength volume. In this context, the overall goal of my wosrk is to modify molecules using plasmonic modes as a photonic environment, or even as a ‘photonic catalyst’.

Having this goal in mind, we have developed during the last four years metallic systems with unique properties. These systems are composed either of well-defined metallic nanostructures, or, more recently, of a large-scale nanoporous metallic network. Both of these systems are different from conventional plasmonic devices, and they are complementary to each other in many aspects. The nanofabricated surfaces we produce are like an artificial leaf, on which the light energy can be funneled to a desired ‘reaction center’. We use this confined light as a ‘photonic reagent’, which opens new photochemical reaction channels, or which modifies the potential energy barrier along a given reaction coordinate and thus enhances or inhibits a specific reaction channel. The idea here is to open new routes for photochemical reactions on surfaces by controlling the electromagnetic-field properties at the metal surface.

Ayelet Erez

Krill Prize Laureate 2018
Weismann Institute

Adi Salomon

light matter interaction at the nanoscale

Energy transfer processes between light and molecules and among molecules themselves play important roles in nature, with photosynthesis probably being the best-known example. In my laboratory at the Bar-Ilan Nanocenter, we study such light-matter interactions at the nanoscale, focusing on organic molecules. To do so, we use metallic nanostructures to concentrate the light energy. Surface-plasmons, light-driven, collective oscillations of the metal’s free electrons, allow tuning, enhancing and confining the electromagnetic field to a tiny, sub-wavelength volume. In this context, the overall goal of my wosrk is to modify molecules using plasmonic modes as a photonic environment, or even as a ‘photonic catalyst’.

Having this goal in mind, we have developed during the last four years metallic systems with unique properties. These systems are composed either of well-defined metallic nanostructures, or, more recently, of a large-scale nanoporous metallic network. Both of these systems are different from conventional plasmonic devices, and they are complementary to each other in many aspects. The nanofabricated surfaces we produce are like an artificial leaf, on which the light energy can be funneled to a desired ‘reaction center’. We use this confined light as a ‘photonic reagent’, which opens new photochemical reaction channels, or which modifies the potential energy barrier along a given reaction coordinate and thus enhances or inhibits a specific reaction channel. The idea here is to open new routes for photochemical reactions on surfaces by controlling the electromagnetic-field properties at the metal surface.

Adi Salomon

Krill Prize Laureate 2018
Bar-Ilan University

Adi Salomon

light matter interaction at the nanoscale

Energy transfer processes between light and molecules and among molecules themselves play important roles in nature, with photosynthesis probably being the best-known example. In my laboratory at the Bar-Ilan Nanocenter, we study such light-matter interactions at the nanoscale, focusing on organic molecules. To do so, we use metallic nanostructures to concentrate the light energy. Surface-plasmons, light-driven, collective oscillations of the metal’s free electrons, allow tuning, enhancing and confining the electromagnetic field to a tiny, sub-wavelength volume. In this context, the overall goal of my wosrk is to modify molecules using plasmonic modes as a photonic environment, or even as a ‘photonic catalyst’.

Having this goal in mind, we have developed during the last four years metallic systems with unique properties. These systems are composed either of well-defined metallic nanostructures, or, more recently, of a large-scale nanoporous metallic network. Both of these systems are different from conventional plasmonic devices, and they are complementary to each other in many aspects. The nanofabricated surfaces we produce are like an artificial leaf, on which the light energy can be funneled to a desired ‘reaction center’. We use this confined light as a ‘photonic reagent’, which opens new photochemical reaction channels, or which modifies the potential energy barrier along a given reaction coordinate and thus enhances or inhibits a specific reaction channel. The idea here is to open new routes for photochemical reactions on surfaces by controlling the electromagnetic-field properties at the metal surface.

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