Prof. A. Polman has been named Professor of Photonic Materials in the Faculty of Science at the University of Amsterdam.
Prof. A. Polman (1961) has been named Professor of Photonic Materials in the Faculty of Science at the University of Amsterdam.
Albert Polman is a pioneer in the field of nanophotonics, which focuses on the manipulation, understanding and application of light at nanometer scale. In 2005 he founded the Center for Nanophotonics at the FOM Institute AMOLF, which now enjoys a worldwide reputation. AMOLF recently instigated a major solar-cell research programme under his direction. As a professor at the University of Amsterdam, Polman will contribute to the Master’s programme on Advanced Materials and Energy Physics.
Polman completed his PhD in 1989 at Utrecht University with a study on the phase behaviour of silicon, and worked as a postdoc from 1989 to 1991 at AT&T Bell Laboratories in the United States. He has been working as a group leader at the FOM Institute AMOLF at the Science Park Amsterdam since 1991, and has been the director of the institute since 2006.
Polman worked as a Professor by Special Appointment at Utrecht University from 1996 to 2011. In 2010 he received an ERC Advanced Grant for his research on optical metamaterials. Polman is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), and a Fellow of the Materials Research Society. He has more than 200 publications and ten patent applications to his name.