Dr. A.F Koenderink (1976) has been appointed professor by special appointment of Atomic and Molecular Physics at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Science. The chair was designated on behalf of the Foundation for the Advancement of Atomic and Molecular Physics ('Stichting ter bevordering van de Atoom- en Molecuulfysica').
Femius Koenderink conducts research into the manipulation of light in ultra-small structures at the nanoscale. He is fascinated by the question of how a beam consisting of a single photon can be manipulated so that it will, with certainty, interact with a single atom or molecule. Atoms and molecules are normally very inefficient transmitters and receivers. Koenderink builds nanoscale metal antennas which enable molecules to send and receive single photons directed into narrow beams. This research focuses on future quantum computers and information technology based on light, but is also important for other important applications such as better LEDs, solar cells and microscopy techniques. The appointment of Koenderink lays a foundation for further cooperation between the Center for Nanophotonics at the FOM Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics (AMOLF) and the Van der Waals-Zeeman Institute at the UvA’s Institute of Physics.
Koenderink obtained his PhD (cum laude) in 2003 at the UvA with research on photonic crystals. He continued this study at ETH Zurich, an engineering, science, technology, mathematics and management university. Koenderink has been connected with AMOLF in Amsterdam since 2005. He began as a postdoctoral researcher and later set up the research group ‘Resonant Nanophotonics'. In 2011, Koenderink was elected a member of the Young Academy of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). He received a Vidi grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) in 2009, having received a Veni grant from the NWO three years earlier.