Nikolay Zheludev

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Nikolay Zheludev

Nikolay I. Zheludev

(1955-04-23) April 23, 1955 (age 64)
Alma materMoscow State University
Spouse(s)Tanya Nousinova
AwardsYoung Medal and Prize (2015)
Scientific career
Nonlinear Optics
InstitutionsUniversity of Southampton
Nanyang Technological University
Moscow State University
Doctoral advisorsA. I. Kovrigin (PhD 1981)
S. A. Akhmanov (DSc 1992)

Nikolay Zheludev FRS (born 23 April 1955) is a British scientist specializing in nanophotonics,[2] metamaterials,[3] nanotechnology,[4] electrodynamics,[5] and nonlinear optics.[6] Nikolay Zheludev is one of the founding members of the closely interlinked fields of metamaterials and nanophotonics that emerged at the dawn of the 21st century on the crossroads of optics and nanotechnology. Nikolay’s work focus on developing new concepts in which nanoscale structuring of matter enhance and radically change its optical properties.[7]

Career and research[edit]

Nikolay Zheludev at the Royal Society admissions day in London, July 2018

Zheludev started his academic career at the International Laser Centre at Moscow State University, where he also obtained MSc, PhD and DSc.[8] He moved to the UK in 1991, becoming in 2007 the Director of the Centre for Photonic Metamaterials and Deputy Director of the Optoelectronics Research Centre of the University of Southampton,[9] one of the world’s leading institutes for photonics research and the largest photonics group in the UK.

Nikolay also works in Singapore, where since 2012 he has founded and directed the Centre for Disruptive Photonic Technologies at Nanyang Technological University.[8] Since 2014 he has been the founding Co-Director of The Photonics Institute, Singapore,[10] Asia leading research organization uniting 250 faculty and researches working in photonics.

Zheludev has led some major multi-million research programmes in the UK and Singapore including UK EPSRC NanoPhotonics Portfolio Partnership (2004-2009), Basic Technology Programme “Nanoscope” (2008-2013),[11] Programme on “Nanostructured Photonic Metamaterials” (2010-2016), Programme on “The Physics and Technology of Photonic Metadevices and Metasystems” (2015-2021),[11] the Singapore Ministry of Education Tier 3 Programmes on “Disruptive Photonic Technologies” (2012-2017) and “Quantum and Topological Nanophotonics” (2016-2022).[12]

He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Optics[13] and an Advisory Board Member for Nanophotonics, ACS Photonics, and Nature Publishing Group Scientific Reports. In 2007, he established the European Physical Society international biennial meeting for nanophotonics and metamaterials, the NANOMETA conference.[14]

Awards and honours[edit]

Zheludev was awarded the Young Medal and Prize in 2015 for “Global Leadership and Pioneering, Seminal Work in Optical Metamaterials and Nanophotonics”.[15] He has also been awarded the Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship (2000);[16] Senior Research Professorship of the EPSRC (2002); and The Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award & Fellowship (2009).[17] He is a Fellow of the European Physical Society (EPS),[18] The Optical Society (OSA),[19] The Institute of Physics (IOP) and the American Physical Society (APS).[20]

In 2018 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society,[7] a fellowship of many of the world's most eminent scientists and the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence. In 2019 he was elected as a foreign member of the United States of America National Academy of Engineering.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Nikolay was born in Moscow, Russia. His father physicist and crystallographer Prof. Ivan S. Zheludev worked at the Institute of Crystallography Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia and combined his academic work with the post of the Deputy Director General of International Atomic Energy Agency, Austria, Vienna. His mother Dr. Galina Zheludeva was a faculty at Moscow State University. Nikolay’s sister, Prof. Svetlana Zheludeva worked at the Russian Academy of Sciences and his brother Andrey is Professor at ETH Zurich. Nikolay is married to linguist Tanya Nousinova, daughter of playwright Ilya Nousinov. They have two sons, Ilya and Ivan.


  1. ^ "Ivan". Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  2. ^ Rogers, Edward T. F.; Lindberg, Jari; Roy, Tapashree; Savo, Salvatore; Chad, John E.; Dennis, Mark R.; Zheludev, Nikolay I. (2012). "A super-oscillatory lens optical microscope for subwavelength imaging". Nature Materials. Nature Publishing Group. 11 (5): 432–435. Bibcode:2012NatMa..11..432R. doi:10.1038/nmat3280. ISSN 1476-1122. PMID 22447113.
  3. ^ Zheludev, Nikolay I.; Kivshar, Yuri S. (2012). "From metamaterials to metadevices". Nature Materials. Nature Publishing Group. 11 (11): 917–924. Bibcode:2012NatMa..11..917Z. doi:10.1038/nmat3431. ISSN 1476-1122. PMID 23089997.
  4. ^ Zheludev, Nikolay I.; Plum, Eric (2016). "Reconfigurable nanomechanical photonics metamaterials" (PDF). Nature Nanotechnology. Nature Publishing Group. 11 (1): 16–22. Bibcode:2016NatNa..11...16Z. doi:10.1038/nnano.2015.302. ISSN 1748-3387. PMID 26740040.
  5. ^ Papasimakis, Nikitas; Fedotov, Vassili A.; Raybould, Timothy A.; Zheludev, Nikolay I. (2016). "Electromagnetic toroidal excitations in matter and free space" (PDF). Nature Materials. Nature Publishing Group. 15 (3): 263–271. Bibcode:2016NatMa..15..263P. doi:10.1038/nmat4563. PMID 26906961.
  6. ^ Svirko, Yu.; Zheludev, Nikolay (1998). Polarization of Light in Nonlinear Optics. Wiley. ISBN 0471976407.
  7. ^ a b "Nikolai Zheludev - Royal Society".
  8. ^ a b "Prof Nikolay Zheludev". Nanyang Technological University. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  9. ^ "ORC Nanophotonics and Metamaterials Research Group". Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  10. ^ "The Photonics Institute, Nanyang Technological University". Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  11. ^ a b "Nikolay Zheludev". GtR. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  12. ^ "Quantum and Topological Nanophotonics (2017)". Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  13. ^ "Professor Nikolay Zheludev announced as New Editor-in-Chief for top IOP Journal". 27 January 2009. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  14. ^ Gevaux, David (2007). "View from...NANOMETA-2007: Big minds think small". Nature Photonics. Nature Publishing Group. 1 (3): 141–142. Bibcode:2007NaPho...1..141G. doi:10.1038/nphoton.2007.10. ISSN 1749-4885.
  15. ^ "2015 Young Medal and Prize". Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  16. ^ "Southampton University Research Awards, 2nd Quarter 2000". Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  17. ^ "Nikolay Zheludev". The Royal Society. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  18. ^ "EPS List of Fellows". Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  19. ^ "OSA Fellows, 2005". Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  20. ^ "APS Fellow Archive". American Physical Society. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  21. ^ "Nanophotonics pioneer Nikolay Zheludev elected to the United States National Academy of Engineering". 5 March 2019. Retrieved 18 August 2019.

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