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Jeremy Baumberg

Professor Jeremy Baumberg FRS


Elected: 2011


Jeremy Baumberg is a multidisciplinary physicist whose research sits across the fields of nanoscience and nanotechnology. Jeremy is specifically interested in the development of nanostructured optical materials that undergo unusual interactions with light, and his research has various commercial applications.

His early work led to the development of a number of pioneering experimental techniques. Highlights of Jeremy’s research include his work on confining light to the nanoscale and plasmonic interactions with metals; the ultrafast dynamics of magnetic semiconductors, which made a significant contribution to the area of spintronics; work on coherent control in solids; and studies of semiconductor microcavities.

Jeremy has received many awards in recognition of his work, including the Royal Society’s Mullard Award in 2004 and Rumford Medal in 2014, and the Young Medal and Prize of the Institute of Physics in 2013. In addition to being a Fellow of the Society, he has been elected to the membership of the Institute of Nanotechnology, the Institute of Physics and the Optical Society of America.

Professional positions

Director of the Nanophotonics Centre, Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge
Director of EPSRC Nano Doctoral Training Centre, University of Cambridge

Interests and expertise

Subject groups


Metamaterials, plasmonics


  • Royal Society Mullard Award

    For his work on the properties of meso- and nano-scale physics and technology and his contributions to the national prosperity of the UK through the spin out company Mesophotonics Ltd.

  • Rumford Medal

    For his outstanding creativity in nanophotonics, investigating many ingenious nanostructures, both artificial and natural to support novel plasmonic phenomena relevant to Raman spectroscopy, solar cell performance and meta-materials applications.