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Controlling light at the nanoscale is both fascinating and practical.

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The goal of Curto's research is to find new and improved ways of making light interact with very small matter such as molecules. He is developing semiconductor nanophotonics for sensing, imaging, and spectroscopy. His current research interests span from the optics and optoelectronics of atomically thin semiconductors to chirality in nano-optics.

Before launching his research lab in Eindhoven, Curto was a postdoctoral Marie Curie fellow at Stanford University in the United States working on metal and semiconductor nano-optics and on layered 2D semiconductors. His PhD research at ICFO focused on nano-antennas as optical elements for enhanced interaction of light with nanoscale matter. 

Curto is the recipient of an NWO START-UP Grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (2018) and an ERC Starting Grant from the European Research Council (2020). In 2021 he was designated as OSA Senior Member of the Optical Society.

For more information, visit https://nano-optics.be/

Academic background

Alberto G. Curto obtained his BSc in Physics from the University of Salamanca (Spain) in 2007. Between 2008 and 2013, he worked towards his MSc and PhD in Photonics from ICFO, the Institute of Photonic Sciences in Barcelona. Curto worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University (USA) from 2013 to 2016. He was appointed Assistant Professor at Eindhoven University of Technology in 2016. 

Education/Academic qualification

PhD in Photonics, ICFO - The Institute of Photonic Sciences


Master in Photonics, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya


Degree in Physics, Universidad de Salamanca



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