Principal Investigator and Lab Director, Behrad Gholipour is Assistant Professor of Photonics at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, University of Alberta, Canada. He is an expert in chalcogenide semiconductors, multimaterial optical fibres, high throughput material discovery and all-dielectric as well as plasmonic metamaterials. In all the above cases, he is most interested in light-matter interaction with a particular focus on optoelectronic switching phenomena as well as laser, plasma and thermal based fabrication techniques for reconfigurable nanoscale optics applications.
He has pioneered ground breaking new techniques and technologies which are being pursued by a range of researchers around the world. Most notably he is known for the first all-optical phase change meta-switch, chalcogenide photonic synapse, lithography assisted fibre drawing and colour tunable perovskite metasurfaces.
His work has resulted in >100 peer reviewed journal and conference publications including notable publications in Science, Nature Materials, Nature Photonics, Nature Communications and Advanced Materials journals (See more >>). He is a referee for >10 leading publications in optoelectronics, material science and physics.
His main current activities lie in the area of reconfigurable nanophotonic devices in particular planar and optical fibre-integrated chalcogenide plasmonic and all-dielectric metasurfaces, phase change materials and devices, topological insulators, plasmonic and photonic multimaterial fibers including soft glass and plasmonic metal cored fibers, combinatorial high-throughput material discovery as well as neuromorphic optics. See more >>
Science, issue 6462 (2019)
Reconfigurable ultraviolet and high-energy visible dielectric metamaterials
B. Gholipour, D. Piccinotti, A. Karvounis, K. F. MacDonald , N. I. Zheludev.
Nano Letters, issue 19 (2019)
D. Piccinotti, B. Gholipour, J. Yao, K. F. MacDonald, B. Hayden, N. I. Zheludev.
Advanced Materials, issue 31 (2019)
Phase-change driven dielectric-plasmonic transitions in chalcogenide metasurfaces
B. Gholipour, A. Karvounis, J. Yin, C. Soci, K. F. MacDonald , N. I. Zheludev.
Nature Asia Materials, issue 10 (2018)
B. Gholipour, G. Adamo, D. Cortecchia, H. N. S. Krishnamoorthy, M. D. Birowosuto, N. I. Zheludev, C. Soci
Advanced Materials, issue 9 (2017)
B. Gholipour, P. Bastock, L. Cui, C. Craig, K. Khan, D. Hewak, C. Soci
Nature: Scientific Reports, Vol.6(35409) pp.1-8 (2016)
Q. Wang, E. Rogers, B. Gholipour, C. H. Wang, G. H. Yuan, J. H. Teng, N. I. Zheludev
Nature Photonics, Vol.10 pp.60-65 (2016)
B. Gholipour, P. Bastock, C. Craig, K. Khan, D. Hewak, C. Soci
Advanced Optical Materials, Vol.3(5) pp.635-641 (2015)
M. A. Hughes, Y. Fedorenko, B. Gholipour, J. Yao, T. H. Lee, R. M. Gwilliam, K. P. Homewood, S. Hinder, D. W. Hewak, S. R. Elliott, R. J. Curry
Nature Communications, Vol.5 pp.5346 (2014)
B. Gholipour, J. Zhang, K.F. Macdonald, D.W. Hewak and N. I. Zheludev, Advanced Materials, Vol.25, pp.3050-3054 (2013)
D. W. Hewak and B. Gholipour
Science, Vol.336, pp.1515–1516 (2012)
J. Orava, A. L. Greer, B. Gholipour, D. W. Hewak and C. E. Smith
Nature Materials, Vol.11, pp.279–283 (2012)
Assistant Professor of Photonics, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Alberta, Canada (2019-Present)
Visitor, Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton (UoS), 2015.
Project Leader, "Fiber drawing nanomanufacturing", Centre For Disruptive Photonic Technologies (CDPT), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, working with Prof Cesare Soci. (2013-2016)
Research Fellow, "Ion implantation into amorphous semiconductors", ORC, UoS, UK (2012-2013)
PhD in Optoelectronics, Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC), University of Southampton, UK, 2009-2012
Thesis: “Novel Chalcogenide Optoelectronic and Nanophotonic Information processing devices” Supervisor : Prof Dan Hewak.
MSc in Nanoelectronics (With Distinction), Electronics and Computer Science Department, UoS, 2009
Thesis: Autonomous propulsion of multi walled carbon nanotubes using enzymatic functionalisation for directed drug delivery
Bachelor of Engineering (BEng with Hons), in Electronics. Electronics and Computer Science Department, UoS, 2005-2008
Dissertation: Feasibility study and Prototyping wireless sensor networks for the purpose of specific environmental sensing of variables inside continental oil pipelines.
Centre for Photonic Metamaterials
Supervision and Management
Supervisor of MSc Nanophotonics student (Mr Yunhui Xie) - 2017.
Supervisor of 3rd year undergraduate photonics project (Mr Junn Yaw Ong) - 2013.
Supervisor of group undergraduate software programming project - 2011.
ORC Nanoprobe facilities manager.
Teaching assistant for the Electronics UG course, UoS
Regular courses (typically 4 times a year) on RF Sputtering growth of complex alloys
Regular courses (typically 2 times a year) on Atomic force microscopy (AFM)
Shortlisted for University of Southampton Vice-Chancellors award for contributions to the
university as an early career researcher (2017).
Paper "Organometallic perovskite metasurfaces", chosen as back cover of Advanced Materials
Paper “All-dielectric phase change metasurface”, chosen as Editos Pick in Appled Physics
Letters journal. Also widely covered in other sources including Physics World (2016).
Paper “Amorphous metal sulphide microfibers enable photonic synapses” selected as
Frontispeice cover of Advanced Optical Materials and selected as “Best of 2015” in the
Prestigious UK Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council ICT Pioneer Award Winner, 2011.
Invited to present my work at the UK Times Cheltenham International Science Festival, 2011. (one
of only 3 PhD students nationwide).
Winner of Second Year PhD Talks, ORC, University of Southampton, 2011.
Shortlisted for Set for Britain Young Scientist Award (now called STEM for Britain) in Physics and
University of Southampton ECS Academic Excellence and Achievement Award, 2006.
Editorial Board Member: Institute of Physics (IOP) Journal of Optics.
Program Committee Member: SPIE Nanoscience - Metamaterials & Metadevices 2019.
Journal Referee: Advanced Materials, ACS Nano, Nature Communications, Nature Scientific reports, Optical materials express, Journal of Applied Physics D: Applied Physics, Journal of Alloys and Compounds, Optics express, IEEE Photonic Technology Letters, Applied Optics, Materials Research Express, Journal of lightwave technologies amongst others.
Nanofabrication and Optoelectronic related consultancy work for various companies and research institutions in the UK.