• IV International Conference on Metamaterials and Nanophotonics

    METANANO 2019

    15 - 19 July 2019
    St. Petersburg, Russia

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General information

St. Petersburg is the second motherland of METANANO conference series (the first one is Cuba). This year we are glad to welcome you at our home on July 15-19, 2018. We aim to show you a different side of St. Petersburg, a city basking in the legacy of the FIFA 2018 World Cup and which not only boasts bridges and golden palaces but also breathtaking lakes and cliffs.
METANANO is attracting more and more participants every year from different scientific fields – from fundamental research in Photonics and Plasmonics to business-oriented projects in RF technologies, Bionanotechnologies and Solar Energy. Leading scientists, young researchers and industrial representatives come to network, generate new ideas and meet potential collaborators.
The conference is organized by the Research Center of Nanophotonics and Metamaterials of ITMO University and supported by the Mediterranean Institute of Fundamental Physics. Save the date and join us in St. Petersburg!

Proceedings publication

All submitted papers (3-4 pages in length) will be reviewed by at least two independent reviewers. The reviewers are encouraged to give constructive comments and suggestions to the authors. The authors of accepted papers will receive the review comments and recommendations and will have a possibility to amend their papers based on the review comments and suggestions and upload the revised versions before May 31, 2019.
The final versions of the Conference Proceedings will be published in IOP Journal of Physics: Conference Series and indexed in Scopus and WoS. The following downloadable packages contain the IOP Conference Proceedings templates together with the additional documents you may need. It also contains detailed advice on preparing your paper, including examples showing how to prepare and style references.
Note that for Invited, Keynote and Plenary speakers short abstracts (~250 words) are acceptable.
Please upload the revised version of your manuscript before May 31, 2019 through a personal page at the Conference website.
We remind you that publication of the papers in the peer-reviewed IOP Conference Proceedings is possible only after the payment of the conference registration fee. Please note that manuscript should comply with the official IOP template.

Proceedings templates

These are the standard IOP templates. Please note that we ask all authors to prepare their article in single-column format only.

Submission of conference papers

Please use Microsoft word or LaTeX templates. Paper length should be 3-4 pages.

Conference Format

All contributions will be reviewed for technical merit and content on the basis of the conference papers submitted by the authors.


All contributions should be presented in English that is the official language of the Conference. No simultaneous translation services will be provided.


  • Plasmonics and Nanophotonics
  • Quantum Photonics
  • Photonic Crystals
  • Bionanophotonics
  • Nanomaterials and Nanoengineering
  • Metasurfaces and their applications
  • Nonlinear Optics
  • Physics of Excitons
  • Nanoantennas and Nanocircuits
  • Solar Energy
  • THz Technologies
  • Imaging and Sensing
  • Acoustic and Elastic Metamaterials
  • Microwave and Optical Metamaterials
  • Emerging Applications
  • Medical Applications

General Plenary session speakers

Broad Theme Plenary session speakers

Keynote speakers



A symposium bioMETANANO is devoted to the recent progress of biomedical research in the area of imaging and nanotechnologies. The symposium welcomes researchers from several fast evolving fields related to (bio)medicine, such as magnetic resonance imaging and beyond, drug delivery, advanced contrast agents, synthesis of biocompatible platforms for imaging and sensing. Multifunctional nanomaterials are promising platforms for the targeted drug delivery: the future "hope" of medicine. Magnetic resonance imaging is a minimally invasive, safe and capable to visualize anatomy, functionality and chemical content in vivo. This makes it an effective tool to observe biodistribution of the nanomaterials for thera- and diagnostics. The reports on the most innovative developments in the areas of magnetic resonance imaging and bionanotechnology will be highlighted in this symposium.


Organizers: Stephan Reitzenstein & Alexey Akimov & Elizaveta Semenova & Dmitry Zuev
Secretary of the QuantuMetanano: Vitaly Yaroshenko

Photonic quantum technology is an exciting and emerging field which is predominantly based on the unique properties provided by quantum mechanics, superposition and entanglement. Compared to respective classical approaches, quantum technologies not only have the potential to considerably enhance computational power, communication security, but also can be applied in interdisciplinary research including bio-marking, sensing, thermometry, etc. The Symposium provides a platform for discussion of recent progress in development, experimental realization, application of single photon sources and creation of collaboration for scientist from all over the world. As well symposium covers theoretical and experimental research in the following and related topics such as:
- advances in nanofabrication and circuit integration
- diamond nanophotonics
- new materials and concepts for quantum photonics
- control of quantum emitters and lifetime engineering
- quantum nonlinear phenomena
- quantum nanophotonics for biology applications
- quantum photonic devices for simulations, sensing, and communication
- quantum communications, networks and metrology
- novel quantum technologies

Special Sessions

To enhance the impact of the METANANO conference series, researchers within the scope of the conference are invited to suggest Special Sessions. Proposals should be completed by using this template. Please submit your proposal to the TPC Chair Prof. Mikhail Limonov (CC to the Conference Secretary Ms. Anastasia Kaptsova) no later than 16 December 2018. Each proposal should include the following information:
1. Title of the special session
2. Brief description of the topic
3. Explanation of the relevance of the topic as a Special session
4. Full name, position and affiliation of the Special session's organizers
5. List of proposed speakers

All proposals will be reviewed by the Technical Program Committee (TPC). The TPC will score and rank submitted proposals based on scientific quality, timeliness, and interest from the conference community. The session organizers will have an authority for accepting papers for their session which will not be a subject to a regular review cycle. It is expected that there will be one to three slots of 110 minutes in duration. Each slot can accommodate three to six 15 (oral) - 20 (invited) - 30 (keynote) minute talks. Special Sessions will be scheduled at different slots over the conference period.
Proposers will be informed about the TPC decision one week after proposal's submission.

1. Advanced Optical and Optoelectronic Materials

Advanced Optical and Optoelectronic Materials play a vital role in our lives because of its uniqueness in properties and extended application in various industries. These are the basis of modern science and technology. Indeed, they are at the heart of many technological developments that touch our lives and find applications such as electronic materials for communication and information technology, biomaterials for better health care, sensors for intelligent environment, energy materials for renewable energy and environment, light alloys for better transportation, materials for strategic applications and more. This Special Session aims to provide a platform for discussions between specialists in halide perovskites, carbon nanomaterials, quantum dots, and nanowires, which are developing new optoelectronic devices or novel photonic designs.

2. Optomechanics and Optical Manipulation

2018 year Nobel Prize awarded in part to prof. Arthur Ashkin confirmed the great importance of optical forces for a modern research. The ability to manipulate small objects with focused laser beams has opened a venue for investigating dynamical phenomena relevant to both fundamental and applied science. Artificial optically bound structures, cooling atoms, "tractor beams", single cells and viruses manipulation - are among the highly demanded applications of optical forces. In this section, we are aimed to gather front-line high-level results on nano- and microparticles manipulation and transport.

3. Anapole and Toroidal NanoPhotonics

All-dielectric nanophotonics is a rapidly developing area of research due to the possibility to control and manipulate light scattering by high-index semiconductor nanoparticles. Mature fabrication techniques, developed for silicon technologies, enable realization of ambitious proposals that continue promoting the field. It opens a vast room of opportunities for designing novel types of nanoscale elements and devices, and paves a way to advanced technologies of light energy manipulation. In particular, progress in all-dielectric metasurfaces and nanoantennas promises replacing conventional bulky optical elements with nanometer-scale structures. One of the exciting and promising prospects is associated with the utilizing new types of excitation, such as magnetic and toroidal modes, associated anapole states, ultrahigh-Q resonant modes, which can boost and enhance both linear and nonlinear responses. Therefore, this section is to bring together the up-to-date research on this topic from all over the world.

4. NanoPhoNonics and Acoustic Metamaterials

Organizers: Samuel Raetz & Andrey Akimov

The Session on NanoPhoNonics and Acoustic Metamaterials is aiming to bring together the researchers who are involved in the studies of vibrations in nanostructures including nanoparticles, biological nanoobjects (e.g. single cells), two-dimensional layers (e.g. graphene), and complex electronic and optical nanodevices, as well as those involved in the studies of elastic/acoustic waves in metamaterials including hot-topics such as bio-inspired metamaterials, acoustic energy harvesting, tunable acoustic perfect absorbers, acoustic diode, and slow sound. The main goals of the session are to promote the recent breakthrough and hot-topics between these two communities and, more broadly, to share them with the Photonics and Plasmonics community as electromagnetic and acoustic/elastic waves are part of the same research field of wave physics. Inspiring new ideas fed by this gathering would be a great success for the session. The specific fields presented in the proposed session include: coherent phonons and picosecond acoustics; nanomechanics and optomechanics; quantum phononics and interaction of phonons with photons; magneto-acoustics; phononic crystals; acoustic perfect absorption or transmission; nonreciprocal acoustic transmission; metasurfaces; bio-inspired metamaterials; etc. The session will include two slots, one keynote lecture and 5 invited talks. The topics of the Session could be also interesting for the researchers working in the field of nanophotonics, nanoengineering, microwave metamaterials, plasmonics, and medical applications.

5. Superconducting and Quantum Metamaterials

Over the past few years, tremendous progress has been made with manipulation of mesoscopic-scale quantum coherent objects, particularly superconducting qubits. These meta-atoms can be prepared in a specific quantum state, precisely manipulated with microwave signals, and their quantum evolution can be quantified through quantum state tomography. Single microwave photons can controllably interact with these quantum objects. Individual photons can be detected, and the quantum statistical properties of the light can be thoroughly characterized. Measurements of such individual meta-atoms have demonstrated many of the properties observed with natural atoms, including e.g. electromagnetically-induced transparency, facilitated by their enormous dipole moments and coupling strengths, as compared to natural atoms. The next level of investigation is to bring collections of these superconducting meta-atoms together to form a new type of quantum condensed matter that we call quantum metamaterials.

6. Perovskite Nanostructures for Optical Applications

Halide perovskite 0D quantum dots, 2D platelets, and 1D nanowires have recently emerged as promising materials not only for photovoltaics and optoelectronics, but for a number of advanced photonic applications. Recent studies of optical properties of halide perovskites suggest many opportunities for a design of nanophotonic devices due to their low-cost fabrication, relatively high values of the refractive index, existence of excitons at room temperatures, broadband bandgap tunability, high optical gain, and strong nonlinear response, as well as the simplicity of their integration with other types of optical and electronic structures. This Special Section provides a platform for researchers to discuss the recent progress in the studies of optical effects originating from nanostructured perovskites.

7. Topological States of Light, Sound and Polaritons

Topological states of light, sound and polaritons offer a vast range of intriguing possibilities including disorder-robust backscattering-immune wave propagation which can be utilized in the new generation of meta-devices. In this session we aim to cover the state-of-the-art research in this area from the fundamental studies to emerging applications highlighting such new trends as nonlinear topological photonics and topological states of quantum light.

8. Antenna and RF Applications of Metamaterials

Every year the research on metamaterials offers new fascinating opportunities of handling electromagnetic fields. Metamaterials today are not just a concept, but a powerful tool of developing new antennas, RF systems, microwave devices and components. At this stage joint efforts of physicists and engineers worldwide are highly demanded for building a new metamaterial-inspired technology improving state of the art. Our session is a platform to share recent results and ideas on various applications of metamaterials in the RF.
The scope of the session covers but not limited to the following topics, where metamaterials, metasurfaces or metamaterial-like structures are the operational principle:
- antennas and antenna arrays;
- wireless power transfer;
- radiofrequency identification;
- passive and active microwave devices and components;
- electromagnetic compatibility;
- simulation and measurement techniques.

9. Graphene and 2D Materials

Special session on Graphene and 2D Materials will bring together leading academic scientists, researchers, and research scholars to share their experiences, the most recent results, and forthcoming challenges in the field of two-dimensional materials and van der Waals heterostructures. We aim to bring together experimentalists and theorists to review the current status of this burgeoning field, identify the crucial areas where progress can be made, and foster collaborations and partnerships to vigorously pursue these goals.
This technical session will cover a wide range of topics such as: fundamental properties (experiments, theory and simulations), synthesis/fabrication techniques and novel applications of 2D materials at the forefront of scientific knowledge (sensors, THz technologies, flexible electronics, energy harvesting and storage, biomedical, thermal management and other).

10. New Phenomena in Microwave Metamaterials

Microwaves provide the most advanced capabilities to study new and unusual wave phenomena in metamaterials and metasurfaces. In most of the cases, microwave experiments give the first experimental insight into newly discovered physics of such phenomena. This session will combine recent microwave experiments related to the cutting-edge research directions in photonic crystals, metamaterials and metasurfaces and related advanced experimental techniques.

11. Multifunction Nanomaterials and Nanoengeenering Processes

Many kinds of recently suggested nano-optic, nano-photonic, nano-plasmonic devices, metamaterials, metasurfaces and active quantum nano-systems consist of functional nano-objects. That is why the ability to manipulate at the nano-scale of such nano-objects, which can be parts of the mentioned above active quantum systems, nano-optic, nano-photonic and nano-plasmonic devices or structures is critical for the development of such systems, structures and devices. In this session the reports will present an alternative breakthrough technology of mechanical nano-assembly (MNA) within the framework of the bottom-up nanotechnology paradigm as well as nanoengineering approach to their construction. The reports describe the development of functional materials based nanotools for 3D micro- and nanomanipulation and experimental study of the processes of the mechanical nano-assembly of individual nano-objects into nano, then, -mezo, -micro and -macro-devices. This frontier nano-manipulation technology gives possibility not only produced individual nano-devices from individual multifunctional nano-objects, but also to provide the integration produced individual nano-devices with the standard element base of modern nano-optics, nano-photonics, nano-plasmonics, nanospintronics, nano-electronics, sensorics, etc.

Sponsors and Partners

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Registration to the conference

Please check the Important deadlines in order to be on time with your paper submission.


Type Early
(before May 10, 2019)
(from May 11, 2019)
Regular 400 EUR 500 EUR
Student 280 EUR 400 EUR

Important Dates

  • 16 December 2018 - Special Sessions Proposals Deadline
  • 17 February 2019 - Paper Submission Deadline
  • 31 March 2019 - Paper Acceptance Results
  • 15 April 2019 - Grant Application Deadline
  • 6 May 2019 - Grant Application Results
  • 31 May 2019 - Revised Paper Submission Deadline
  • 15 - 19 July 2019 - METANANO 2019 Conference

Social Program

Apart from a scientific program, the Organizing Committee arranges several social events in the evenings to enjoy the city and get to know each other.
First of all, we invite you to join us at the welcome reception on Monday evening after conference sessions to celebrate METANANO 2019 opening. On the following days we will go for a traditional bike ride (have a look at the video of METANANO 2018), play volleyball and visit local cultural and scientific sites.
The official conference program will end on Friday, July 19th with the closing ceremony in the late afternoon. After that there will be farewell Gala dinner.
Welcome reception and Gala dinner are included in the registration fee. If you wish to bring an accompanying person with you, you will need to pay the accompanying person registration fee. 

To take advantage of the location and to enjoy breathtaking nature surrounding St. Petersburg we are happy to invite you to participate in the excursions (additional fee needs to be paid).

Kizhi Island

Valaam Island

The island of wooden churches and houses built without using a single nail in the Lake Onega is a unique place; the whole island serves as an open-air museum of wooden architecture and cultural history of the Russian North and it's included to the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites. 2000 years ago two large and 50 smaller isles of Lake Ladoga, the largest lake in Europe, formed the Valaam Archipelago, most famous for its magnificent monastery which was founded in 992.
Learn more about Kizhi island here and watch the video here. Learn more about Valaam Island here.
Dates: 20-21 July, 2019 (Saturday and Sunday) Dates: 20 July, 2019 (Saturday)
Fee for two-day excursion (including tickets, accommodation and entrance to the museum): 15000 RUB (200 EUR) Fee for one-day excursion (including tickets and entrance to the museum): 7500 RUB (100 EUR)


Please note that we only consider visa invitation applications from those participants who have submitted their papers (paper upload) and have paid a registration fee.

A foreign citizen traveling to Russia should have a valid passport (expiry date should be no earlier than 6 months after the date of departure from Russia) and a visa (for almost all foreign visitors, please see the details below).
The deadline for the visa support from the conference organizers is May 31, 2019.

The visa application rules are different depending on the citizenship of the applicant:


For citizens of the following countries: Abkhazia, Azerbaijan, Argentina, Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Venezuela, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Colombia, Cuba, Moldova, Nicaragua, Peru, Serbia, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Uruguay, Montenegro, Chile, South Korea no visa is needed.
Nevertheless, we kindly ask you to contact the Organizing Committee to receive a letter from METANANO 2019 organizers confirming the purpose of your visit to Russia (you might be asked at the Russian customs).


Each participant will receive a visa invitation letter, in printable format, via e-mail if he/she ticks this option in the application form and fills in the the visa invitation letter application form (will be available after the results of acceptance are announced on March 31, 2019).
EU-citizens (except for citizens of the UK and Ireland) has to submit to a Russian Embassy or Consulate a visa invitation letter issued by ITMO University that takes about 5-10 working days to process.
NON-EU citizens (and citizens of the UK and Ireland) has to submit to a Russian Embassy or Consulate a visa invitation letter issued by the Ministry of Internal Affairs that takes about 25-30 working days to process.

If you require the original invitation to obtain the visa (e.g. citizens of China and Japan), we will be mailing it via courier post.

Please, apply for a visa as soon as possible after receiving the invitation letter to ensure that the visa is issued timely and also check that you have a valid medical insurance.

NECESSARY DATA FOR VISA APPLICATION (Required during visa application at the local Russian embassy)

Name of the organization: ITMO University

Address: 49 Kronverksky pr., St.Petersburg, 197101, Russia

TIN: 7813045547

Previous editions of METANANO



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