• IV International Conference on Metamaterials and Nanophotonics

    METANANO 2019

    15 - 19 July 2019
    St. Petersburg, Russia

    1st Call for papers (pdf)

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!


  • 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

Plenary speakers

Keynote speakers

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.



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.

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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

Previous editions of METANANO



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Contact info

Email: metanano@metalab.ifmo.ru

199034, Russia, Saint Petersburg, Birjevaja line V.O., 14

Telephone: +7 812 457 17 85

Metamaterials and Nanophotonics Department