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Department of Physics

The Cavendish Laboratory


Jeremy Baumberg is a leader in nanoscience and nanotechnology, working for much of his career at the interface between academia and industry. He has led interdisciplinary nano-centres at the Universities of Cambridge and Southampton, and developed novel devices within Hitachi, IBM, his spin-offs Mesophotonics and Base4. He is widely recognised as a leading innovator in Nano, with most recent awards being the Institute of Physics Faraday Medal (2017), Royal Society Rumford Medal (2014), Institute of Physics Young Medal (2013), Royal Society Fellowship (2011) and Royal Society Mullard Prize (2005). He is an advisor for ARIA and a member of the EPSRC Council.



I am interested in constructing nano-materials with unusual interactions with light, especially ones that can be fabricated on a large scale which can lead to practical use. I have developed a range of unusual nanophotonics including kilometre-scale polymer opals, and am exploring what happens when we confine light to 1nm volumes or below, for probing single molecules and reactions. I have also explored how coherent and quantum properties can be manipulated by nano-structuring semiconductors, producing unusual condensates which can work at room temperature.


Key publications: 

For complete list of publications:

Nature Comm 11, 682 (2019); Flickering nm-scale disorder in a crystal lattice tracked by plasmonic flare light emission,
C Carnegie, .., JJ Baumberg, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-14150-w

Nature Materials 18, 668 (2019); Extreme nanophotonics from ultrathin metallic gaps, 
JJ Baumberg et al, DOI: 10.1038/s41563-019-0290-y

Science 354, 726 (2016); Single-molecule optomechanics in picocavities,
F Benz, .., JJ Baumberg, DOI: 10.1126/science.aah5243

Nature Materials 15, 1074 (2016); A sub-fJ electrical spin-switch …,
A Dreismann, .., JJ Baumberg, DOI 10.1038/NMAT4722

PNAS 113, 5503 (2016); Light-induced actuating nanotransducers,
T Ding, .., JJ Baumberg, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1524209113  

Nature Comm. 7, 11495 (2016); Quantum .. effects in plasmonic structures ..,
W Zhu, .. JJ Baumberg, .., DOI 10.1038/ncomms11495

Nature 535, 127 (2016); “Single-molecule strong coupling at room temperature ..,
R Chikkaraddy, .. JJ Baumberg,  DOI 10.1038/nature17974

Nature Comm. 7, 11661 (2016); Large-scale ordering of nanoparticles ..,
Q Zhao, .., JJ Baumberg,  DOI 10.1038/ncomms11661

Nature Comm 5, 4568 (2014); Threading plasmonic NP strings with light,
LO Herrmann, .., JJ Baumberg,  DOI: 10.1038/ncomms5568 

Nature Comm. 5, 3448 (2014); DNA origami based assembly of gold NP dimers ..,
VV Thacker, ..,  JJ Baumberg, UF Keyser, DOI 10.1038/ncomms4448 

Nature Phys.  8, 190 (2012); Sculpting oscillators with light within..,
G Tosi, .., JJ Baumberg,  DOI: 10.1038/NPHYS2182   

Nature  491, 574 (2012); Revealing the Quantum Regime in Tunneling ..,
KJ Savage, .., JJ Baumberg,  DOI:10.1038/nature11653

Professor of Nanophotonics
Director of the Nanophotonics Centre
Director of the Nano Doctoral Training Centre (NanoDTC)
Fellow of Jesus College
Professor Jeremy J Baumberg

Contact Details

Email address: 
NanoPhotonics Centre,
Bragg/Kapitza buildings,
Cavendish Laboratory,
JJ Thomson Avenue
+44 (0)1223 337441


Person keywords: 
Quantum Devices and Measurements
Experimental condensed matter physics
Soft Condensed Matter
Energy Materials
Nanoscience at Surfaces