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VI International Conference on Metamaterials and Nanophotonics


Conference format

The conference is planned to be held in the warm and welcoming city of Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia. We understand that the situation in the world is still quite uncertain and no one can predict how it will evolve, but in any case, the conference will be held — either in a hybrid format or online.    

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TBILISI, GEORGIA | 13 - 17 September, 2021


General information

For the last several years the METANANO conference has acquired a strong reputation among the scientists and 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.
The conference is organized by the Department of Physics and Engineering of ITMO University and supported by the Mediterranean Institute of Fundamental Physics.

The conference is planned to be held in the warm and welcoming city of Tbilisi, the capital of the Republic of Georgia. Being located at the southern foothills of the Caucasus mountains, this city has 1500 years of marvelous history and is well known for its hospitality, deep traditions, as well as for strong food culture. We understand that the situation in the world is still quite uncertain and no one can predict how it will evolve, but in any case, the conference will be held — either in a hybrid format or online. Save the date and see you in Tbilisi! 

METANANO Organizing Committee is committed to enhancing diversity and promoting equality of opportunities among the speakers, session chairs, participants, organizers and committees, and to support and promote a culture that actively values difference and recognizes that people from different backgrounds and experiences can bring valuable insights to the event.
We aim to be an inclusive conference, committed to providing equal opportunities to the researchers of all backgrounds and career stages working in our field and allowing people to participate meaningfully in the event, actively engage in discussions and feel included in both the scientific program and social activities. You can find the METANANO Equality and Diversity Statement here.




Submission of conference paper

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.

Proceedings publication

To be considered for publication in the Conference Proceedings Volume (indexed in Scopus and WoS) the paper should comply with the following criteria:

  • In the application form please indicate that you would like your paper to be considered for publication.
  • Paper should be 3-4 pages long prepared using the template provided by the Publisher.
  • All submitted papers will be reviewed by at least two independent reviewers, who are encouraged to give constructive comments and suggestions to the authors. The authors of submitted 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. If both reviewers indicate that the paper can't be published then it will not be accepted for publication, however, the talk might be delivered at the Conference if the reviewers specify that in the review.
  • The publication of the papers in the Conference Proceedings is possible only in case the talk is presented at the Conference and the registration fee is paid.

For Invited, Keynote and Plenary speakers short abstracts (~250 words) are acceptable, however they are not considered for publication.




Quantum Photonics
Plasmonics and Nanophotonics
Photonic Crystals
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




‪Hatice Altug‬


Andrea Alù

CUNY Advanced Science Research Center

Manfred Bayer

TU Dortmund University

Jacqueline Bloch


‪Franco Nori‬


‪Teri W. Odom‬

Northwestern University

Hong Gyu Park

Korea University

Eugene Polzik

University of Copenhagen


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 by 25th December 2020 to Technical Programme Committee (TPC) Chair Dr. Alexander Poddubny ( and CC to Conference Secretary Ms. Anastasia Kaptsova (

All proposals will be reviewed by 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 subject to a regular review cycle. Proposers will be informed about the TPC decision two weeks after the proposal’s submission.

Topological states in classical and quantum systems

Topological physics opens up fascinating possibilities in resilient localization and disorder-robust routing of various types of waves ranging from classical acoustic and electromagnetic signals to quantum objects such as electrons or entangled photons. In all these cases, the topology of the bands is manifested in wave propagation and localization giving rise to exciting physics.

This session aims to bring together the researchers pursuing their studies in different directions of topological physics and to discuss recent advances in the field including higher-order topological states, nonlinear topological photonics, topological states of quantum light and non-Hermitian topological physics.

Optical Nanofibres – Fundamentals and Applications

In recent years, optical nanofibers have shown their enormous potential in areas as diverse as sensing, photonics, atomic physics, particle manipulation, and quantum optics. While their use in some areas is reaching a certain level of maturity, there are still many fundamental aspects of light propagation within these waveguides coming to the fore, such as the unique polarisation properties and the chirality of photon coupling.

This session will be focussed on both fundamental and applied aspects of optical nano- (and micro-) fibres and will provide a dedicated platform for researchers to discuss recent advances in this area. The primary aim will be to enhance interdisciplinary applications, through discussion opportunities between young and senior scientists and engineers. The session targets researchers from several disciplines including physics, photonics, chemistry, biology, and engineering.

Strong Light-Matter Interactions in Photonic and Plasmonic Devices

Tailoring the interaction of light with matter is the cornerstone of modern photonics and plasmonics. The conventional approach is to couple a photonic or plasmonic cavity with light emitters such as atoms, quantum dots, organic molecules, and conventional or low-dimensional semiconducting materials hosting excitons. In the strong coupling regime - when the cavity field and the emitter(s) exchange energy at a rate faster than any losses in the system - light and matter hybridize to form new eigenstates states carrying simultaneously light-like and matter-like properties. These hybrid states enable the possibility to manipulate light and matter on an equal footage, thereby allowing the design of new devices for quantum information processing, sensing, metrology, polaritonic lasers, energy transfer and control over chemical reactions. These systems also offer unique opportunities to explore the fundamental properties of light-matter interactions from cryogenic to room temperature environments with high spatial, spectral and temporal resolutions at the true nanoscale.
In this Special Session we aim at bringing together scientists from the photonic and plasmonic communities working on strong light-matter interactions all over the world and to promote fruitful scientific exchanges and discussions.

Plasmonically driven processes and energy conversion

Plasmonic oscillations in nanostructures and metamaterials bear a potential of efficient conversion of light into local heat, chemistry or photocurrents. For the structure sizes and hot spots smaller than electron mean free path significant influence of the electronic states and optical fields at the surface of plasmonic material are expected. Understanding and optimization of these processes should allow approaching double digit conversion efficiency.
This session aims to discuss the mechanisms of efficient hot carrier extraction from damped plasmonic oscillations. Also, the study of the surface effects, reduction of nanostructure sizes, optimization of nanostructure geometries and new plasmonic materials are in the scope of this session.
The session covers the following topics:
-    Hot electrons and hot holes
-    Photoemission from nanostructures
-    Photodetection at metal-semiconductor interface
-    Surface damping
-    Chemical interface damping
-    New nanostructures for hot carrier management
-    New plasmonic materials for hot carrier management

RFID and IoT Technologies

Research predicts the number of Internet of Things (IoT) devices will reach 1 trillion by 2035. This growth is associated with the intensive development and implementation of modern wireless technologies in logistics, warehousing, and the "Smart City" system. Modern solutions can significantly expand the use of wireless identification technologies. This section provides a platform for researchers to discuss the new solutions on RFID components design, new principles and techniques.

Active Mechanical Metamaterials

This session is focused on the rapidly developing area of mechanical metamaterial design using active components. Such systems are formed using particles or unit cells that can perform mechanical work due to internal energy sources. These active mechanical metamaterials feature a plethora of novel physical phenomena associated with non-equilibrium physics and the breaking of time-reversal symmetry. Realized in a wide range of contexts from bacterial colonies and liquid crystals to colloidal microparticles and ensembles of simple robots, active materials open new avenues in energy storage and transport. In addition, active components allow for the tailoring of materials geometry by employing principles of self-organization far from equilibrium.

This session covers topics including, but not limited to, mechanical properties, phase transitions, cluster formation, topological edge states, and collective effects in sparse active gases, dense active liquids, and rigid active metamaterials realized using any number of platforms. We aim to represent both theoretical and experimental studies along with technological applications.

Quantum spintronics with atomic defects in solids

Optically-active atomic-scale defects in solids are highly promising for quantum technologies, such as quantum sensing, quantum communication and quantum information processing. This is because their state can be initiated, controlled and read-out using electromagnetic fields and possesses long coherence times. Additionally, such defects allow high degree of integration. 

This special session is devoted to the technological and fundamental progress in engineering, 
coherent control and practical application of spin-carrying color centers in solids, including but not limited to nitrogen-vacancy and silicon-vacancy centers in diamond; silicon vacancies, divacancies and transition metal-related color centers in silicon carbide; boron vacancies and carbon-related color centers in boron nitride. We will interface with leading researches to discuss recent progress in defect-based quantum spintronics and define future perspective directions.

Free-electron light-matter interaction

Cathodoluminescence (CL) and electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) have become incredible characterization tools that provide unprecedented combination of space, energy, and time resolutions for the characterization of nanophotonic materials. In parallel to that, recent advances in nanophotonics and electron microscopy have enabled the development of novel light-matter effects triggered by free electrons.

In this Special Session, we will discuss these two developments in parallel, with a special emphasis on novel effects and characterization techniques such as quantum CL, electron wavefront shaping, ultrafast electron microscopy, and integrated free-electron-driven light sources.

Sponsors and Partners

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Early fee - 550 EUR


Late fee - 650 EUR

Participant's bag
Proceeding publication
Lunches & breaks
Welcome reception & gala dinner
Social events



Early fee - 380 EUR


Late fee - 480 EUR

Participant's bag
Proceeding publication
Lunches & breaks
Welcome reception & gala dinner
Social events



Early fee - 450 EUR


Late fee- 550 EUR

Participant's bag
Lunches & breaks
Welcome reception & gala dinner
Social events

Online without proceeding

13 - 17 September 2021


150 EUR

Online with proceeding

13 - 17 September 2021


250 EUR


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