Monday 10 February 2014
Professor Allan Boardman

SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, which promotes an interdisciplinary approach to the science and application of light, has appointed Professor Allan Boardman to be the Chair of its Plasmonics: Metallic Nanostructures and Their Optical Properties XII conference in San Diego, California, USA between 17 and 21 August 2014.

SPIE stages the largest international optical sciences and technology meeting in North America. It attracts many global experts in the field who will present their latest research in optical engineering and applications, solar energy, nanotechnology and organic photonics.

Professor Boardman has an international reputation for his work on surface plasmons and guided wave optics, especially nonlinear waves and solitons. He is the leading theorist looking at nonlinear guided magneto-optic waves in metamaterials and Co-Chair of the SPIE Photonics Europe conference, which is held biannually in Brussels. 

He is also Vice-President of the United Kingdom Consortium for Optics and Photonics, and a board member of the Quantum Electronics and Optics Division of the European Physical Society.

Professor Boardman said: “It is a great privilege for me and the University to be  invited to assume this very important international role. Plasmonics involves the interaction of light with metal surfaces and is forming the basis of wonderful biosensors that will transform all of our lives.”