Organizational Committee:

Dr. Arturo Ayon
Dept. of Physics and Astronomy at UTSA

Dr. Madhavrao (Rao) Govindaraju
SAI Global Technologies, Inc

Dr. Randolph D. Glickman
University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio

Dr. John Grillo
Academic Workforce Programs at NVC

Dr. Kelly Nash
Dept. of Physics and Astronomy at UTSA

Dr. Vasiliki (Vicky) Zorbas Poenitzsch
Southwest Research Institute

Dr. Arturo Ponce
Depart. of Physics and Astronomy at UTSA

Dr. Bharathi Subramaniasiva
Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute, UTSA

Dr. Wilson Terrell
Dept. of Engineering Sciences at Trinity University

Dr. Walt Trybula
Texas State University, San Marcos & Trybula Foundation, Inc., Austin

Dr. Stephen Wellinghoff
Southwest Research Institute

Dr. Miguel Yacaman
Dept. of Physics and Astronomy at UTSA

Dr. Qiaoying Joy Zhou
Academic Workforce Programs at Northwest Vista College


San Antonio Nano-Technology Forum (SANTF)

Networking Lunch Series (2016-2017)


Plasmonic Properties of Metallic and Hybrid Nanostructures

from Fundamental Physics to Applications


Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Time: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm



Dr. Nicolas Large

Department of Physics and Astronomy, UTSA


Nanophotonics has become a very active interdisciplinary research field during the past decades. With the development of new advent technologies, a deep understanding of the optical, electronic, thermal, and chemical properties of materials at the nanoscale became crucial. Furthermore, recent advances in the control of bottom-up and top-down nanofabrication techniques allow for the synthesis of novel materials, geometries, and devices at the nanoscale, thus revealing new physical effects and pushing away the limits of the Terra Incognita in nanosciences. The development of theoretical models, and the use of advanced numerical simulations and modeling, is necessary not only to correctly understand these new properties but also to guide experimentalists in the design of the future nanostructures and in the tailoring of new physical properties. Some recent work on plasmonic nanosystems and their use for localized surface plasmon resonance sensing, electron-based and surface-enhanced spectroscopies (EELS, CL, SERS, TERS, SHG), plasmon- enhanced chemistry, control of light, optoelectronic and photovoltaic applications will be presented.

Speaker Biography:

Nicolas Large is an Assistant Professor of Physics at The University of Texas at San Antonio. After obtaining his B.S. and M.S. in Physics at the Paul Sabatier University of Toulouse, France, he obtained a dual Ph.D. degree in 2011 in Nanophysics from Paul Sabatier University of Toulouse and in Physics of Nanostructures and Advanced Materials from the University of the Basque Country in San Sebastián, Spain. During his doctoral and postdoctoral work at Rice University and Northwestern University, Dr. Large developed several novel approaches and numerical methods for the calculations of optical properties of semiconductor and plasmonic systems, including new models for the description of acoustic Raman scattering, and electron-based spectroscopies. He is currently conducting research in the field of theoretical nanophotonics and focuses on the modeling of the optical response of semiconductor (excitonic), metallic (plasmonic), and hybrid (plexcitonic, plasphonic, magneto-plasmonic) nanosystems.


 University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA)

EB 3.04.30, College of Engineering
Department of Mechanical Engineering
One UTSA Circle, San Antonio, TX 78249.


Mark your calendars - 2016 SANTF Conference
November 16, 2016


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SANTF Purpose:

SANTF aims to provide participants with information on the state of nanotechnology research in Greater San Antonio institutions, presents trends in industry and research universities, informs innovative applications of nanotechnology, information related to current work in progress towards establishing national skills standards, details the involvement and support of national professional societies, and the current technician education programs supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The newly formed SANTF strives to build stronger communication and networking opportunities between educational and private businesses, both regionally and nationally; to solidify pipelines in education and stimulate job creation in the Greater San Antonio area in the field of nanotechnology and STEM related fields.    


SANTF brings together researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs, and companies in the Greater San Antonio area working in the areas of nanomaterials and nanotechnology to showcase innovations related to the development and application of nanotechnology and nanomaterials. 


Establish a venue for local researchers, early-stage investors, venture capitalists, and industry leaders to gather and discuss developments in nanotechnology and its applications in the areas of Biomaterials, Energy, Clean Technology, and Sustainability.  

 SANTF brings together major technology players in the area to form strong alliances among the researchers at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA), Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), Texas Biomedical Research Institute, Alamo Community Colleges, Trinity University, Texas State University in San Marcos, and other educational institutions. SANTF promotes intellectual creativity in the area of nanotechnology that will create a strong nanotechnology base in San Antonio.    

 The forum is expected to spur productive collaborations among the researchers in Greater San Antonio area and promote innovations leading to scientific discoveries and engineering innovations.  SANTF is committed to enhancing San Antonio’s nanotechnology future and establishing the Alamo City as a global leader in nanotechnology.  

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