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Dr Francisco Rodriguez Fortuno

Paco Rodriguez- Fortuno 

Telephone: +44 020 7848 2573


Office:  S7.17

Research Group: Photonics & Nanotechnology Group

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Francisco José Rodríguez-Fortuño is a Lecturer at King's College London, where he carries out research on the topics of plasmonic devices, nano-optics, optical forces, optical nanoantennas, metamaterials and novel electromagnetic phenomena. After obtaining a degree in Telecommunications Engineering in 2008 at the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV), Spain, he carried out his Masters' and PhD studies at UPV in the topic of plasmonic metamaterials. During his PhD, Francisco spent 9 months as a visiting researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, USA, 2011 under the supervision of Prof. Nader Engheta and 7 months at King's College London, UK, 2012, under the supervision of Prof. Anatoly Zayats and Dr. Gregory Wurtz, where he later worked as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in 2014 and obtained a Lecturer position in 2015. Francisco has authored or co-authored 25 research papers and contributed 38 works at international conferences. He has received several academic performance distinctions and several prizes for his PhD work. Francisco is a member of the editorial board of Scientific Reports, Nature Publishing Group.


Francisco is fascinated by novel and exotic optical phenomena at the nanoscale. His research career had its foundations on optical metamaterials and plasmonics at infrared and visible wavelengths, with both theoretical and experimental works in nanofabricated negative refractive index materials, and plasmonic sensing. 

Francisco's research evolved into studying extreme optical parameter metamaterials (permittivity-near-zero) and novel optical forces. Later, Francisco described an unknown fundamental effect linking optical helicity to directional excitation of electromagnetic modes, with a successful experimental demonstration, leading him to research on spin-orbit coupling of light and the subsequent experimental demonstration of polarization dependent silicon nanoantennas for infrared radiation polarization analysis and synthesis.

Currently, Francisco's research combines the topics of plasmonics, nanophotonics, extreme parameter metamaterials, hyperbolic metamaterials, spin-orbit coupling, optical nanoantennas, and optical forces, developing novel theoretical concepts in optics and plasmonics, and always aiming at their experimental demonstration and practical applications.


K. Y. Bliokh, F. J. Rodríguez-Fortuño, F. Nori, and A. V. Zayats, “Spin-orbit interactions of light,” Nature Photonics (2015), in press. 

D. O’Connor*, P. Ginzburg*, F. J. Rodríguez-Fortuño*, G. A. Wurtz, and A. V. Zayats, “Spin–orbit coupling in surface plasmon scattering by nanostructures,” Nature Communications, vol. 5, p. 5327, (2014). *these authors contributed equally.

F. J. Rodríguez-Fortuño, D. Puerto, A. Griol, L. Bellieres, J. Martí, and A. Martínez, “Universal method for the synthesis of arbitrary polarization states radiated by a nanoantenna,” Laser & Photonics Reviews, vol. 8, no. 3, pp. L27–L31, (2014).

F. J. Rodríguez-Fortuño, A. Vakil, and N. Engheta, “Electric Levitation Using ϵ-Near-Zero Metamaterials,” Physical Review Letters, vol. 112, no. 3, p. 033902, (2014). 

 F. J. Rodríguez-Fortuño, G. Marino, P. Ginzburg, D. O’Connor, A. Martínez, G. Wurtz and A. V. Zayats “Near-Field Interference for the Unidirectional Excitation of Electromagnetic Guided Modes” Science, Vol. 340, Issue 6130, pp. 328-330 (2013).


PhD Vacancies

Applications are invited for research in the Experimental Biophysics & Nanotechnology group

To apply for the Physics MPhil/PhD  please fill in an application form.

All relevant information regarding eligibility, including academic and English language requirements, is available from the online prospectus.

For further details contact Dr Francisco Rodriguez Fortuno and or the Postgraduate Tutor Dr Cedric Weber.

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