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Mayela is a PhD candidate in the Photonics & Nanotechnology Group in the Department of Physics. Her research focuses on the fabrication and study of deep subwavelength aluminium plasmonic metamaterials for their application in photodetection and photovoltaic systems, as well as high sensitivity biosensors for DNA detection.

She obtained an MSc in Nanosciences and Materials in 2015 from the Instituto Potosino en Investigación Científica y Tecnológica (IPICYT) in San Luis Potosí (Mexico), where she gained experience in nanofabrication and characterisation techniques of chemically derived graphene. She then joined the King’s College London Physics Research program with a full scholarship granted by the National Council of Science and Technology and the Secretary of Energy of México (CONACyT-SENER).

Thesis title

Aluminium plasmonic metamaterials with multiband optical response

Research interests

  • Plasmonics
  • Hyperbolic Metamaterials
  • Plasmonically-driven hot carrier generation
  • Plasmon-exciton coupling and detection
  • High-resolution imaging and surface potential microscopy

PhD supervisor

Principal supervisor: Dr Wayne Dickson