19 June 2009 Fresnel Prize Ceremony

Award ceremony

The Fresnel Prize 2009 was awarded to Prof. Romain Quidant during CLEO Europe. The CLEO Europe - EQEC 2009 (Conference on Laser and Electro Optics and European Quantum Electronics Conference) held in Munich was the venue for the Fresnel Prize 2009 award ceremony. One of the two prizes, specifically the one dedicated to applied photonics, was awarded this year to Prof. Romain Quidant. This prize acknowledges his work in the manipulation of microscopic and nanoscopic objects with light, with biomedical applications ranging from cancer diagnosis to the detection of doping.

The Fresnel Prize 2009 is awarded by the European Physics Society to the best researchers in Europe working in science and applications of light. The prize recognizes the highest level of excellence amongst emerging researchers, under the age of 35, in the field of photonics.

Prof. Romain Quidant is an ICREA researcher at ICFO, and he is working on a very ambitious research program made possible through the generous support of the Fundació Cellex Barcelona. He also collaborates actively with Endor Nanotechnologies in the application of plasmonics to cosmetics and dermatology. Prof. Quidant received this recognition “for his groundbreaking and pioneering contribution to the concept of plasmon-based optical manipulation, in addition to his overall contribution to the field of plasmonics”.