Vahid Sandoghdar


Vahid Sandoghdar is one of the world’s leading scientists in nano-optics, a field to which he has added a further area of study: single-molecule nanophotonics. The experimental techniques he introduced were also highly influential in other fields of research, such as physical chemistry, biophysics, optical microscopy and quantum optics. Sandoghdar is to become the director of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light and professor at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, where he will sharpen the strategic research focus of the field of optics. In cooperation with various departments, he will develop new fields of research, such as biophotonics and nano quantum optics. The establishment of a Centre for Light Microscopy is also planned under his direction.

Nominating University: University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, together with the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Erlangen

Prof. Dr. Vahid Sandoghdar

born in Iran in 1966, studies at the University of California, doctorate from Yale University New Haven, Connecticut, USA in 1993. From 1993 to 1995, he worked at the École normale supérieure in Paris, France. Between 1995 and 2001, he worked in Germany at the University of Konstanz. From 2001, he has been professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Laboratory of Physical Chemistry, Switzerland. In March 2011, he became an Alexander von Humboldt Professor, Director of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light in Erlangen and holder of the chair in nano-optics, plasmonics and biophotonics in the Department of Physics at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg. Memberships of various bodies, e.g. the American Chemical Society, the Swiss Chemical Society and the German Physical Society.