Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Applied Physics Research Group
Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussels, Belgium
Vincent Ginis received his B.Sc. degree in Engineering, summa cum laude, in 2007, and the M.Sc. degree in Photonics Engineering, summa cum laude, in 2009 from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium).
In May 2014, he received the degree of Doctor in Applied Sciences, summa cum laude, with a doctoral thesis entitled Transforming Electromagnetic Reality -- On the Physics and Applications of Metamaterials. His PhD was funded by the Research Foundation Flanders under joint supervision of Prof. Jan Danckaert (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Prof. Irina Veretennicoff (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), and Prof. Philippe Tassin (Chalmers University).
His research interests are focused on the physics and applications of advanced electromagnetic devices based on metamaterials. To this aim, he explored the limits of the equivalence relations of transformation optics and broadened its scope to include, e.g., momentum transfer and time-dependent material parameters. In this way, he extended the realm of transformation optics to several other applications.
Ginis has received several national and international awards, including the IMEC Engineering Prize, the KVIV Engineering Prize of the Royal Flemish Society of Engineers, the Barco High Tech Award, and the Boston Consulting Group Best Paper Award. He was also the recipient of the SPIE Scholarship in Optical Science and Engineering in 2012 and the IEEE Photonics Graduate Student fellowship in 2013.
He continues his research in nanophotonics and material sciences as a post-doctoral fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders.
Metamaterials, Left-Handed Materials, and Transformation Optics, Invisibility, Cloaking: We study and design electromagnetic and optical metamaterials. These are engineered materials in which atoms are replaced by electric circuits or plasmonic elements as the basic constituents in the interaction with electromagnetic radiation. By proper design, we can create materials with properties that go beyond those of natural materials. A subclass of metamaterials is formed by the left-handed materials, which are materials with negative index of refraction. They are characterised by exotic electromagnetic propagation, such as backward wave propagation, negative refraction, inverse Doppler effect, and negative diffraction. We also design proof-of-principle applications based on metamaterials.