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 and felicitations of the exam committee. Currently, Vincent is appointed as an assistant professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He also works as a visiting professor in the group of Prof. Federico Capasso at Harvard University.
To date, Vincent has published his research in around 20 international publications with a high impact factor, including 1 article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, several letters in Physical Review Letters –among which 2 cover articles– and many publications that were highlighted as Editor's Suggestion. He has presented his work in more than 40 international conference proceedings and he was invited or plenary speaker at 9 international conferences.
Several courses in Sciences and Engineering are being taught by Vincent and are consistently evaluated by the students with top marks. Vincent has received many national and international awards, including Agathon De Potter Award in Physics (2018), the Solvay Award for PhD dissertations (2016), the Vocatio fellowship (2015), the FWO/BCG Best Paper Award (2014), the international SPIE Scholarship in Optical Science and Engineering (2013), the IEEE Photonics Graduate Student fellowship (2012), the KVIV engineering award (2010), and the FWO/Barco Award (2010). Vincent also serves as an editor of the journal Applied Metamaterials and as a reviewer for several important journals in his field, including Nature Photonics, Physical Review Letters, Nature Communications, and New Journal of Physics. He is also member of the scientific committee of several international conferences, including SPIE Photonics Europe and META. Vincent regularly appears in the general media to discuss research breakthroughs. In 2017, he was elected as one of the 10 new members of the Young Academy of Belgium and as one of the top 50 tech pioneers in Belgium.
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.