Originally slated for november 2020, the fifth International Workshop on Metallic Nano-Objects (MNO 2020) will be held at the University of Saint-Etienne from 17th to 19th of november 2021.

This workshop is built on the success of the previous editions (Saint-Etienne 2012, Lille 2014, Lyon 2016, Lyon 2018). It aims to provide an overview on recent advances and challenges in the development of metallic nano-objects and their applications.

It usually gathers about 100 academics and industrials from various national and international institutions. Edition after edition, we are committed to maintaining low registration fees for all academics to allow a maximum of students to participate in the event. This year, 13 PhD students will be granted free registration fees to attend the conference and poster awards will be granted to give the poster session a larger place in the workshop.

All oral presentations will be held in a single amphitheater, which limits the number of available oral presentations but favor interactions between participants all along the workshop. 10 invited speakers will deliver tutorials or overviews of their latest research in their field of expertise. People will have the chance to discuss their scientific questions during the breaks and poster sessions but also to get acquainted during the social event organized in the evening.



We solicit abstract for oral or poster presentations on the following topics: 

  • Ultrafast and nonlinear plasmonics
  • Enhanced light-matter interactions at the nanoscale

  • Metasurfaces and nanophotonics

  • Novel materials and technologies for plasmonics

  • Theoretical and numerical studies

  • Sensors and bio-plasmonics

  • Plasmonic colors

  • Plasmonic devices 



Confirmed invited speakers

Alasdair Clark

Alasdair Clark

Dr. Clark is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in the School of Engineering at the University of Glasgow. After obtaining his undergraduate degree in Applied Physics from the University of Strathclyde, Dr. Clark moved to the University of Glasgow to pursue a PhD in Nano-Plasmonics. On completion of his PhD studies he took a short Post-Doc appointment at the University of California, Berkeley, before returning to Glasgow to start the Nanophotonic Devices research group. Focused at the interface of nano-engineering, photonics, and DNA-nanotechnology, Dr. Clark's group hopes to provide new nano-scale tools, materials and technologies for applications in optics, sensing, electronics, imaging, healthcare and renewable energy.

Natalia Del Fati

Natalia Del Fatti

Natalia Del Fatti studied Electronic engineering at Politecnico di Milano (Italy) and Physics at Ecole Polytechnique (France), where she also received her Ph.D in 1999. She has more than twenty years experience in the field of ultrafast dynamics of semiconductors, bulk metals and metal nanoparticles. She was appointed Assistant Professor at the University of Bordeaux in 2000, where she developed a novel research axis on single nano-object optical spectroscopy. Professor at University Lyon 1 since 2006 and member of Institut Universitaire de France, she founded the FemtoNanoOptics group specialized in optical investigations of nanomaterials. Her current research interests include non-linear optics, ultrafast lasers, plasmonics and nanophysics (nano-optics, electronics, acoustics and thermics). She is head of the Master “Physics & Chemistry - Sciences de la Matière” joint with Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, and coordinator of the multidisciplinary Labex iMUST (Institute for Multiscale Science & Technology) of Université de Lyon-Saint Etienne.

Nordin Felidj

Nordin Felidj   

Nordin Félidj is a physicist. He received his PhD thesis in 1997 (Pierre et Marie Curie University). He joined the laboratory ITODYS (Department of chemistry, University of Paris) in 2000, as an assistant professor. His skills are mainly focused on the optical properties of plasmonic nanostructures, and applications related to surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS). He is Professor of Université de Paris since 2008 in the team “Molecular Plasmonics” of his laboratory. His current research projects include plasmonics for chemical reactions and surface functionalization, and applications in SERS. He is the head of the GDR “Active Plasmonics” (GDR CNRS 2090 – since January 2020, which includes more than 40 teams all around France. 

Dominique Jeulin

Dominique Jeulin

Dominique JEULIN was previously Director of Research and Professor in Mines-ParisTech ( Currently Scientific Adviser at Centre de Morphologie Mathématique (, he was teaching  courses on models of Random Structures, and on Physics and Mechanics of Random Media. The main areas of his work cover the theoretical prediction of physical properties of random media (fracture statistics models, homogenization of mechanical and optical properties of composite materials and of biological tissues), random models and simulations of random media, 3D image analysis, applications to Materials Science, Biology and Vision. He is an international expert in these fields and was elected vice-president of the International Society for Stereology (2000-2003), then President (2004-2007). He recently published the book “Morphological models of random structures”   (Springer, June 2021):

Olivier Martin

Olivier Martin

Olivier J.F. Martin is Professor of Nanophotonics and Optical Signal Processing at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL), where he is head of the Nanophotonics and Metrology Laboratory and Director of the Microengineering Section. He conducts a comprehensive research that combines modelling with nanofabrication and experiments on plasmonic systems, with applications in nonlinear optics, biosensing, security features and optical manipulations at the nanoscale. Dr. Martin has authored about 300 publications and holds a handful of patents and invention disclosures. In 2005 he introduced the concept of an optical antenna, which is now widespread in plasmonic; in 2016 he received an ERC Advanced Grant on the utilization of plasmonic forces to fabricate nanosystems. Between 2016 and 2020, he served as director of the EPFL Microengineering Section with over 1’000 undergraduate students and conducted with his colleagues major curricular reforms. He is associate editor to Advanced Photonics and Frontiers in Physics.

Laura Na Liu

Laura Na Liu  




V Ponsinet

Virginie Ponsinet

Virginie Ponsinet obtained her PhD at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie Paris 6. She worked on the physico-chemistry and the physics of hybrid colloidal systems involving nanoparticles, surfactant-based complex fluids, as well as solid and dispersed organized phases of block copolymers. She has performed research in the Collège de France, Paris, France, the Technion, Univ. of Technology, Haifa, Israel, the Rhodia Research Center in Princeton, USA, and the East China Univ. of Science and Technology, Shanghai, China. She is now CNRS senior researcher in Bordeaux University where she develops and studies self-assembled functional nanomaterials and metamaterials.

M Schmid

Martina Schmid             

Martina Schmid holds a PhD from Freie Universität Berlin (2010), receiving the Carl-Ramsauer Award of the German Physical Society (DPG) and the DGM Young Researcher Award of the German Society of Material Science. After postdoctoral stays at the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia) and the California Institute of Technology (USA), she started a Helmholtz Young Investigator Group at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin in 2012. 2013 she became a Junior Professor at the Freie Universität Berlin. Since 2017 she is a Full Professor for Experimental Physics at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. Her research interests include photonics, plasmonics, photovoltaics and renewable energy devices with a special focus on nano- and microoptical concepts for light guiding and concentration.


Nahid Talebi 

Nahid Talebi graduated from Tehran University with a PhD in Electrical Engineering in 2011, defended with distinction. During her studies, she visited the Max Planck Institute in Stuttgart for the duration of 7 months with a Scholarship from the Max Planck Society. In 2012, she joined the Stuttgart Center for Electron Microscopy as an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow. In 2015, she became a group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research and in 2018, she received an ERC Starting Grant from the European Research Council. In 2019, she joined the Christian Albrechts University in Kiel as an associate professor and a director of the Institute for Experimental and Applied Physics, holding the chair for Nanooptics. Her work concerns exploring the interaction of electron beams with light and nanostructures, to both investigate fundamental quantum mechanical aspects of electron-light interaction, and to propose and realize novel characterization techniques with electron beams.


Thomas Zentgraf

Professor Thomas Zentgraf holds diploma degrees in Physics from the Technical University of Clausthal as well as in Engineering from the Applied University of Jena. In 2006 he finished his Ph.D. under the supervision of Prof. Harald Giessen at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research Stuttgart and the University of Stuttgart. Thereafter, he worked as a Humboldt Research Fellow in the Group of Prof. Xiang Zhang at the University of California at Berkeley (USA), where he led the Plasmonics research activities. Since May 2011 he is head of the Ultrafast Nanophotonics Research Group at the University of Paderborn. In 2017 he received an ERC Consolidator Grant. In 2020 he became the chairman of the Center of Optoelectronics & Photonics Paderborn. His present research is focused on studying nano-optical system and artificially structured materials for optical applications by linear and nonlinear optical spectroscopy.



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The full program is avalaible: Go to Program Section and click on the Session to see the detail program

Submission deadline for oral contribution:
September 30, 2021

Submission deadline for poster:
October 15, 2021

Notification of acceptance for oral contribution:
October 11, 2021

Registration deadline:
October 15, 2021

November 17-19, 2021




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