Press release

£350,000 prize for Singapore scientist’s photonics research

08 November 2016

A world expert in photonics has been awarded a prestigious international prize from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). It is expected that his research will benefit a number of areas including virtual reality, augmented reality and 3D holographic displays.

Dr Arseniy Kuznetsov, Head of the Advanced Concept and Nanotechnology Division at A*STAR’s Data Storage Institute (DSI) in Singapore, is the winner of the £350,000 IET A F Harvey Engineering Research Prize. He was chosen from high-calibre candidates from across the world as a result of his outstanding contributions to research in the field of Lasers and Optoelectronics and his pioneering research on dielectric nanoantennas, a new branch of nanophotonics.

Photonics, the science of light, is one of the most rapidly developing scientific fields resulting in a number of modern technologies, which have already become a part of our everyday life. LED lighting, different types of displays and touch screens are all products of rapid development of photonic technologies during recent years.

Looking forward, it is expected that the number of photonic-based products will continue to rapidly grow, particularly in the gaming industry (e.g. virtual reality devices) and wearable technology. Photonic-based computer chips are expected to make new computers much faster than existing ones, holography-based devices are expected to fully transform reality around us, and wearable photonic components may become a part of our everyday life.

Dr Arseniy Kuznetsov said: “I am really excited to see how fast novel technologies are increasingly becoming a part of our everyday life and impact the way we interact and communicate. Light, and in particular nanophotonics are expected to be the areas of the major technological breakthroughs in the near future.

“I am honoured to receive this award and believe it will help me and my team to develop innovative technologies, which can make a positive impact to society. Tuneable nanoantennas, which we are working on, may become a part of wearable high-resolution augmented reality devices, may help to create 3D holographic displays for smart phones and significantly transform the way we receive and interact with the information.”

Sir John O’Reilly, Chair of the IET’s Selection Committee for the Prize, said: “Dr Arseniy Kuznetsov is awarded the Prize in recognition of his outstanding research achievements in photonics. This is an area which offers hugely exciting opportunities for 3D holographic displays and augmented reality or virtual reality devices. His research makes science fiction become science fact by overcoming current bottlenecks and limitations in developing switchable nanoantennas, which are likely to open doors for additional real-life applications, generating an explosive growth of novel nanophotonic-based products and associated markets.”

The IET’s A F Harvey Research Prize, worth £350,000, is named after Dr A F Harvey who bequeathed a generous sum of money to the IET for a trust fund to be set up in his name, which is for the furtherance of scientific research into the fields of medical, microwave, laser or radar engineering.

Dr Kuznetsov will present a Prize Lecture, entitled ‘Novel resonant dielectric nanophotonics for novel technologies’ at IET London: Savoy Place on Thursday 9 March 2017.

In his lecture, Dr. Kuznetsov will describe a new concept of low-loss dielectric nanoantennas and talk about his aims of implementing this concept into real-life devices through a switchable nanoantenna approach. If successful, these results may open doors for nanophotonics to real-life applications, which may generate an explosive growth of novel nanophotonic-based products and associated markets.

Notes to editors:

  • The IET A F Harvey Prize Lecture is open for registration. For more information and to book a place, visit www.theiet.org/harvey