Advanced Materials

A Bright Future – For Optical Materials

Humankind has always been intrigued by light and optical phenomena. Today research in optics and photonics is a steadily growing field with more than several tens of thousands of papers published every year. Optical devices are natural tools in our everyday lives, and optical technologies are the foundation of a multi-million dollar business with many job opportunities. At the forefront of new discoveries in this exciting subject, various materials, from semiconductors to (noble) metals and novel carbon materials, are employed to make a significant contribution to progress for many applications in biomedical imaging, electronic devices, and laser technology, but also in fundamental research areas like quantum computing and precision measurements.

A lot of effort is put into traditional research areas like coatings, displays, light sources and detectors. Furthermore, nanofabrication and nanostructuring have enabled materials with features on a length scale below the wavelength of light. This opened up exploration of new types of materials with novel optical properties like negative refractive indices and new application areas such as optical cloaking and contact-free nanoprobes. Substantial progress has also been made in research where light is used to shape or manipulate materials, like new lithography techniques. Also, research focused on how light interacts and responds to a material or structure is progressing rapidly in realizing new plasmonic, magneto-optical or nonlinear responses as well as unique absorption, emission and transmission properties.

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Advanced Materials has a twenty-year tradition of publishing research at the forefront of materials science, including the fabrication and study of novel optical materials and their applications. We are therefore delighted to announce a new section of Advanced Materials: Advanced Optical Materials, which will be answering key questions in the active field of optical materials. It will publish papers of the highest standard that have undergone the same rigorous peer review evaluation that readers expect from Advanced Materials.

Advanced Optical Materials will contain short Communications, more detailed Full Papers, and comprehensive Reviews on breakthrough discoveries and fundamental research in photonics, plasmonics, metamaterials and more.

You can submit your papers now for consideration in Advanced Optical Materials. Visit for more details.

Articles in the section will be cited as normal Advanced Materials articles and will also be prominently featured on our websites.

As section editors, we will be supported by an Editorial Advisory Board. We thank the following outstanding scientists for their enthusiasm in agreeing to join the Board of Advanced Optical Materials:

  • Hatice Altug (Boston University)

  • Richard Averitt (Boston University)

  • Paul Braun (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

  • Mark Brongersma (Stanford University)

  • Timothy J. Bunning (Air Force Research Laboratory)

  • Harald Giessen (University of Stuttgart)

  • Peter Günter (ETH Zürich)

  • Holger Moench (Philips)

  • Zhi-Yuan Li (Institute of Physics Chinese Academy of Sciences)

  • David Lidzey (University of Sheffield)

  • Luis Liz-Marzán (Universidade de Vigo)

  • Cefe López (Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid)

  • Albert Polman, FOM-Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics

  • Ullrich Steiner (University of Cambridge)

  • Jianfang Wang (Chinese University of Hong Kong)

  • Ralf Wehrspohn (Fraunhofer IWM)

We are looking forward to the development of this exciting section into a communication forum for high quality research regarding all aspects of light–matter interactions. Enjoy the content of this first section (which can also be found on, and continue submitting your best manuscripts in this important field to Advanced Optical Materials.

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Biographical Information

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Tim Adams Section Editor

Biographical Information

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Eva Rittweger Section Editor