Dr. Rana Nicolas

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
School of Arts & Sciences – Natural Sciences

Dr Rana Nicolas did her PhD in photonics and nanotechnology; her PhD research work focused on the optimization and fabrication of plasmonic nanomaterials for optical sensing applications. After her PhD, Dr Nicolas joined the Ultrafast Photonics lab at CEA, where she helped develop a new research thematic on High Harmonic Generation (HHG) in semiconductors. Her current research interests are on Non-linear optics, specifically the plasmonic boost of semiconductor nonlinearities. She is also co-supervising a PhD student working on the numerical optimization of epsilon near zero (ENZ) materials, a new class of materials very promising for applications in quantum computing. Her research work was published in several prestigious journals.


  1. Rana Nicolas, Gaëtan Lévêque, Joseph Marae-Djouda, Guillame Montay, Yazid Madi, Jérôme Plain, Ziad Herro, Michel Kazan, Pierre-Michel Adam, and Thomas Maurer, “Plasmonic mode interferences and Fano resonances in Metal-Insulator- Metal nanostructured interface”, August 2015, Scientific reports (Nature) March 16, 2015
  1. R. Nicolas, G. Lévêque, P.-M. Adam, and T. Maurer, “Graphene Doping Induced Tunability of Nanoparticles Plasmonic Resonances,” Plasmonics, pp. 1–7, May 2017.
  1. Rana Nicolas, Liping Shi, Jose R. C. Andrade, Willem Boutu, Dominik Franz, Torsten Heidenblut, Carsten Reinhardt, Uwe Morgner, Hamed Merdji, and Milutin Kovacev, “Impact of Plasmon-Induced Atoms Migration in Harmonic Generation,” ACS Photonics, 2018 Feb 8; 5(4):1208-14