Vinod Menon


Main Affiliation

Center for Advanced Technology


Center for Discovery and Innovation



Vinod Menon

Vinod Menon


2014 -              Professor, Dept. of Physics, City College of New York and Grad. Center of CUNY
2014 - 2016    Director, CUNY Center for Advanced Technology in Photonics
2012 - 2013    Visiting Scholar, Research Laboratory for Electronics, MIT
2010 - 2014    Associate Professor, Dept. of Physics, Queens College and Grad. Center of CUNY
2004 - 2010    Assistant Professor, Dept. of Physics, Queens College and Grad. Center of CUNY
2004 - 2006    Visiting Researcher, Princeton University
2003 - 2004     Research Staff Member, Princeton University
2001 - 2003    Lucent Bell Labs Post-Doctoral Fellow in Photonics, Princeton University


2001        Ph.D. in Physics, University of Massachusetts
1995        M.Sc. in Physics (Quantum Optics), University of Hyderabad, India

Research Interests


Research in the Laboratory for Nano and Micro Photonics (LaNMP) can be best summarized as exploration of light-matter interaction at the nanoscale. The main research focus areas are development of structures that confine light to enhance the strength of light-matter interaction such as nanocavities and artificially engineered optical materials such metamaterials and hybrid excitonic materials that display optoelectronic properties that surpass naturally occurring materials. In addition to addressing fundamental questions related to light matter interaction, these focus areas are also motivated by the quest to develop next generation computing technologies including those that exploit the quantum property of light, ultrasensitive sensors, and high efficiency energy harvesting systems.


Ongoing research projects:

- Excitonics and polaritonics using 2D materials (​​NSF - EFRI)

- Light emitters based on hyperbolic metamaterials (ARO)

- Spin dynamics in polaritons (NSF - ECCS)

- Control of energy transfer in hybrid excitonic systems (NSF-DMR)

- Room temperature polariton emitters (ARO)

- Hyperbolic metamaterials (NSF - MRSEC)

More details about my research group can be found at:



(Selected recent publications)

1. "Optical control of room temperature valley polaritons," Z. Sun, J. Gu, A. Ghazaryan, Z. Shotan, C. R. Considine, M. Dollar, B. Chakraborty, X. Liu, P. Ghanemi, S. K-Cohen, and V. M. Menon, Nature Photonics 11, 491 (2017)

2. "Photonic hypercrystals for control of light matter interactions," T. Glafsky, J. Gu, E. Narimanov and V. M. Menon, PNAS 14, 5125 (2017).

3. “Strong light-matter coupling in two-dimensional atomic crystals,” X. Liu, T. Galfsky, Z. Sun, F. Xia, E-C. Lin, Y-H Lee, S. Kena-Cohen, and V. M. Menon, Nature Photonics 9, 30 (2015).

4. “Active hyperbolic metamaterials: enhanced spontaneous emission and light extraction,” T. Galfsky, H. N. S. Krishnamoorthy, W. Newman, E. E. Narimanov, Z. Jacob., and V. M. Menon, Optica 2, 62 (2015).

5. “Room temperature Frenkel-Wannier-Mott hybridization of degenerate excitons in a strongly coupled microcavity,” M. Slootsky, X. Liu, V. M. Menon* and S. R. Forrest*, Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 076401 (2014).

6. “Visualization of Exciton Transport in Ordered and Disordered Molecular Solids,” G. M. Akselrod, P. B. Deotare, N. J. Thompson, J. Lee, W. A. Tisdale, M. A. Baldo, V. M. Menon, and V. Bulovic, Nature Comm. 5, 3646 (2014)

7. “Topological transitions in metamaterials,” H. N. S. Krishnamoorthy, Z. Jacob, E. Narimanov, I. Kretzschmar, and V. M. Menon, Science 336, 205 (2012)


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