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Jason G. Valentine

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering


In the Valentine group we are developing optical metamaterials which are nanostructured composites that allow one to engineer optical properties at will. In our group we are exploring both metal-based (plasmonic) metamaterials as well as low-loss all-dielectric variants. On a fundamental level, we use the engineering freedom associated with nano-scale structuring to realize and investigate optical properties that don’t exist in nature such as a negative and zero-index of refraction. On a more applied level, we are using metamaterials to realize novel device applications such as ultra-compact optical elements, efficient and low power optoelectronics, and hot electron-based energy conversion devices.


ONR Young Investigator Award, 2014
NSF CAREER Award, 2014
Vanderbilt Junior Faculty Teaching Fellowship, 2012
MRS Gold Student Award, 2010
Time magazine ‘Top 10 Scientific Discoveries of 2008', #7
Time magazine ‘Top 50 Inventions of 2008’, #28
Discover magazine ‘Top 100 Story of 2008’, #7

Selected Publications:

Circularly polarized light detection with hot electrons in chiral plasmonic metamaterials. Li, W; Coppens, ZJ; Besteiro, LV; Wang, WY; Govorov, AO; Valentine, J, NATURE COMMUNICATIONS, 6, 8379 , (2015) View Abstract

All-dielectric metasurface analogue of electromagnetically induced transparency. Yang, Y; Kravchenko, II; Briggs, DP; Valentine, J, NATURE COMMUNICATIONS, 5, 5753 , (2014) View Abstract

Dielectric Meta-Reflectarray for Broadband Linear Polarization Conversion and Optical Vortex Generation. Yang, YM; Wang, WY; Moitra, P; Kravchenko, II; Briggs, DP; Valentine, J, NANO LETTERS, 14, 1394-1399 , (2014) View Abstract

Metamaterial Perfect Absorber Based Hot Electron Photodetection. Li, W; Valentine, J, NANO LETTERS, 14, 3510-3514 , (2014) View Abstract

Realization of an all-dielectric zero-index optical metamaterial. Moitra, P; Yang, YM; Anderson, Z; Kravchenko, II; Briggs, DP; Valentine, J, NATURE PHOTONICS, 7, 791-795 , (2013) View Abstract