25 July 2006 ICFO researcher awarded an Otto Hahn Medal

Dr. Fernando D. Stefani in the single-molecule nanophotonics lab

Dr. Stefani advances the very limits of ultrafast spectroscopy of single molecules Dr. Fernando D. Stefani, postdoctoral researcher at ICFO, has been awarded an Otto Hahn Medal of the Max Planck Society for his research work while at the Max-Planck-Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz. The work was focused on the quantitative investigation of the absorption and emission of light by single molecules in the vicinity of a gold surface supporting resonant surface plasmons and the photodynamic of the emission of semiconductor nanoparticles.

Since 1978, the Max Planck Society honours each year up to 40 young researchers among all the research areas conducted in the 80 Max Planck Institutes of the Society for outstanding scientific achievements. The prize is intended to motivate junior scientists and researchers to pursue a future university or research career.

Fernando D. Stefani is currently working in the group led by Prof. Niek van Hulst, developing ultra-fast spectroscopy techniques for single-molecule applications.

Link to the molecular nanophotonics group