Professor Hess’s research interests are in quantum nanophotonics, metamaterials and spatio-temporal semiconductor laser dynamics. His team and a network of Trinity and international collaborators strive to elevate quantum science and quantum technologies to room-temperature via quantum metamaterials and ultrafast nanoplasmonics.
Prof. Ortwin Hess
Professor of Quantum Nanophotonics
Before joining Trinity College Dublin, Professor Ortwin Hess held the Leverhulme Chair in Metamaterials at Imperial College London and was co-Director of the Centre for Plasmonics and Metamaterials. Professor Hess (PhD 1993, TU Berlin) has held senior research positions for almost 25 years in a number of countries. Before earning his PhD, he was a research fellow at Heriot-Watt University and held postdoctoral positions in Berlin and Marburg before becoming of Head of Group at the Institute of Technical Physics (DLR) in Stuttgart, a post he held for over eight years. In 2003, he took up the post of Professor of Theoretical Condensed Matter and Optical Physics at the University of Surrey and remained there until 2011, at which time he moved to Imperial College. He has held visiting professorships at Stanford University (USA), Tampere University of Technology (Finland) and the University of Jena (Germany).