Prof. Rachel Grange

Rachel Grange joined the Abbe Center of Photonics (ACP) and the Institute of Applied Physics in January 2011 as a junior research group leader for multiphoton nanomaterials. Since being in Jena, she was strongly involved in the Master program of the Abbe School of Photonics by giving lectures on photonic nanomaterials. At the Institute of Applied Physics, Rachel built her own research group dedicated to the synthesis, optical characterization and manipulation of nanomaterials for bioimaging applications and optofluidic devices in linear and nonlinear regimes. Particular emphasis was placed on nonlinear frequency conversion in oxide nanoparticles with a potential application field in biomedicine. The Grange group established a number of fruitful local research cooperations with a notable scientific output, particularly with the Institute of Applied Physics' Nanoptics Group and with several research groups from the Leibniz-Institute of Photonic Technology.

Due to her achievements during her group leadership at the Abbe Center of Photonics, Rachel Grange was appointed as an assistant professor of Nanophotonics at the Institute for Quantum Electronics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH). She is filling this position by the beginning of 2015. Her newly established group at the ETH researches on the synthesis and characterisation of metal-dielectric particles and the behaviour of materials with nonlinear optical properties in the nanometer range. This focus has several links to nonlinear optics, an important research focus of ETH's Department of Physics, which cooperates closely with the areas of materials science, information technology, electrical engineering and chemistry.