The Blavatnik Family Foundation and The New York Academy of Sciences announced today that Adam Overvig is a finalist for the 2023 Blavatnik Regional Awards for Young Scientists. Overvig, a postdoctoral researcher at the ASRC’s Photonics Initiative, is recognized for developing a new paradigm for manipulating light and thermal radiation using metasurfaces — surfaces of artificial materials with nanoscale structures.
Overvig’s metasurface designs enable new ways to control the behavior of light with unprecedented precision and efficiency and are promising for a wide range of applications including electronic communications, medical imaging, quantum computing, and more. “I am excited and honored to be a finalist for this award, and to be recognized as part of an exemplary group of postdocs. I take it as strong motivation to continue my efforts in advancing the science and technology of light,” says Overvig.
Overvig is among three laureates and six finalists in the running for this year’s regional Blavatnik awards, which honor outstanding postdoctoral scientists from academic research institutions in three disciplinary categories: Chemistry, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Life Sciences. One laureate in each category will receive $30,000 and two finalists in each category will receive $10,000.
Overvig is a member of Distinguished Professor of Physics at The City University of New York Graduate Center Andrea Alù’s lab. Alù, founding director of the ASRC’s Photonics Initiative and Einstein Professor of Physics at the CUNY Graduate Center was named the 2021 Blavatnik National Awards Laureate in Physical Sciences and Engineering.