Vinod Menon, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Physics, The City College of New York
  • Professor of Physics, CUNY Graduate Center
  • Affiliate Faculty, Nanoscience Initiative


Department of Physics, The City College of New York (Profile)

Research Interests

Research in the Laboratory for Nano and Micro Photonics (LaNMP) can be best summarized as exploration of light-matter interaction at the nanoscale. The main research focus areas are development of structures that confine light to enhance the strength of light-matter interaction such as nanocavities and artificially engineered optical materials such metamaterials and hybrid excitonic materials that display optoelectronic properties that surpass naturally occurring materials. These focus areas are motivated by the quest to develop next generation computing technologies including those that exploit the quantum property of light, ultrasensitive sensors, and high efficiency energy harvesting systems.

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Job History

  • 2014 – Current: Professor of Physics, The City College of New York & The Graduate Center, CUNY
  • 2012 – 2013: Visiting Scholar, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA
  • 2004 – 2014: Assistant/Associate Professor, Queens College & The Graduate Center, CUNY
  • 2001 – 2004: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Princeton University, NJ
  • 2001: Ph.D, University of Massachusetts, MA


M. Khatoniar, R. Bushati, A. Mekawy, F. Dirnberger, A. Alù, and V. M. Menon, “Relaxing Symmetry Rules for Nonlinear Optical Interactions in Van der Waals Materials via Strong Light–Matter Coupling,” ACS Photonics, Vol. 9, No. 2, pp. 503-510, (2022) 

S. Guddala, F. Komissarenko, S. Kiriushechkina, A. Vakulenko, M. Li, V. M. Menon, A. Alù, and A. B. Khanikaev, “Topological Phonon-Polariton Funneling in Midinfrared Metasurfaces,” Science, Vol 374, No. 6564, pp. 225-227, (2021). 

M. Li, I. Sinev, F. Benimetskiy, T. Ivanova, E. Khestanova, S. Kiriushechkina, A. Vakulenko, S. Guddala, M. Skolnick, V. Menon, D. Krizhanovskii, A. Alù, A. Samusev, and A. B. Khanikaev, “Experimental Observation of Topological Z2 Exciton-Polaritons in Transition Metal Dichalcogenide Monolayers,” Nature Communications, Vol. 12, 4425 (2021). 

S. Guddala, Y. Kawaguchi, F. Komissarenko, S. Kiriushechkina, A. Vakulenko, K. Chen, A. Alù, V. M. Menon, and A. B. Khanikaev, “All-Optical Nonreciprocity Due to Valley Polarization Pumping in Transition Metal Dichalcogenides,” Nature Communications, Vol. 12, 3746 (2021). 

Y. Kawaguchi, M. Li, K. Chen, V. Menon, A. Alù, and A. B. Khanikaev, “Optical Isolator Based on Chiral Light-Matter Interactions in a Ring Resonator Integrating a Dichroic Magneto-Optical Material,Applied Physics Letters, Special Topic Collection on Metastructures: From Physics to Application, Vol. 118, No. 24, 241104 (2021) (invited paper). 

N.V. Proscia, Z. Shotan, H. Jayakumar, P. Redy, A. Alkauskas, M. Doherty, C. A. Meriles, and V.M. Menon, Near deterministic activation of room temperature quantum emitters in hBN, Optica, 2018, 5, 1128.

X. Liu, T. Galfsky, Z. Sun, F. Xia, E.-c. Lin, Y.-H. Lee, S. Kéna-Cohen and V.M. Menon, Strong light–matter coupling in two-dimensional atomic crystalsNature Photonics2015, 9, 30-34.

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