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Professor Eric Le Ru

Professor Eric Le Ru

Principal Investigator

Materials for Energy Capture and Utilisation

Phone:
+64 4 463 5233, ext. 7509

Address:
School of Chemical and Physical Sciences
Victoria University of Wellington
PO Box 600
Wellington 6140

Biography

Eric Le Ru studied physics at Ecole Polytechnique (Paris) and obtained a PhD in 2002, working at Imperial College London on semiconductor quantum dots for telecom applications. After a one-year postdoctoral position at Imperial College, he moved to New Zealand in 2004 as a postdoctoral fellow of the MacDiarmid institute, working with Pablo Etchegoin at Victoria University of Wellington. He is now Professor in Physics at Victoria.

Research interests

Eric's research focuses on various aspects, both theoretical and experimental, of nano-photonics, with a particular emphasis on nano-plasmonics; i.e. the study and applications of the optical properties of sub-wavelength (i.e. typically less than 100 nm) metallic objects, and related applications in surface-enhanced spectroscopies (Raman and fluorescence).

This work has resulted in over 70 publications since 2004 and was recently complemented by the publication of a book, co-authored with Pablo Etchegoin, on surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy.

By using metallic nanoparticles to boost the signal, we will be able to detect even the very smallest quantities — just one or two molecules of a substance. It’s the ultimate analytical tool.

Professor Eric Le Ru
Professor Eric Le Ru

In the news

Annual Report

The continued impact of our research - Annual Report 2018

April 8, 2019

SERS is a new field of spectroscopy that is capable of detecting single molecules. It has potential applications in sensing technologies. The research into SERS at the MacDiarmid Institute has made major contributions to this sphere.

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Annual Report

Patents and spinouts 2018 - Annual Report 2018

April 8, 2019

This article from our 2018 Annual Report provides information about the MacDiarmid Institute's latest inventions, patents and spinouts.

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Annual Report

Kōrero partnership with NZEI - Annual Report 2018

April 8, 2019

Kōrero sessions were again held around the country – with two sessions held in each of three centres (Auckland 120 attendees, Wellington 32, Christchurch 49).

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News Article

MI Investigators successful in MBIE Endeavour Round 2016 & Smart Ideas

October 18, 2016

12 of our Investigators were successful in MBIE 2016 Endeavour Round and are involved in both Smart Ideas and Research Programmes.

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