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.
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
November 18, 2021
Principal Investigator Eric Le Ru, awarded the Hector Medal for research in analytical chemistry at the nanoscale using surface-enhanced spectroscopies.
November 3, 2021
MacDiarmid Institute led research received $6.2 million funding in 2021 Te Pūtea Rangahau a Marsden, the Marsden Fund.
In The Media
October 21, 2021
Tiny chunks of plastic are in our skies and they may be helping cool the climate, according to research published in Nature.
May 27, 2020
This article from our 2019 Annual Report provides information about the MacDiarmid Institute's latest inventions, patents and spinouts.
May 26, 2020
Funding successes for our investigators and their research programmes during 2019. This funding enables our researchers and collaborators to continue their breakthrough research in advanced materials and nanotechnology.
May 25, 2020
In partnership with the New Zealand Education Institute (NZEI), we held Kōrero sessions teaching nanoscience to early childhood and primary teachers.
November 5, 2019
MacDiarmid Institute-led advanced materials and nanotechnology research received $4.1 million funding through the 2019 Marsden Fund.
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.
April 8, 2019
This article from our 2018 Annual Report provides information about the MacDiarmid Institute's latest inventions, patents and spinouts.
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).
October 18, 2016
12 of our Investigators were successful in MBIE 2016 Endeavour Round and are involved in both Smart Ideas and Research Programmes.