Christos Argyropoulos

Adjunct Faculty

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D., Queen Mary, University of London
  • M.Sc., The University of Manchester
  • Diploma, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

PhD Vacancies

I am currently seeking several PhD students to join my recently established group. If you are an exceptional candidate with an interest in electromagnetics, plasmonics, metamaterials or photonics please contact me:
Previous experience in computational electromagnetic simulation codes (FDTD, FEM) or software packages (COMSOL, Lumerical, CST) is highly desired. Several fellowships exist to support your studies with funds provided by different sources. 


2020 - present Tenured Associate Professor

2014 - 2020 Assistant Professor

Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

Research on metamaterials, metasurfaces, plasmonics, nanophotonics and novel antennas.


9/2013-8/2014      Postdoctoral Associate, Center for Metamaterials and Integrated Plasmonics

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University, USA

Worked under the supervision of Prof. David Smith on analytical, computational and experimental aspects of nonlinear plasmonic and metamaterial structures, tunable and reconfigurable metadevices.


2011-Aug 2013    Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Texas at Austin, Department of Electronical and Computer Engineering, Metamaterials and Plasmonics research group, USA

Worked under the supervision of Prof. Andrea Alu on linear and nonlinear plasmonics, thermal emitters, energy harvesting devices and metamaterials.


2009-present   Reviewer in ACS Nano Letters, Applied Physics Letters Optics Express, Optics Letters, Nanophotonics, JOSA A, JOSA B, Photonics and Nanostructures – Fundamentals and Applications, PIER, IEEE Transactions on Antenna and Propagation, IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters, Journal of Applied Physics, Radio Science, IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology, Advanced Electromagnetics, Chinese Physics B, EPJ Applied Metamaterials, FERMAT and numerous conferences.

Areas of Research and Professional Interest

Linear and nonlinear plasmonics and nanophotonics, metamaterials and their applications, antenna design, transformation electromagnetics, photonics, active, tunable and reconfigurable metadevices, acoustic/thermal metamaterials, microwave/mm-wave/THz engineering, novel optical interconnects, thermal emission from plasmonic structures, graphene nanophotonics, novel energy harvesting devices and computational electromagnetics.


Ultra-broadband Absorption in PV Cells Using Plasmonic Patterned Metasurfaces, International Patent, Provisional Application No. P57423WO/MWG.

Courses Taught

About Christos Argyropoulos

Christos Argyropoulos received the Diploma of Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (2006). He holds a M.Sc. degree in Communication Engineering from the Microwaves and Communication Systems group of the University of Manchester, UK (2007) and a Ph.D. degree in Electronic Engineering from the Antennas and Electromagnetics Group of the Queen Mary, University of London, UK (2011). After completion of his PhD studies (2011), he accepted a Postdoctoral Fellowship position in the University of Texas at Austin, USA. Next (2013), he worked as a Postdoctoral Associate in the Center for Metamaterials and Integrated Plasmonics at Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University, USA. Currently, he is an Associate Professor at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Department of Electrical Engineering.

He has published over 180 technical papers in highly ranked journals and refereed conference proceedings, including 6 book chapters. He has received several travel and research awards, such as 2019 ONR Young Investigator Award, 2017 Young Scientist Award from URSI, 2017 ONR Summer Faculty Fellowship, Junior Researcher Award of the 2013 Raj Mittra Travel Grant, EPSRC Research Scholarship, Royal Academy of Engineering international travel grant and twice the Marie Curie Actions Grant to attend the European School of Antennas. He has given several invited talks and seminars to different conferences and universities. 

Honors and Awards


7 Mar 2014          Invited to chair session titled "Plasmonics and Metamaterials" at the American Physical Society March Meeting, March 3-7, 2014, Denver, Colorado, USA.


April / 2013         Junior Researcher Award of the 2013 Raj Mittra Travel Grant, IEEE

Competitive and prestigious award based upon the candidate's potential or demonstrated aptitude for research in the areas of electromagnetics, antennas and propagation. Awarded to one postdoctoral junior scientist each year to attend the major conference in the field of antennas and propagation (IEEE APS 2013). 


8 Feb 2013          Invited seminar talk

Title: Nonlinear plasmonic devices and ultrabroadband light concentrators/absorbers

 Invited seminar talk at a colloquium organized by University of Heriot Watt, Institute of Sensors, Signals and Systems in Edinburgh, UK.


2007- 2010          Full-time EPSRC Research Scholarship

Antennas & Electromagnetics Group, Queen Mary, University of London

Covers tuition fees and living expenses.


Sept / 2010           Spotlight on Optics: highlighted articles from OSA journals

Our paper: “FDTD analysis of the optical black hole,” has been selected for Spotlight on Optics by Optical Society of America.


May / 2010          International Travel Grant, The Royal Academy of Engineering

Competitive and prestigious grant. Awarded to attend a major conference in the field of electrical engineering (IEEE APS 2010). 


Oct / 2009            Marie Curie Actions Grant, EuropeanSchool of Antennas

Awarded to limited number of graduate students to attend the course: Artificial EBG Surfaces and Metamaterial for Antennas. 


Selected Publications

[1]    G. M. Akselrod, C. Argyropoulos, T. B. Hoang, C. Ciracì, C. Fang, J. Huang, D. R. Smith, M. H. Mikkelsen, “Probing the mechanisms of large Purcell enhancement in plasmonic nanoantennas”, Nature Photonics, vol. 8, pp. 835–840, 2014.

[2]   C. Argyropoulos, P.-Y. Chen, G. D’Aguanno, and A. Alù, “Temporal soliton excitation in an ε-near-zero plasmonic metamaterial”, Optics Letters, vol. 39, pp. 5566-5569, 2014.

[3]   J. Lee, M. Tymchenko, C. Argyropoulos, P.-Y. Chen, F. Lu, F. Demmerle, G. Boehm, M.-C. Amann, A. Alù, and M. A. Belkin, “Giant nonlinear response from plasmonic metasurfaces coupled to intersubband polaritons”, Nature, vol. 511, pp. 65–69, 2014. (press coverage by, nanowerk)

[4]   C. Argyropoulos, G. D’Aguanno, and A. Alù, “Giant second harmonic generation efficiency and ideal phase matching with a double e-near-zero cross-slit metamaterial”, Physical Review B, vol. 89, pp. 235401, 2014.

[5]   C. Argyropoulos, N. M. Estakhri, F. Monticone, and A. Alù, “Negative refraction, gain and nonlinear effects in hyperbolic metamaterials”, Optics Express, Focus Issue on Hyperbolic Metamaterials: Fundamentals and Applications, vol. 21, No. 12, pp. 15037-15047, 2013.


Recent Presentations

[1]   C. Argyropoulos, C. Ciracì, and D. R. Smith, “Enhanced tunability and optical nonlinearity with film-coupled plasmonic nanoantennas,” Gordon Research Conference on Plasmonics: Manipulating Light Matter Interaction at the Nanoscale, Sunday River Resort, Newry, ME, USA, July 6-11, 2014.

[2]   C. Argyropoulos, C. Ciracì, and D. R. Smith, “Enhanced Nonlinear Optical Effects with Extremely Coupled Plasmonic Systems,” META 2014, the 5th International Conference on Metamaterials, Photonic Crystals and Plasmonics, Singapore, May 20-23, 2014.

[3]   C. Argyropoulos, “Tunable and nonlinear film-coupled plasmonic nanoantennas,” Materials Meet Metamaterials, AFOSR Workshop, UCSD, La Jolla, CA, April 24, 2014. 

[4]   C. Argyropoulos, C. Ciracì, and D. R. Smith, “Enhanced nonlinear optical processes with film-coupled plasmonic nanoantennas,” APS March Meeting 2014, Denver, CO, USA, March 3-7, 2014. 

[5]   C. Argyropoulos, G. D’Aguanno, and A. Alù, “Nonlinear Optical Effects in Epsilon-Near-Zero Plasmonic Waveguides and Metamaterials,” Frontiers in Optics 2013, Orlando, FL, USA, October 6-10, 2013.