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Winton Programme for the Physics of Sustainability

Department of Physics

Studying at Cambridge


Dr Jan Mertens

Dr Jan Mertens

Winton Scholar

Postdoctoral Research Associate

NanoPhotonics Centre


2015: PhD in Physics, University of Cambridge, UK

2011: Masters in Physics, Philipps University Marburg, Germany

2010: Visiting Scientist, University of Toronto, Canada

2009: Bachelor in Physics, Philipps University Marburg, Germany

Research Interests

My research focuses on understanding the interaction of light with metallic nanostructures. In particular, I working on  actively controlling resonances in plasmonic nanostructures. Such structures have the potential to confine light in extremely small volumes allowing the fabrication of ultra-compact and fast sensors that can potentially find use in diagnostic and technology applications.

Currently, I am working on a new design to use electronic biasing of individual nanostructures which will allow to manipulate and tune the optical and electronic resonances of plasmonic nanostructures.

LinkedIn, NanoPhotonics Centre

    Key Publications

    1. Revealing Nanostructures through Plasmon Polarimetry
      M.-E. Kleemann, J. Mertens, X. Zheng, S. Cormier, V. Turek, F. Benz, R. Chikkaraddy, W. Deacon, A. Lombardi, V.V. Moshchalkov, G.A.E. Vandenbosch, J.J. Baumberg
      Nano Letters, (2016)
    2. Tracking Optical Welding through Groove Modes in Plasmonic Nanocavities
      J. Mertens, A. Demetriadou, R.W. Bowman, F. Benz, M.-E. Kleemann, C. Tserkezis, Y. Shi, H.Y. Yang, O. Hess, J. Aizpurua, J.J. Baumberg
      Nano Letters, 16, 5065-5611 (2016)
    3. SERS of Individual Nanoparticles on a Mirror: Size Does Matter, but so Does Shape
      F. Benz, R. Chikkaraddy, A.R. Salmon, H. Ohadi, B. de Nijs, J. Mertens, C. Carnegie, R.W. Bowman, J.J. Baumberg
      J. Phys. Chem. Letters, 7, 12 (2016)
    4. Polarisation-selective hotspots in metallic ring stack arrays
      L.J. Brooks, J. Mertens, R.W. Bowman, R. Chikkaraddy, A. Sanders, J.J. Baumberg
      Opt. Express, 24, 4 (2016)
    5. Hybridization of plasmonic antenna and cavity modes: Extreme optics of nanoparticle-on-mirror nanogaps
      C. Tserkezis, R. Esteban, D.O. Sigle, J. Mertens, L.O. Herrmann, J.J. Baumberg, J. Aizpurua
      Phys. Rev. A, 92, 053811 (2015)
    6. Scalable Microaccordion Mesh for Deformable and Stretchable Metallic Films
      J. Mertens, R.W. Bowman, J.C.W. Willis, A. Robinson, D. Cotton, R. White, K.A. Seffen, J.J. Baumberg
      Phys. Rev. Applied, 4, 044006 (2015)
    7. Capillary-Force-Assisted Optical Tuning of Coupled Plasmons
      T. Ding, J. Mertens, D.O. Sigle, J.J. Baumberg
      Adv. Mater., 27, 6457–6461 (2015)
    8. Controllable Tuning Plasmonic Coupling with Nanoscale Oxidation
      T. Ding, D.O. Sigle, L. Zhang, J. Mertens, B. de Nijs, J.J. Baumberg
      ACS Nano, 9, 6110-6118 (2015)
    9. Monitoring Morphological Changes in 2D Monolayer Semiconductors Using Atom-Thick Plasmonic Nanocavities
      D.O. Sigle, J. Mertens, L.O. Herrmann, R.W. Bowman, S. Ithurria, B. Dubertret, Y. Shi, H.Y. Yang, C. Tserkezis, J. Aizpurua, J.J. Baumberg
      ACS Nano, 9, 825–830 (2015)
    10. Excitons in a mirror: Formation of "optical bilayers" using MoS2 monolayers on gold substrates
      J. Mertens, Y. Shi, A. Molina-Sánchez, L. Wirtz, H.Y. Yang, J.J. Baumberg
      Appl. Phys. Lett. 104, 191105 (2014)
    11. Unfolding the contents of sub-nm plasmonic gaps using normalising plasmon resonance spectroscopy
      B. de Nijs, R. Bowman, L.O. Herrmann, F. Benz, S.J. Barrow, J. Mertens, D.O. Sigle, A. Eiden, A.C. Ferrari, O. Scherman, J.J. Baumberg
      Faraday Discussions, 107 (2014)
    12. Nonlinear Superchiral Meta-Surfaces: Tuning Chirality and Disentangling Non-Reciprocity at the Nanoscale
      V.K. Valev, J.J. Baumberg, B. De Clercq, N. Braz, X. Zheng, E.J. Osley, S. Vandendriessche, M. Hojeij, C. Blejean, J. Mertens, C.G. Biris, V. Volskiy, M. Ameloot, Y. Ekinci, G.A.E. Vandenbosch, P.A. Warburton, V.V. Moshchalkov, N.C. Panoiu, T. Verbiest
      Adv. Mater, 26, 4074–4081 (2014)
    13. Controlling Subnanometer Gaps in Plasmonic Dimers Using Graphene
      J. Mertens, A. Eiden, D.O. Sigle, F. Huang, A. Lombardo, Z. Sun, R.S. Sundaram, A. Colli, C. Tserkezis, J. Aizpurua, S. Milana, A.C. Ferrari, J.J. Baumberg
      Nano Letters, 13, 5033–5038 (2013)
    14. Pulse-shaper-assisted coherent control of shift currents
      K.K. Kapil, J. Mertens, M. Bieler, S. Chatterjee
      J. Opt. Soc. Am. B, 28, 470-474 (2011)