Costas Soukoulis receives honorary doctorate from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel

On May 25th, 2011, Prof. Dr. Costas Soukoulis was awarded an honorary doctorate (doctor honoris causa) from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Prof. Soukoulis is a senior scientist and distinguished professor at Ames Laboratory–U.S. DOE/Iowa State University (USA) and University of Crete (Greece) working on solid state physics and photonics. He is an expert in the development of models for wave propagation in complex media and pioneered research on photonic crystals, metamaterials, random lasers, nonlinear systems and amorphous semiconductors.

His most recent breakthroughs are situated in the field of metamaterials. In these new types of materials, atoms are replaced by small electric circuits to obtain electromagnetic properties not found in natural materials. Metamaterials are currently already used in wireless communications such as smartphones and WiFi devices, and have profoundly changed our understanding of the light-matter interaction. The research of Prof. Soukoulis was awarded with important prizes in the United States and with the Descartes Prize–the top scientific award from the European Union.

In the video below, Prof. Dr. Irina Veretennicoff and Prof. Dr. Jan Danckaert, the chairman of the APHY research group, present the work of Dr. h. c. Costas Soukoulis.