Centre Member Profile

Dragomir Neshev
Employer: Australian National University
Centre Role: Centre Director
Job Title in TMOS: TMOS Director, Professor of Physics

Research Interests:
- Periodic Photonics structures
- Singular optics
- Nonlinear nanophotonics
- 2D materials

MSc – Sofia University, Sofia, Bulgaria (Physics, 1994)
PhD – Sofia University, Sofia, Bulgaria (Physics, 1999)


Dragomir Neshev is a Professor in Physics at the Australian National University (ANU) and the Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Transformative Meta-Optical Systems (TMOS). He received the PhD degree in Physics from Sofia University, Bulgaria in 1999, in the field of nonlinear wave propagation and singular optics. Since then he has worked at several research centres in Bulgaria, The Netherlands, Spain, Germany, USA, France, and Australia. Since 2002, he has been at the ANU, where he leads the Experimental Photonics Group at the Research School of Physics.

His activities span over several branches of optics, including periodic photonic structures, singular optics, plasmonics, and optical metasurfaces. Some of his most significant research achievements are in the field of dielectric meta-optics for wavefront and emission control. These include the pioneering concept of Huygens dielectric metasurfaces, which has provided a breakthrough for achieving high-efficiency transmissive meta-optics such as meta-lenses and meta-holograms and has recently been extended to highly tunable meta-devices. His group is also a leader in the field of nonlinear metasurfaces with applications in infrared imaging and up-conversion.

Prof Neshev and his team have pioneered the development of label-free optical sensors based on dielectric metasurfaces, demonstrating biosensors with sensitivity exceeding other portable sensing technologies. Through these activities Prof Neshev and a team from six ANU Colleges have recently founded the inaugural ANU Grand Challenge “Our health in our hands,” (OHIOH). This $10M multidisciplinary research program aims to transform healthcare by developing deep personalisation of disease diagnostics and treatment.

Prof Neshev is the recipient of multiple awards, including a Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship (ARC, 2010); an Australian Research Fellowship (ARC, 2004); a Marie-Curie Individual Fellowship (European Commission, 2001); and the Academic award for best young scientist (Sofia University, 1999).

He is a Fellow of the Optical Society (OSA), a member of SPIE and the Australia and New Zealand Optical Society. He has published an edited book, six book chapters and more than 250 journal articles.