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.

  • Huang, Lujun; Xu, Lei; Rahmani, Mohsen; Neshev, Dragomir; Miroshnichenko, Andrey E (2021). Pushing the limit of high-Q mode of a single dielectric nanocavity. In: Advanced Photonics, 3 (1), pp. 016004, 2021.
  • Huang, Lujun; Krasnok, Alex; Alu, Andrea; Yu, Yiling; Neshev, Dragomir; Miroshnichenko, Andrey E (2021). Enhanced Light-Matter Interaction in Two-Dimensional Transition Metal Dichalcogenides. In: arXiv preprint arXiv:2103.11064, 2021.
  • Aoni, Rifat Ahmmed; Manjunath, Shridhar; Karawdeniya, Buddini I; Kamali, Khosro Z; Xu, Lei; Rahmani, Mohsen; Miroshnichenko, Andrey; Neshev, Dragomir (2021). Diffractive Metagrating Sensor: An Improved Technique for Response Intensification. In: CLEO: QELS_Fundamental Science, pp. FTh1K–5, Optical Society of America 2021.
  • Saadabad, Reza Masoudian; Pauly, Christian; Herschbach, Norbert; Neshev, Dragomir N; Hattori, Haroldo T; Miroshnichenko, Andrey E (2021). Highly Efficient Near-Infrared Detector Based on Optically Resonant Dielectric Nanodisks. In: Nanomaterials, 11 (2), pp. 428, 2021.
  • Komar, Andrei; Aoni, Rifat Ahmmed; Xu, Lei; Rahmani, Mohsen; Miroshnichenko, Andrey E; Neshev, Dragomir N (2021). Edge Detection with Mie-Resonant Dielectric Metasurfaces. In: ACS Photonics, 8 (3), pp. 864–871, 2021.
  • Carletti, Luca; Zilli, Attilio; Moia, Fabio; Toma, Andrea; Finazzi, Marco; Angelis, Costantino De; Neshev, Dragomir N; Celebrano, Michele (2021). Steering and encoding the polarization of the second harmonic in the visible with a monolithic LiNbO3 metasurface. In: ACS photonics, 8 (3), pp. 731–737, 2021.
  • Neshev, Dragomir N (2021). Transition-metal-dichalcogenide nonlinear dielectric metasurfaces. In: High Contrast Metastructures X, pp. 1169506, International Society for Optics and Photonics 2021.
  • Parry, Matthew; Mazzanti, Andrea; Poddubny, Alexander; Valle, Giuseppe Della; Neshev, Dragomir N; Sukhorukov, Andrey A (2021). Enhanced generation of non-degenerate photon-pairs in nonlinear metasurfaces. In: arXiv preprint arXiv:2104.07299, 2021.
  • Nauman, Mudassar; Yan, Jingshi; Ceglia, Domenico; Rahmani, Mohsen; Kamali, Khosro Zangeneh; Angelis, Costantino De; Miroshnichenko, Andrey E; Lu, Yuerui; Neshev, Dragomir N (2021). Tunable Unidirectional Nonlinear Emission from Transition-Metal-Dichalcogenide Metasurfaces. In: arXiv preprint arXiv:2105.11156, 2021.
  • Parry, Matthew; Mazzanti, Andrea; Poddubny, Alexander; Valle, Giuseppe Della; Neshev, Dragomir N; Sukhorukov, Andrey A (2021). Photon-pair Generation Via Multiple Bound States in the Continuum in Nonlinear Metasurfaces. In: CLEO: QELS_Fundamental Science, pp. FTh2J–7, Optical Society of America 2021.
  • Yang, Ziwei; Liu, Mingkai; Komar, Andrei; Xu, Lei; Neshev, Dragomir N (2021). Phase Tuning of Huygens Metasurfaces by Optical Anisotropy. In: CLEO: QELS_Fundamental Science, pp. FW2N–6, Optical Society of America 2021.
  • 2020
  • Xu, L.; Saerens, G.; Timofeeva, M.; Smirnova, D. A.; Volkovskaya, I.; Lysevych, M.; Camacho-Morales, R.; Cai, M.; Kamali, K. Zangeneh; Huang, L.; Karouta, F.; Tan, H. H.; Jagadish, C.; Miroshnichenko, A. E.; Grange, R.; Neshev, D. N.; Rahmani, M. (2020). Forward and Backward Switching of Nonlinear Unidirectional Emission from GaAs Nanoantennas. In: ACS Nano, 14 (2), pp. 1379-1389, 2020, (cited By 0).
  • Koutsares, S. R.; Tanyi, E. K.; Daniel, S. J.; Savelev, R. S.; Rahmani, M.; Neshev, D.; Shadrivov, I. V.; Noginov, M. A. (2020). Low-loss volume modes in a lamellar hyperbolic metamaterial slab. In: Journal of the Optical Society of America B: Optical Physics, 37 (4), pp. 1065-1072, 2020, (cited By 0).