Natalia Litchinitser

Natalia Litchinitser

Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Litchinitser holds a Ph.D. Electrical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Her primary focus is on metamaterials that manipulate the visible portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. Litchinitser began her work with metamaterials as a research scientist at the University of Michigan, and joined the faculty at the University of Buffalo in 2008. Over the next decade, she became one of the leading experts in optical metamaterials. Currently, Litchinitser’s research focuses on topological photonics, which seek to direct light around tight corners using tiny waveguides that prevent photons from scattering. She is Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA), and a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Professor of Physics

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  • Ph.D. Illinois Institute of Technology, 1997

Research Interests

Nanophotonics; Photonic Metamaterials; Nonlinear Optics; Fiber Optics; Photonic Crystal Fibers

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Shalaev, MI; Walasik, W; Tsukernik, A; Xu, Y; Litchinitser, NM, Robust topologically protected transport in photonic crystals at telecommunication wavelengths., Nature Nanotechnology (2018) [10.1038/s41565-018-0297-6] [abs].