Alberto Curto

Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Classical and physical optics
    • Photonics, optoelectronics and optical communications
    • Spectroscopic methods
    • Optical properties of materials
  • Engineering and technology
    • Nanophotonics
    • Photodetectors, optical sensors and solar cells
    • Sensors, biosensors and smart sensors not elsewhere classified
Nano-optics Nanophotonic sensing Chiral sensing Chirality Nanophotonic materials
Alberto G. Curto is a professor in Photonics at Ghent University and IMEC. The goal of Curto's research is to find new and improved ways of making light interact with very small matter such as molecules. He is developing semiconductor nanophotonics for sensing, imaging, and spectroscopy. His current research interests span from the optics and optoelectronics of atomically thin semiconductors to chirality in nano-optics. Before joining Ghent University, he launched his research lab at Eindhoven University of Technology. Prior to that, Prof. Curto was a postdoctoral Marie Curie fellow at Stanford University in the United States working on metal and semiconductor nano-optics and on layered 2D semiconductors. His PhD research at ICFO-The Institute of Photonic Sciences focused on nano-antennas as optical elements for enhanced interaction of light with nanoscale matter. Prof. Curto was the recipient of an NWO START-UP Grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (2018) and an ERC Starting Grant from the European Research Council (2020). In 2021 he was designated as OSA Senior Member of the Optical Society. For more information, visit