Simone De Liberato obtained a bachelor degree in Electronic Engineering from Politecnico di Milano, a bachelor and master degrees in Physics from École Normale Supérieure in Paris, and a PhD degree from the Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7.

He has been Marie Curie IEF Fellow, Postdoctoral Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, and University Research Fellow of the Royal Society. He is full professor of quantum nanophotonics at the University of Southampton in UK, where he has directed for ten years the Quantum Theory and Technology laboratory, and he is Primo Ricercatore at CNR-IFN.

He won the Philip Leverhulme Prize of the Leverhulme Trust, the Deeptech Founders European Prize, the Dean’s Award for Early Career Researchers of the University of Southampton, the Prix Jeune Chercheur Daniel Guinier of the French Physical Society, and the Graduation Prize of the Politecnico di Milano.

His main research interest is solid-state cavity quantum electrodynamics, the investigation of the interaction between light and matter at the nanoscale. In those systems the interaction between light and matter can become strong enough for them to fusion together, giving rise to polaritons, half-light half-matter particles with exotic and tunable properties.

Other topics spanned by his researches include quantum foundations, quantum technologies, nanotechnologies, and photonics. At CNR-IFN his research focus on the development of mid-infrared sensors based on polaritonic technology.

He is also passionate about scientific entrepreneurship and technology transfer. He teaches masterclasses of scientific entrepreneurship, has created multiple successful technological startups, and collaborates with deep-tech VC to identify and promote entrepreneurial project born in the public research sector. More information can be found on his personal website

Research Activity

Solid-state cavity quantum electrodynamics

Research Unit


Contact details

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20133 Milano, Italy
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