Konstantinos (Costas) Valagiannopoulos is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics of the new Nazarbayev University (NU), Kazakhstan. He obtained his Degree on Electrical and Computer Engineering (1999-2004) and pursued his PhD (2004-2009) in Electromagnetic Theory at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece. He joined (2010-2015) Aalto University, Finland as a member of Theoretical and Applied Electromagnetics of Complex Media group (meta.aalto.fi), while he performed a long-term research visit (2014-2015) to University of Texas at Austin, USA collaborating with the Metamaterials and Plasmonics Laboratory (users.ece.utexas.edu/~aalu).
His research interests are divided into two categories. (i) Devices controlling electromagnetic fields including absorbers and energy transfer/harvesting, cloaks and invisibility, structures exploiting or related to Aharonov-Bohm (AB) quantum effect and field/radiation enhancement. (ii) Materials employed in these devices including hyperbolic metamaterials, graphene and other controllable 2D media, parity-time (PT) symmetric structures and realistic mimic of exotic electromagnetic properties by conventional materials.
During his career he has received the following awards, in April 2016, he was elevated to IEEE Senior Member. In December of 2015 he received the Journal of Optics Research Excellence Award 2015. In May of 2008 he received the International Chorafas Award for the Best Doctoral Thesis. He has won an Newton Al-Farabi award.
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