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Another Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship at AMI

The Adolphe Merkle Institute (AMI) will be home to yet another prestigious Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow. Esteban Bermudez, a member of AMI’s Soft Matter Physics group, has been awarded the grant for his HELICOID project. This study will focus on helicoidal multi-layered structures found in nature, such as in certain Scarab beetles that have the unique property of selectively reflecting circularly polarized light. This property arises from how light interacts with the internal stacking of chitin nano-sized fibrils, which exhibit a "twisted" angle relative to each other. Bermudez also aims to assemble artificial photonic devices inspired by these natural structures such as novel circular polarization mirrors and filters. A citizen of Costa Rica, the photonics specialist is currently the beneficiary of a Swiss Government Excellence Fellowship. He is also the third current member of the AMI staff to benefit from a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship.

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