Dr. Andrea Di Falco

Research Theme:
Condensed Matter and Photonics
Research Group:
St. Andrews
Email address:
Telephone number:
+44 (0)1334 463165
School of Physics & Astronomy, Physical Science Building, North Haugh, St Andrews, KY16 9SS, United Kingdom

Research interests

Dr Di Falco is a a reader in nano-photonics at the School of Physics and Astronomy, at the University of St Andrews. In 2010 he was awarded a fellowship from EPSRC, to develop the concept of flexible metamaterials and plasmonics at visible wavelengths. His interests cover different areas of photonics, from metamaterials to photonic crystals and applications of nonlinear optics and biophotonics.


Dr Di Falco is currently the module coordinator for Physics 1. He teaches the course of Plasmonics and Metamaterials at Master level. Locally he gives tutoring support, organises and mark the experimental activity and the exams. He is also a demonstrator for the Photonics Lab and responsible for the organisation of the lab tour activity within the Transferrable skills module. 

Research outputs

  1. Surface topology specific metasurface holograms DOI
    James Burch and Andrea Di Falco, ACS Photonics, Articles ASAP (2018)
  2. Persistence and lifelong fidelity of phase singularities in optical random waves DOI
    L. De Angelis, F. Alpeggiani, Andrea Di Falco and L. Kuipers, Physical Review Letters, 119, 20 (2017)
  3. Flexible nanowire cluster as wearable colorimetric humidity sensor DOI
    Zhiqiang Wei, Zhang-Kai Zhou, Qiuyu Li, Jiancai Xue, Andrea Di Falco, Zhongjian Yang, Jianhua Zhou and Xuehua Wang, Small, 13, 27 (2017)
  4. Conformable holographic metasurfaces DOI
    James Burch, Dandan Wen, Xianzhong Chen and Andrea Di Falco, Scientific Reports, 7 (2017)
  5. The dating game at dimension zero DOI
    L. De Angelis, F. Alpeggiani, A. Di Falco and L. Kuipers, creation and annihilation of phase singularities in optical random waves : OSA Technical Digest, Part F66-FiO 2017 (2017)
  6. All-optical manipulation of photonic membranes DOI
    Blair C. Kirkpatrick, Martin Ploschner, Tomas Čižmár and Andrea Di Falco, : Proceedings of SPIE (2016)
  7. Spatial distribution of phase singularities in optical random vector waves DOI
    L De Angelis, F Alpeggiani, Andrea Di Falco and L Kuipers, Physical Review Letters, 117, 9 (2016)
  8. Optothermal nonlinearity of silica aerogel DOI
    Maria Chiara Braidotti, Silvia Gentilini, Adam Fleming, Michiel Christiaan Samuels, Andrea Di Falco and Claudio Conti, Applied Physics Letters, 109, 4 (2016)
  9. Ultrafast all-optical order-to-chaos transition in silicon photonic crystal chips DOI
    Roman Bruck, Changxu Liu, Otto L Muskens, Andrea Fratalocchi and Andrea Di Falco, Laser & Photonics Reviews, 10, 4 , p. 688-695 (2016)
  10. Electrodeposition of gold templated by patterned thiol monolayers DOI
    Zhe She, Andrea Di Falco, Georg Hähner and Manfred Buck, Applied Surface Science, 373, p. 51-60 (2016)
Last updated: 17 Mar 2016 at 20:48