Matteo Clerici

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Professor of Photonics

School of Engineering

University of Glasgow

Advanced Research Centre

G11 6EW, Glasgow, UK


I received the Master degree (07/2006, 100/100 cum laude) and PhD (02/2010) in Physics from the Insubria University (Como, Italy). There, I worked in the group led by Prof. Di Trapani on nonlinear optics research themes, in collaboration with Profs. Degiorgio's (University of Pavia, Italy) and Lugiato's (Insubria) groups.

I have been a Postdoctoral Fellow for CNISM (2009-2010, Italy), working on extreme phase-matching through conical waves in the high-order harmonic generation process, in collaboration with Profs. Biegert's (ICFO, Spain) and Di Trapani's groups. I have been PEEE FQRNT Research Fellow (2011-2012) and Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellow (2012-2014) in the group led by Prof. Morandotti, at INRS-EMT, in Canada. There, I conducted research on plasma physics, Terahertz broadband generation and detection, bulk second- and third-order nonlinear effects and quantum optics. In 2014 I returned to Europe, at Heriot-Watt University, for the last year of the Marie Curie fellowship. There, I worked in the group led by Prof. Faccio continuing my research on nonlinear optics, imaging and ultrafast phenomena.

I was hired in October 2015 as Assistant Professor at the School of Engineering of the University of Glasgow (UK), where I have established an independent research group: UNO (Ultrafast Nonlinear Optics), dedicated to the study of time-resolved nonlinear and quantum optical effects. I become Associate Professor in June 2019 and Professor in August 2022.

I am Commission D Panel Representative for URSI-UK (Union Radio-Scientifique Internationale).


I am a co-author of nearly 70 papers in peer review journals, 190 conference papers, of which 57 invited (3 keynotes) and 3 post-deadline. I score an h-index of 30 on Google Scholar. I was the recipient of the Sergio Panizza Award issued by the Italian Physical Society (2014) for relevant contributions to photonics. I am a co-inventor on 3 patents and co-founded a spin-off company (2009-2011, Light-in-Light, promoting the diffusion of knowledge through the organisation of outreach events).

I have been General Chair (2022) and Program Chair (2021) for IPR - Optica, and was on the committee panel of international photonics conferences (Photonics North, IPR and CLEO-OSA). I was a co-organiser of the Enrico Fermi Summer School “Frontiers in Modern Optics” of the Italian Physical Society (Varenna, Italy, 2014). I am a member of the editorial board of Scientific Reports and reviewer, among others, for Science, the Nature Publishing Group (Nature Communications, Nature Photonics and Scientific Reports), the American Physical Society (Physical Review X, Letters, A, E), the American Chemical Society (ACS Photonics), the Optical Society (Optica, Optics Letters, Optics Express and others), the Institute of Physics and Wiley. I am also a reviewer for the European Research Council (ERC); H2020; the Italian Ministry of Education University and Research (MIUR); the U.S. Army Research Office; the MITACS Canada; the University of Florence; the Ontario Research Fund. I am a Full College Member of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).


  • 2019 Top 20% EPSRC – U.K. Reviewers

  • 2017 Selected and interviewed for “100 Young Italian Scientists per Cartaditalia” (Italian Cultural Institute, Brussels, 2017).

  • 12/04/2017-12/04/2023: Habilitation to Associate Professor in Physics in Italy. (Bando D.D. 1532/2016, settore concorsuale 02/b1 fisica sperimentale dellamateria, MIUR)

  • 2014 Sergio Panizza Prize (Italian Physical Society, for contribution to photonics, especially THz photonics)

  • Habilitation at “Maître de conferences” (Lecturer equivalent). Qualification n. 13230248856. Section: 30-Optics. Ministre de l’éducation nationale, de l’enseignement supérieur et de la recherche, France.

  • 04/2013 Poster Award at the International Workshop on Optical Terahertz Science and Technology (OTST), April 1-5, 2013, Kyoto, Japan.

  • 2012-2015 Marie-Curie International Outgoing Fellowship.

  • 2011-2012 MELS Postdoctoral fellowship (V2) (1st rank), FQRNT.

  • 2009-2010 Assegno di ricerca (Research award).


  • 2021-Today: Lecturer for "Engineering Mathematics 2" (ENG2086), 2nd year, School of Engineering, University of Glasgow .

  • 2015-Today: Lecturer and Convenor for "Engineering Electromagnetics 2" (ENG2031), 2nd year, School of Engineering, University of Glasgow

  • 2017-Today: Converor for "Design Special Topic 5" (ENG5026), 5th year, School of Engineering, University of Glasgow

  • 2016-2018: Lecturer for "Microwaves and Optical Transmission Systems" (ENG4100), 4th year, School of Engineering, University of Glasgow