Lucas Vazquez Besteiro

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Engineering materials in the nanoscale has opened up a wealth of novel phenomena which are not accessible to naturally occurring materials, bringing exciting developments with applications in many different technologies. Within nanoscience, my current research interests are centered around light-matter interaction, particularly in plasmonic systems. The coherent excitation of charge carriers in nanostructured materials is a resonant process that strongly couples with light at frequencies that depend on the geometric properties of the system, allowing for a large degree of spectral tunability. In particular, I use theoretical and computational models to study the usage of plasmonic nanostructures in solar energy harvesting, photodetection, biosensing and nanoscale energy transfer and heat generation, as well as to study fundamental physical properties of these systems.





PhD in Material Science, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, 2014
MSc in Physics of Complex Systems, Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia, 2015
MSc in Material Science, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, 2009
BSc in Physics, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, 2008


  1. Zhenhe Xu, Md Golam Kibria, Bandar AlOtaibi, Paul N Duchesne, Lucas V Besteiro, Yu Gao, Qingzhe Zhang, Zetian Mi, Peng Zhang, Alexander O Govorov, Liqiang Mai, Mohamed Chaker, Dongling Ma. Towards enhancing photocatalytic hydrogen generation: Which is more important, alloy synergistic effect or plasmonic effect? Applied Catalysis B: Environmental 221, 77 (2018)
  2. Lucas V Besteiro, Xiang-Tian Kong, Zhiming Wang, Gregory Hartland, Alexander O Govorov. Understanding Hot-Electron Generation and Plasmon Relaxation in Metal Nanocrystals: Quantum and Classical Mechanisms, ACS Photonics 4, 11 (2017)
  3. Alessandro Cecconello, Lucas V. Besteiro, Alexander O. Govorov, Itamar Wilner. Chiroplasmonic DNA-Based Nanostructures, Nature Reviews Materials 2, 17039 (2017)
  4. Gregory V. Hartland, Lucas V. Besteiro, Paul Johns, Alexander O. Govorov. What’s So Hot about Electrons in Metal Nanoparticles? ACS Energy Letters (2017)
  5. Eva-Maria Roller, Lucas V. Besteiro, Claudia Pupp, Larousse Khosravi Khorashad, Alexander O. Govorov, Tim Liedl. Hot spot-mediated non-dissipative and ultrafast plasmon passage, Nature Phys. (2017)
  6. Lucas V. Besteiro, Hui Zhang, Jerome Plain, Gil Markovich, Zhiming Wang, Alexander Govorov. Aluminum Nanoparticles with Hot Spots for Plasmon-Induced Circular Dichroism of Chiral Molecules in the UV Spectral Interval, Adv. Opt. Mater. (2017)
  7. Alberto Naldoni, Urcan Guler, Zhuoxian Wang, Marcello Marelli, Francesco Malara, Xiangeng Meng, Lucas V. Besteiro, Alexander O. Govorov, Alexander V. Kildishev, Alexandra Boltasseva, Vladimir M. Shalaev. Broadband Hot Electron Collection for Solar Water Splitting with Plasmonic Titanium Nitride, Adv. Opt. Mater. (2017)
  8. Lucas V. Besteiro, Kivanc Gungor, Hilmi Volkan Demir, Alexander O. Govorov. Simple and Complex Metafluids and Metastructures With Sharp Spectral Features in a Broad Extinction Spectrum: Particle-Particle Interactions and Testing the Limits of the Beer-Lambert Law, J. Phys. Chem. C 121, 2987 (2017)
  9. Lucas V. Besteiro, Alexander O. Govorov. Amplified Generation of Hot Electrons and Quantum Surface Effects in Nanoparticle Dimers with Plasmonic Hot Spots, J. Phys. Chem. C 120, 19329 (2016)
  10. Larousse Khosravi Khorashad, Lucas V. Besteiro, Zhiming Wang, Jason Valentine, Alexander O. Govorov. Localization of Excess Temperature Using Plasmonic Hot Spots in Metal Nanostructures: Combining Nano-Optical Antennas with the Fano Effect, J. Phys. Chem. C 120, 13215 (2016)
  11. Jihua Yang, Nicolaas J. Kramer, Katelyn S. Schramke, Lance M. Wheeler, Lucas V. Besteiro, Christopher J. Hogan Jr., Alexander O. Govorov, Uwe R. Kortshagen. Broadband Absorbing Exciton−Plasmon Metafluids with Narrow Transparency Windows, Nano Lett. 16, 1472 (2016)
  12. Mee Rahn Kim, Hassan A. Hafez, Xin Chai, Lucas V. Besteiro, Long Tan, Tsuneyuki Ozaki, Alexander O. Govorov, Ricardo Izquierdo, Dongling Ma. Covellite CuS nanocrystals: realizing rapid microwave-assisted synthesis in air and unravelling the disappearance of their plasmon resonance after coupling with carbon nanotubes, Nanoscale 8, 12946 (2016)
  13. Wei Li, Zachary J. Coppens, Lucas V. Besteiro, Wenyi Wang, Alexander O. Govorov, Jason Valentine. Circularly polarized light detection with hot electrons in chiral plasmonic metamaterials, Nat. Commun. 6, 8379 (2015)
  14. Hayk Harutyunyan, Alex B.F. Martinson, Daniel Rosenmann, Larousse Khosravi Khorashad, Lucas V. Besteiro, Alexander O. Govorov, Gary P. Wiederrecht. Anomalous ultrafast dynamics of hot plasmonic electrons in nanostructures with hot spots, Nat. Nanotechnol. 10, 770 (2015)
  15. Lucas V. Besteiro, Luis Tortajada, J. Souto, L.J. Gallego, James R. Chelikowsky, M.M.G. Alemany. Doping efficiency in n-type InP nanowires, Phys. Rev. B 88, 115310 (2013)
  16. Luis Tortajada, Lucas V. Besteiro, Murilo L. Tiago, L.J. Gallego, James R. Chelikowsky, M.M.G. Alemany. Multidimensional nanoscale materials from fused quantum dots, Phys. Rev. B 84, 205326 (2011)
  17. Lucas V. Besteiro, Luis Tortajada, Murilo L. Tiago, L.J. Gallego, James R. Chelikowsky, M.M.G. Alemany. n-type doping via avoiding the stabilization of DX centers in InP quantum dots, Phys. Rev. B 81, 121307 (2010)