Rachel Grange

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  • Physicist
  • Academic
  • ERC Starting Grant (2016)
  • Humboldt-Research Alumni Award from the Abbe Center of Photonics (2014)
Academic background
  • BSc degree in physics
  • MSc degree in physics
  • PhD in natural science
Alma mater
  • Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne
  • ETH Zurich
ThesisUltrafast laser physics
Doctoral advisorProf. Ursula Keller

Rachel Grange, is a Swiss physicist, academic and Assistant Professor in Optical Nanomaterials Group at the Department of Physics, Institute for Quantum Electronics in the ETH Zurich . Her research is focused on optoelectronics and photonics; particularly, nanoscale investigation of photonic properties of unusual structures[1].

Academic career

She has received her BSc and MSc degree in physics in 2002 from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, and PhD in natural sciences in 2006 from the Department of Physics at ETH Zurich. Her career in photonics started with her PhD project on ultrafast laser physics under the supervision of Prof. Ursula Keller at ETH Zurich. After obtaining her PhD, she then served as a scientific advisorat the State Secreteriat for Education and Research at the Swiss government in Bern and at the Working Party on Nanotechnology at OECD, Paris until 2010 [2]. Concurrently, she continued her academic career as a post-doctoral researcher in the group of Prof. Demetri Psaltis at EPFL in the fields of applied nonlinear optics for imaging applications, nano-optics and optofluidics. She worked on nonlinear bioimaging with metal-oxide nanoparticles [3]. Afterwards, in 2011 she started working as a junior group leader with the Carl Zeiss Foundation grant at the Institute of Applied Physics (IAP), Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena, Germany and held this position until 2014. In 2015, she received the SNSF Professorship grant, followed by ERC Starting grant and was appointed as Assistant Professor of Physics at ETH Zurich and started her research lab, Optical Nanomaterial Group[4]. She is an author of a chapter of several books [5][6], more than 80 peer-reviewed journal articles with over 2900 citations[7][8].

Her expertise includes integrated photonics, nanomaterials, nonlinear optics. She develops top-down and buttom-up fabricated nanostructures with metal-oxides, particulary lithium niobate and barium titanate and semiconductor galium arsenide. In 2019, she received the Proof of Concept Grant of European Research Council with the high resolution nonscanning multiphoton polarimetric microscope, 'PolarNon', to develop an industrial prototype for commercialization of their research. Possible future uses of PolarNon includes non-destructive testing and quality control of materials or optoelectronic components in the semiconductor industry and of metallic or ceramic alloys in the aerospace industry [9].


She is a member of European Optical Society (EOS), American Chemical Society (ACS), European Physical Society (EPS) and Optical Society of America (OSA).

  • 2016: ERC Starting Grant
  • 2014: Humboldt-Research Alumni Award from the Abbe Center of Photonics

In the media


  1. "Research". ong.ethz.ch. Retrieved 2020-05-14.
  2. "Engineer of light – Science Stories". Retrieved 2020-05-14.
  3. "Rachel Grange". Complex Nanophotonics Science Camp. Retrieved 2020-05-14.
  4. "Homepage - Optical Nanomaterial Group". ong.ethz.ch. Retrieved 2020-05-14.
  5. Sergeyev, Anton; Grange, Rachel (2017-01-01), Glückstad, Jesper; Palima, Darwin (eds.), "Chapter 8 - Enhanced second-harmonic generation in lithium niobate nanowires used for localized light delivery", Light Robotics: Structure-Mediated Nanobiophotonics, Nanophotonics, Elsevier, pp. 237–263, doi:10.1016/b978-0-7020-7096-9.00008-2, ISBN 978-0-7020-7096-9, retrieved 2020-05-14
  6. Rachel; Dutto, Fabrizia; Radenovic, Aleksandra (2011-07-18), Hashim, Abbass (ed.), "Niobates Nanowires: Synthesis, Characterization and Applications", Nanowires - Implementations and Applications, InTech, doi:10.5772/19659, ISBN 978-953-307-318-7, retrieved 2020-05-14
  7. "Rachel Grange's ResearchGate profile".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. "Rachel Grange - Citations Google Scholar". scholar.google.de. Retrieved 2020-05-14.
  9. "Rachel Grange awarded ERC Proof of Concept Grant". www.phys.ethz.ch. Retrieved 2020-05-14.

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