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Dr Eros Mariani

Senior Lecturer


Telephone: 01392 724163

Extension: (Streatham) 4163


My field of research is theoretical condensed matter physics. Since my PhD I have been working on different aspects of this wide research area, as summarised below. For further details, here you can find a complete list of my publications.


Graphene and NEMS:   The main focus of my research since few years are the electromechanical properties of graphene membranes and the quantum transport in nano-electromechanical systems (NEMS).

In this area I actively collaborate with the groups of Felix von Oppen (Freie Universitaet Berlin), Guillaume Weick (Strasbourg), Maura Sassetti (Genova) and Jari Kinaret (Chalmers).

Highlight papers in graphene and NEMS:

  • R. Leturcq, C. Stampfer, K. Inderbitzin, L. Durrer, C. Hierold, Eros Mariani, M.G. Schultz, F. von Oppen and K. Ensslin, "Franck-Condon blockade in suspended carbon nanotube quantum dots", Nature Physics 5, 327 - 331 (2009)
  • Eros Mariani and F. von Oppen, "Flexural phonons in free-standing graphene", Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 076801 (2008)


Plasmonics:   I recently started a new research project on collective plasmons in arrays of metallic nanoparticles. Here we showed how interactions between the nanoparticles give rise to a tunable plasmonic bandstructure, with the emergence of chiral bosonic Dirac-like quasiparticles in 2D honeycomb arrays. 

In this area I collaborate with the groups of Bill Barnes (Exeter), Ortwin Hess (Imperial College) and Guillaume Weick and Rodolfo Jalabert (Strasbourg).

Highlight papers in plasmonics:

  • G. Weick, C. Woollacott, W. Barnes, O. Hess and Eros Mariani, "Dirac-like plasmons in honeycomb lattices of metallic nanoparticles", Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 106801 (2013)


Quantum Hall Effects and Cold Atoms:   In the past years I also worked on cold atoms and on the fractional quantum Hall effects (Chern-Simons quantum field theory, composite fermions and non-abelian quantum Hall states).

Along this line, my main collaborations have been with the groups of Ady Stern (Weizmann Institute of Science), Felix von Oppen (Freie Universitaet Berlin), Rolf Haug (Hannover), Bernhard Kramer (Bremen) and Maura Sassetti (Genova)


Education and Employment

  • 2015 - present: Senior Lecturer in Physics, Exeter University (UK)
  • 2010 - 2015: Lecturer in Physics, Exeter University (UK)
  • 2006 - 2009: Research assistant, Freie Universitaet Berlin (Germany)
  • 2003 - 2006: Feinberg Postdoctoral Fellow, Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel)
  • 2003: Ph.D in Theoretical Physics, Universitaet Hamburg (Germany)


Funded Research Projects

  • 2012-13 Royal Society Research Grant RG110429, £12K
  • 2014-16 Royal Society International Exchanges IE140367, "Ultrasharp nano-electromechanical resonators", £12K
  • 2015-18 Leverhulme Trust Research Project Grant, "Quantum Drum" RPG-2015-101, £260K


Invited presentations

Invited presentations at workshops and conferences since Jan 2008

  • RTN Workshop, Jacobs University Bremen (Germany), February 19th, 2008. Title: “Electromechanical properties of suspended graphene”
  • Italian conference of theoretical physics, Sestri Levante (Italy), June 24th, 2008. Title: “Il grafene tra QED e membrane elastiche”
  • Workshop of nanoelectronics, Jacobs University Bremen (Germany), May 2010. Title: “Flexural phonons in suspended graphene”
  • International Graphene Workshop, KITP Santa Barbara (USA), January 2012. Title: “Electromechanical properties of suspended mono- and bi-layer graphene” 
  • International conference on graphene GSS-13, Tallinn (Estonia), June 2013. Title: “Electromechanical properties of graphene membranes”
  • International conference "Atomically thin materials", Exeter (UK), April 2014. Title: “Manipulating the flavours of graphene membranes”
  • International conference "GDR I - Graphene Nanotubes", Strasbourg (France), September 2014. Title: “Manipulating the flavours of real and artificial graphene”


Contributions to the community

  • External examiner for the award of PhD degrees at Lancaster University, UK (September 2013)
  • External examiner for the award of PhD degrees at Chalmers University,  Goteborg, Sweden (November 2013)



  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Member of the American Physical Society (APS)
  • Member of the German Physical Society (DPG)



  • Feinberg Fellowship of the Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel), 2003