Stefan Enoch obtained his Ph.D. degree in 1997. He became Assistant Professor with Aix-Marseille University in 1998 and joined the CNRS in 2001. He is now a Senior Researcher with CNRS and he is Director of the Institut Fresnel, located research unit of Aix-Marseille Université, CNRS and Centrale Marseille (www.fresnel.fr). The Institute has approximately 190 researchers and raises about €6M per year from grants and industry.
Dr Enoch's research combines fundamental and applied research. His research involves the theory, modelling and engineering of the interaction between waves and their environment. Though his main contributions are in optics and more recently in microwaves, he has also made significant contributions to mechanical waves in solids. His work in optics started with fundamental investigations of the properties of photonic crystals, and has since shifted to the properties of metamaterials and their applications. He is considered an internationally recognized researcher on theory and modeling for nanophotonics. He has published about 130 research articles in top ranked journals, and he has given more than 40 invited and plenary presentations at a variety of conferences. His publications have been cited over 9600 times and his h-index is 45 (source Google Scholar, 26 March 2019).
He recently led the FET-OPEN M-CUBE project that aims to improve the resolution of MRI by generating ultra-high fields using metamaterial antennas. The grant has ten partners, including two Small to Medium Enterprises, and has a budget of €3.9M. Briefly, the quality of images of ultra-high field MRI scanners is limited by spatial inhomogeneities of the radio-frequency field. The project was awarded the Innovation Radar Prize (for Multiwave Technologies in the Best European Young SME category).
His research has attracted extensive coverage in the general and more general media: he was interviewed on French TV (TF1), French radio (Radio France, Europe 1, France Inter), and in magazines (Le Point, La Recherche, Libération, Le Figaro), as well as in Physics World, Underwater Times, and New Scientist.
He is member of the editorial board of the Journal of Modern Optics and has been Associate Editor of Optics Express from 2004 to 2012. He has also contributed to many conferences including Metamaterial’s 2017 (scientific and organization committees) and ETOPIM9 (co-convenor).He received the Bronze Medal of the CNRS in 2006 and Aix-Marseille Innovation Award (Researcher category) in 2019.