Maximilian A. Weissflog

Research Interests

  • Nonlinear Nanooptics
  • Quantum Optics
  • Photon-Pair Generation
  • Experimental Nanooptics
  • Optical Modeling


  • Master of Science, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany
  • Bachelor of Engineering, Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule Amberg-Weiden, Germany

Achievements & Awards

  • “Travel Grant Student Award” by European Physical Society QEOD-Division for outstanding contribution to conference CLEO/EQEC 2023 in Munich, Germany (07/2023)
  • 2nd Poster Prize sponsored by Nanophotonics journal and CNR-INO during 2nd Colloquium on Metasurfaces in Florence, Italy (07/2022)
  • Award for best Master Thesis at Faculty of Physics and Astronomy at Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany (11/2020)
  • Award for “Excellent Bachelor Thesis” at “Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule Amberg-Weiden”, Amberg, Germany (03/2017)


  • Generate

Mr Weissflog is an applied physics researcher and engineer, currently developing new types of quantum light sources as part of his PhD work. He uses semiconductor-based nanostructures to generate quantum light for imaging, cryptography and computing applications, aiming to bring these light sources onto an easily scalable and highly compact platform. Going cross-discipline from an applied bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering combined with industry work to a heavily research oriented master’s course in photonics has made him good at two things: rapidly adapting to new challenges and engineering solutions that work in practice, as well as diving into and applying cutting-edge theoretical concepts. Having received awards for both, his bachelor thesis in industry (Siemens AG) as well as his master thesis in fundamental research (University Jena, Germany and Australian National University, Canberra, Australia) He is enjoying working and bridging between both, the industrial and academic world. Since he believes that the best solutions are always created by exchanging ideas with people from all professional and personal backgrounds, he has served since 2019 as organizer and in 2022 as chair of Germany’s largest doctoral student conference in photonics. Mr Weissflog is looking forward to what comes next!

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