Albert Polman scientific group leader at the FOM Institute AMOLF in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where he heads the Program “Light management in new photovoltaic materials”. He is professor of Photonic materials for photovoltaics at the University of Amsterdam. Polman obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands, in 1989. He was a post-doctoral researcher at AT&T Bell Laboratories until 1991 and then became group leader at AMOLF. In 2003 he spent a sabbatical year at CALTECH. From 2006-2013 he served as director of AMOLF. Polman is member of the Executive Board of the Dutch national nano-initiative NanoNextNL. Polman's research focuses on nanophotonics: the control, understanding and application of light at the nanoscale, with special emphasis on light management in solar cells and optical metamaterials. Polman’s work has lead to two start-up companies. Polman is member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts And Sciences, Fellow of the Materials Research Society (USA), recipient of an ERC Advanced Investigator Grant (2010) and co-recipient of the ENI Renewable Energy Prize (2012).