Dr. Plum is a Principal Research Fellow. He has been leading work on active and switchable metamaterials since 2010. After undergraduate studies at RWTH Aachen (Germany), University of Southampton (UK) and as a Fulbright Scholar at New Mexico Tech (USA), Dr. Plum joined the metamaterials research group at Southampton's Optoelectronics Research Centre. He is a Marconi Young Scholar and he was awarded the IOP thesis prize (QEP group) for his PhD thesis on "Chirality and Metamaterials". Thereafter, he has been an Advanced Leverhulme Trust Fellow (2010-2015) and received a Dean's Award. More recently, he has been serving on the University of Southampton Senate, as Zepler Insitute admissions tutor and board member of the Marconi Society Young Scholars.
His main research interests lie in the areas of nanomechanical metamaterials, interactions of matter with standing waves and chiral effects in metamaterials.