I am a Reader In Nanotechnology and The Royal Academy of Engineering/ Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellow, a leader of the Nanomaterials Photonic Research Theme at AIPT and a co-governor of Nanoscience Research Group.
I joined Aston University in July 2009, having spent the previous four years as Research Associate and Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Advanced Photonics and Electronics, University of Cambridge, where I was a deputy head of Nanomaterials Spectroscopy Group (predecessor of Cambridge Graphene Centre).
Prior to that, I worked three years at the Japanese Premier Nanotechnology Research Institute with a join appointment at Photonic Research Institute at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST, Tsukuba) as a holder of prestigious the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science postdoctoral Fellow and as an AIST fellow.
My research background is in advanced materials science, engineering and applied physics. I have gained a substantial work experience in nanotechnology, from engineering through to applications. I have developed optoelectronic devices and systems based on advanced functional materials. An important feature of my research is a constant focus on practical industrial applications of the obtained results.
My major scientific achievements include: •Development of nanotube-polymer composites with strong nonlinear optical properties; •First demonstration of ultrashort pulse formation in erbium doped fiber lasers and waveguide lasers by using carbon nanotube mode lockers; •First utilization of carbon nanotubes as a noise suppression filters in telecommunication systems; •First identification of exciton energy transfer as the main mechanism responsible for high luminescence in small carbon nanotube bundles •First experimental demonstration of spiral attractors in fiber lasers; •First utilization of functionalized carbon nanomaterials for hybrid nanomaterial- localised surface plasmon photonic gas sensors •Development of novel fluorescent probes base on organic dyes for detection amines, heavy metals and carbon nanomaterials.
Publication View a complete list of publications at Google Scholar.
09.2010-03.2015“Carbon Nanotubes Technologies in Pulsed Fibre Lasers for Telecom and Sensing Applications”, Proposal No 269271- Acronym: TeLaSens FP7 Marie Currie International Research Staff exchange Scheme Project, Amount awarded- €269,000 (PI and Project coordinator)
01.2011 – 04.2011“Molecular dynamic simulation of carbon nanotubes in organic solvents” High Performance Computing Europa project (HPC-EUROPA2 project number: 228398), Amount awarded- 60000 hours of CPU time (Co-PI)
04.2011–03.2012JSPS Furusato award on “Bio-Functional Nanomaterials for Sensor Applications” given by to establish collaborations with the University of Tokyo, Amount awarded- £2,000
11.2011- 10.2012“Development of Functional Nanomaterials for Photonics and Sensor Applications“, The Royal Society Research Grant (RG110136) Amount Awarded- £15,000
12.2011 – 12.2014“Novel Macromolecular Complexes for Rapid Detection of Hazardous Agents” The Science for Peace NATO (PI, NATO Project Director), Amount Awarded- €240,000 (SFP 984 189)
03.2012-05.2012Aston University Business Partnership Unit support for Knowledge Transfer Challenge Project on “The specific functionalization of the localised surface plasmon fibre optical sensor to gaseous carbon dioxide using carbon nanotubes” Amount Awarded -£7,500 (PI)
10.2013-04.2014 British Council Researcher Links 2013 project “New Advanced Materials for Photonics and Sensors”. Amount Awarded £30,000 (PI).
04.2013-02.2016“Nanomaterial Photonic Sensors for Food Manufacturing”, Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship (FP7-PEOPLE-2012-IIF, Proposal #: 330516), Amount Awarded – (€309,235) (PI)
01.2014-10.2018BBSRC Industrial Case PhD studentship “Developing new tools for understanding the in vivo distribution of vaccine adjuvants” Amount Awarded £105,000 (PI).
02.2015-02.2018“Mid-IR ultrabroadband thulium-doped fiber laser systems”, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual European Fellowship (H2020-MSCA-IF-2014_ST, Proposal #: 656984) Amount Awarded – (€195,450) (PI)
02.2015-07.2017“Functionalised Organic Complexes for rapid Sensing of Industrial Polluters” Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual European Fellowship (H2020-MSCA-IF-2014_ST, Proposal #: 654733) Amount Awarded – (€195,450) (PI)
09.2015-12.2019- “Carbon-based nano-materials for theranostic application”, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) project (H2020-MSCA-RISE-2015, Proposal # 690945) Amount Awarded (€180,000) (PI)
03.2017-07.2018 “Hybrid Photonic Gas Sensors with Functionalised Carbon Nanomaterials”, The Royal Academy of Engineering/Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship, (Project # LTSRF1617/13/57), Amount Awarded (£46,800) (PI)
Mr Mohamed AlAraimi, PhD Student ( Sponsor-Ministry of Higher Education (Oman))10/2014-09/2018.
Mr Peter Stone, PhD Student, (Sponsor- BBSRC industrial case project & Diagenode Sa)10/2014-09/2018
We are always welcome applications from enthusiastic, hard-working candidates for PhD studentships and Postdoctoral positions. The funding could be from the School or external councils.
The available projects for training are:
•Surface functionalization of nanomaterials •Development of polymer nanocomposites for photonics applications •Optical characterization of nanomaterials (UV-NIR, Photoluminescence Excitation-Emission Spectroscopy, Nonlinear Optical Spectroscopy) •Development of nanomaterials based devices: ultra-short pulse lasers, bio medical and gas sensors, micro-fluidic devices
Member of Optical Society of America Member of JSPS Alumni Society
Current Group Members
Dr Petro Lutsyk-M Sklodowska Curie Fellow
Dr Maria ChernyshevaM Sklodowska Curie- Fellow
Mr Mohamed AlAraimiPhD Student
Mr Peter StonePhD Student
Mr Igor ChernikovMSc research Student
Previous Research Group Members
Dr Chengbo Mou (post-doctoral fellow) Lecturer at Shanghai University
Dr Raz Arif, (PhD student), Associate Professor University of Sulaimani, Iraq-Kurdistan Region.
Dr Sergei Kulinich (M. Curie International Incoming Fellow), Associate Professor, Tokai University, Japan.
Mr Jan Hruby, Erasmus Research Student, Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic
Mr Martin Slama, Erasmus Research Student, Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic
Mr Semen Ponamorov, Maria Currie Project Early Stage Researcher, Institute of Semiconductor Physics, Kiev, Ukraine
Mr Yuri Fedotov, Maria Currie Project Early Stage Researcher. Novosibirsk State University, Russia
Dr Igor Yanchuk, Maria Currie Project Experienced Researcher, Institute of Semiconductor Physics, Kiev, Ukraine
Dr Volodymir Yuhkimchuk, Maria Currie Project Experienced Researcher, Institute of Semiconductor Physics, Kiev, Ukraine
Mr Martin Dvorak, Erasmus Research Student, Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic
Mr Martin Kolar, Erasmus Research Student, Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic