Dr Alex Rozhin

Alex Rozhin
Phone number
+44 (0) 121 204 34 94


Room number
615 NW

I joined School of Engineering and Applied Science 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. Prior to that, I spent 3 years at the Nanotechnology Research Institute and Photonic Research Institute at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Tsukuba, Japan as JSPS postdoctoral Fellow and 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 novel materials. An important feature of my research is a constant focus on practical industrial applications of the obtained results. Starting from my pioneering work presented at the Optical Fibre Communication Conference in 2003, in which we demonstrate the first ever nano-tube-based laser operating at 1.5 micron many of my results had an immediate impact on the research and industrial communities.

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
  • 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 laser science.

Qualifications & Education

  • PhD in Solid State Physics, Institute for Semiconductor Physics, National Academy of Science of Ukraine (NASU), Kiev Ukraine, 2001
  • MSc with qualification Physicist, Engineer Optician, Lecturer of Physics,  Department of Optics and Optoelectronics,  Faculty of Physics, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kiev, 1998
  • Diploma in Radioecology, 1998, Ukrainian Radiological Training Centre, Kiev, Ukraine
  • Certificate in Innovations and Technology Management , Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge, 2009

  • 08.2012 – present Senior Lecturer in Nanotechnology, Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies (AIPT), School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University, Birmingham, UK
  • Laser Protection Supervisor for AIPT and the Electrical Engineering Subject Group.
  • 07.2009 – 07.2012    Lecturer in Nanotechnology, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University, Birmingham, UK
  • 03.2005 - 06.2009    Senior Research Associate (from October 2008) & Research Associate, Centre for Advanced Photonics and Electronics, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, UK
  • 05.2002 - 03.2005    JSPS & AIST Postdoctoral Fellowship, Nanotechnology Research Institute & Photonics Research Institute, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Tsukuba, Japan
  • 05.2001-05.2002 Researcher, Institute for Semiconductor Physics NASU, Ukraine
Teaching activity

  • EE2INS  Instrumentation (BEng)
  • EE2PST  The Professional Engineer (BEng)
  • EE3NPD  Network Product Development (BEng)
  • EE7007  Biological, Chemical and Medical Sensing ( MSc)
  • SE11EM Transition Mathematics for Engineers (BEng)
  • SE12EM Mathematics for 1st year Engineers   (BEng)

Research interests
My current research interests span nanomaterials synthesis by laser ablation and chemical routes, nanomaterials surface functionalization, development of nanocomposites for photonic applications, nonlinear optics, optoelectronics, solid-state physics and biophysics. I am designing and developing novel ultrafast lasers, polymer waveguides, optical switches, signal regenerative filters, fibre and waveguide sensors, microfluidic devices.

Recent research funding
My research was supported by:
  • The Isaac Newton Trust, Trinity College, Cambridge (2007-2009)
  • Engineering and Physical Science Research Council
    Grant GR/S97613/01 (2005-2007)
    Grant EP/E500935/1 (2007-2008)
    Grant EP/G030480/1 (2009-2012)
  • Advantage West Midland (2010)
  • 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 in (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)
  • 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 – 05.2014    “Novel Macromolecular Complexes for Rapid Detection of Hazardous Agents” The Science for Peace NATO (PI, NATO Project Director)
  • 03.2012-05.2012    Aston University Business Partnership Unit support  for Knowledge Transfer Challenge Project (PI)
  • 12.2013-03.2015    “Nanomaterial Photonic Sensors for Food Manufacturing”, Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship (FP7-PEOPLE-2012-IIF, Proposal number: 330516), (PI)
  • 10.2013-04.2014 British Council Researcher Links 2013 project “New Advanced Materials for Photonics and Sensors”. (PI).
  • 01.2014-10.2017    BBSRC Industrial Case PhD studentship “Developing new tools for understanding the in vivo distribution of vaccine adjuvants” Amount Awarded £95,000 (CI)

Awards and Honours

  • IHP GmbH (Frankfurt, Germany) fellowship for Young Ukrainian scientists (1998-1999)
  • President of Ukraine Stipend for Young Scientists (1999-2001)
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) postdoctoral Fellowship (2002-2004)
  • JSPS Furusato award (2011-2012)

PhD Supervision

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:

  • Growth of nanomaterials by laser ablation
  • 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
Current Research Group Members

Mrs Raz Arif, PhD Student

Mr Athanasios Manolis, PhD Student

Ms Maria Chernyshova, Maria Currie Project Early Stage Researcher, Fibre Optics Research Centre , Moscow, Russia

Previous Research Group Members

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

Dr Petro Lutsyk, NATO Project Research Fellow, Institute of 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

Selected publications

I have published about 60 journal and conference papers (about 1,800 citations, h-index 22, Google Scholar Citations September 2013) in the area of photonics and nonlinear optical materials, fibre lasers, fibre communication devices, sensors and solar cells. I made 10 patent applications. I have given about 60 presentations in all the major conferences in nanomaterials and photonics field, including 10invited talks.

Most Important publications:

1.     T. Hasan, Z. Sun, F. Wang, F. Bonaccorso, P. H. Tan, A. G. Rozhin, A. C. Ferrari “Nanotube–Polymer Composites for Ultrafast Photonics”, Adv. Materials 21, 3874 (2009).

2.    F. Wang, A.G. Rozhin, Z. Sun, V. Scardaci, I.H. White, W.I. Milne, A.C. Ferrari, “Widely tuneable nanotubes mode-locked fiber laser”, Nature Nanotechnology, 3, 738 (2008).

3.    O.M. Maragò, P.H. Jones, V. Scardaci, F. Bonaccorso, P. G. Gucciardi, A.G. Rozhin, A.C. Ferrari, “FemtoNewton Force Sensing with Optically Trapped Nanotubes”, Nano Lett., 8; 3211 (2008).

4.    P.H. Tan, A.G. Rozhin, T. Hasan, P. Hu, V. Scardaci, W.I. Milne, A.C. Ferrari, “Photoluminescence Spectroscopy of Carbon Nanotube Bundles: Evidence for Exciton Energy Transfer”, Phys. Rev. Lett., 99, 137402 (2007).

5.     P. Beecher, P. Servati, A. Rozhin, A. Colli, V. Scardaci, S. Pisana, F. M. Li, A. Nathan, A. J. Flewitt, J. Robertson, A. C. Ferrari, W. I. Milne, “Ink-jet printing of carbon nanotube thin film transistors”, J. Appl. Phys., 102, 043710 (2007).

6.    G. Della Valle, R. Osellame, G. Galzerano, N. Chiodo, G. Cerullo, P. Laporta, O. Svelto, U. Morgner, A.G. Rozhin, V. Scardaci, A.C. Ferrari, “Passive Mode-Locking with Carbon Nanotubes in Femtosecond Laser Written Waveguide Lasers”, Appl. Phys. Lett., 89, 231115 (2006).

7.    A.G. Rozhin, Y. Sakakibara, S. Namiki, M. Tokumoto, H. Kataura, Y. Achiba “Sub-200-fs pulsed erbium-doped fiber laser using a carbon nanotube-polyvinylalcohol mode locker”, Appl. Phys. Lett., 88, 051118 (2006).

8.    Y. Sakakibara, A.G. Rozhin, H. Kataura, Y. Achiba, M. Tokumoto, “Carbon nanotube-poly(vinylalcohol) nanocomposite film devices: applications for femtosecond fiber laser mode lockers and optical amplifier noise suppressors”, Jap. J. Appl. Phys., 44, 1621 (2005).

9.    A.G. Rozhin, Y. Sakakibara, H. Kataura, S. Matsuzaki, K. Ishida, Y. Achiba, M. Tokumoto, “ Anisotropic saturable absorption of single wall carbon nanotubes aligned in polyvinyl alcohol”, Chem. Phys. Lett., 405, 288 (2005).

10.    Y. Sakakibara, A. Rozhin, H. Kataura, M. Tokumoto Y. Achiba, “Nanotube-polymer composite saturable absorber for ASE noise suppression in optical amplifiers”, in Proc. 29-th European conference on Optical  Communication  (ECOC’03), Rimini, Italy, 21-25 September 2003, Post-deadline Paper Th 4.2.5.

11.    S.Y. Set, H. Yaguchi, Y. Tanaka, M. Jablonski, Y. Sakakibara, A. Rozhin, M. Tokumoto, H. Kataura, Y. Achiba, K. Kikuchi, ”Mode-locked fiber lasers based on a saturable absorber incorporating carbon nanotubes”, in OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics (TOPS) Vol.86, Optical Fiber Communication Conference, Technical Digest, Post conference Edition (Optical Society of America, Washington, DC, 2003), Post-deadline Paper, pd.44.

Recent Invited Conference Presentations:

1. A. Rozhin “Novel Macromolecular Complexes for Rapid Detection of Hazardous Agents” Workshop on CBRN Activities of the NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme - Brussels, 22-24 October 2013.

2. A. Rozhin “Carbon Nanotubes for Ultrafast Photonics”, International Workshop on NONLINEAR PHOTONICS, NLP*2013, September 10-11, 2013 (Sudak, Ukraine)
2. A.G. Rozhin, “Carbon Nanotubes Bundle Engineering: Molecular Dynamic Simulation,  Optical Spectroscopy, Photonic Applications”, International Scientific Seminar - Kavli Seminar: “Multiscale systems: linking quantum chemistry, molecular dynamics, and microfluidic hydrodynamics”, The Kavli Royal Society International Centre, Chicheley, 23-24 July 2013, Newport Pagnell, UK

3. A.G. Rozhin "Carbon nanomaterials as a future platform for photonics: promises and risks" Plenary Lecture at the 9th International Conference on Electronic Processes in Organic Materials (ICEPOM-9) May 20-24, 2013 Lviv, UKRAINE.

4. A.G. Rozhin, “Novel Macromolecular Complexes for Rapid Detection of Hazardous Agents”, NATO Workshop “Explosive and Chemical Detection”, 15-17 October 2012, Brussels, Belgium.

Employable Graduates; Exploitable Research