Dr Alex Rozhin

Reader in Nanotechnology Science

Nanoscience Research Group (NRG)
Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies (AIPT)

Dr Alex Rozhin

Room: NW615
Phone: 0121 204 34 94
Email: a.rozhin@aston.ac.uk

I am a Reader in nanotechnology, a leader of the Nanomaterials Photnic Research Theme at AIPT and a co-governer of the Nanoscience Research Group.

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.
  • 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.
  • PhD in Solid State Physics, Institute for Semiconductor Physics, National Academy of Science of Ukraine (NASU), Kiev Ukraine, 2001
  • Joint BS  &MSc with qualification Physicist, Engineer of Optoelectronic Systems, Lecturer of Physics,  Department of Optics and Optoelectronics,  Faculty of Physics, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kiev, 1998
  • Specialist diploma in Radioecology, 1998, Ukrainian Radiological Training Centre, Kiev, Ukraine
  • Certificate in Innovations and Technology Management , Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge, 2009
  • 07.2009 – present,  Lecturer, then  Senior Lecturer (2012), then Reader (2016) in Nanotechnology,  Nanoscience Research Group and Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies (AIPT), School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University, Birmingham, UK
  • 01.2014- present Laser Protection Supervisor for AIPT and Electrical, Electronic & Power Engineering Subject Group.
  • 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
  • EE3NPD “Network Product Development” (BEng), Lecturer (2010-2013).
  • EE2INS “Instrumentation”, (BEng) Lecturer & Module Coordinator (2010-2015).
  • EE2PST “The Professional Engineer” (BEng), Lecturer & Module Coordinator (2011-2015).
  • SE11EM Transitional Mathematics for Engineers (BEng) Module Tutor (2012-2014).
  • SE12EM Mathematics for 1st year Engineers (BEng) Module Tutor (2012-2013).
  •  SE2SYS “Communication Systems” (BEng), Lecturer & Module Coordinator (2015-present)
  • AP2MM1 “Mathematical Methods for Physicists”, (BSc Applied Physics), Lecturer & Module Tutor (2016-present)
Research interests My current research interests span nanomaterials synthesis by laser ablation and chemical routes, nanomaterials surface functionalization for photonic gas sensors and drug delivery applications, 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. 


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)

Current grants

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)

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

  • 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)
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