Dr Alex Rozhin

Reader in Nanotechnology and Royal Academy of Engineering/ Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellow

Dr Alex Rozhin

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

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 joint appointment at  Photonic Research Institute at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST, Tsukuba) as a holder of the prestigious 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 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.

View a complete list of publications at Google Scholar.

  • 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
  • “Network Product Development” (BEng), Lecturer (2010-2013).
  • “Instrumentation”, (BEng) Lecturer & Module Coordinator (2010-2015).
  • “The Professional Engineer” (BEng), Lecturer & Module Coordinator (2011-2015).
  • “Transitional Mathematics for Engineers” (BEng) Module Tutor (2012-2014).
  • “Mathematics for 1st year Engineers” (BEng) Module Tutor (2012-2013).
  • “Communication Systems” (BEng), Lecturer & Module Coordinator (2015-present)
  • “Mathematical Methods for Physicists”, (BSc Applied Physics), Lecturer & Module Tutor (2016-present)
  • “Information Theory Coding and Traffic Theory” (MSc), Teaching Labs coordinator
My current research interests span nanomaterials synthesis by laser ablation and chemical routes, nanomaterials surface functionalization for photonic gas sensors and drug delivery applications, optical spectroscopy of advanced materials, 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)

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

  • 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)
  • The Royal Academy of Engineering/Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship (2017)

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