Dr Anna Baldycheva

Assistant Professor- Lecturer in 2D Optoelectronic Materials


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Dr. Baldycheva’s research group works in the areas of 2D Materials, Si Photonics and Microfluidics. The research interests span from the development of the new 2D material based layered and liquid crystal composites to the engineering of the integrated 2D-Si hybrid electronic-photonic devices for application in communications, energy harvesting, and bio-chemical sensing. We aim to explore new functional capabilities of Si based microsystems achieved through the integration of the novel 2D materials on chip. Our work is highly interdisciplinary, with members carrying out all stages of research – from design, fabrication and microscopy characterisation to application and device testing.


Dr. Anna Baldycheva received the B.Sc. degree with Honors from Physics Faculty  at St. Petersburg State University. In 2008, she was awarded prestigious research fellowship from ICGEE (Irish Research Council) to pursue the Ph.D. research project in Nano- and Micro Si Photonics at University of Dublin, Trinity College. During her PhD she was already leading an independant research project at Tyndall National Institute as a principal investigator of the research grant funded by Science Foundation Ireland. After completion of her PhD in 2012, she joined RLE and MTL at MIT as a Post-Doc with Prof Mike Watts. In November 2014 she moved to UK to take on a position as an assistant professor at University of Exeter.

Since 2009 Dr. Baldycheva has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers and conference proceedings. She is a frequent reviewer for high-ranking optical journals Optics Express, Optics Express Materials, Optics Letters, Optics Materials, Applied Optics, IEEE Lightwave Technology Journal, and IEEE Photonics Technology Letters. She is also a member of SPIE, Women in Optics, Optical Society of America (OSA),  European Microscopy Society (EMS), Royal Microsopy Society (RMS) and Microscopy Society of Ireland (MSI). Prof Baldycheva is an associate editor of the Nature Scientific Reports and is serving on board of the Royal Microscopy Society Engineering Section.


PostDoctoral Research Fellow Poistion Available


Closing date: 28 March 2017

Research Fellow in Photonic and Optofluidic Systems 

From £33,574 on Grade F, depending on qualifications and experience

The University of Exeter is a forward-thinking, ambitious, innovative, global institution. Currently ranked within the top 1% of institutions globally and placed consistently in the top ten in the UK, Exeter combines a truly world-class research with excellent, innovative education, ensuring an inspirational location to work and live.

The College wishes to recruit a Research Fellow in Photonics and Optofluidics to support the work of Prof Anna Baldycheva, http://www.baldychevalaboratory.com/.  This post is available from 1st May 2017 to 31st August 2018.  The project will combine three paradigm technologies – Si photonics, 2D materials, and microfluidics- and will focus on the development of technologically new concepts for CMOS reconfigurable nanophotonics. The Research Fellow will have the opportunity to undertake international level research, focused on the design, fabrication and testing of microfluidic photonic metastructures and metasystems integrated with CMOS photonics for applications in communications, defense and security, and biochemical sensing. In particular, this project will develop a novel integrated microfluidic approach for on-chip architecting of dynamically reconfigurable structures into pre-designed configurations on Si chip aiming to realize different light management devices, from integrated tunable filters to light emitting devices. To achieve this, the plan is to synthesize and explore electro-optical and non-linear optical effects of different low-power controllable self-assembling liquid nanocomposite materials, such as fluid dispersed carbon related materials and/or nematic liquid crystals doped with nanoparticles, directly on Si optofluidic chip.

The post will include work on: (A) development of a novel nanocomposite material platform for integration on Si chip using microfluidic technology; (B) design and fabrication of the Si photonic-fluidic systems; (C) electro-optical testing of the first electrically/thermally driven reconfigurable fluid structures integrated into micro-photonic circuits on Si chip, i.e. active metamaterial structures with an ability to filter, split, and switch polarized light in the plane of the chip. The successful applicant will also contribute to the further and ongoing development of integrated photonic microfluidic systems, in particular, laboratory-on-a-chip (LOC) systems. The fellow will be able to present information on research progress and outcomes, communicate complex information, orally, in writing and electronically and prepare proposals and applications to external bodies.

Applicants will possess a relevant PhD and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes.

For further information please contact Prof Baldycheva, a.baldycheva@exeter.ac.uk

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