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Prof Mikhail (Misha) Portnoi

Associate Professor

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I am a theoretical physicist with a broad range of research interests spanning from exactly-solvable problems in quantum and statistical mechanics and anyon excitons in the fractional quantum Hall effect regime to THz applications of carbon-based nanostructures and modelling white light-emitting diodes. My most recent work is related to zero-energy states in graphene and excitons in narrow-gap carbon nanotubes.

Further details of my research can be found here.

Education and Employment

  • 1988: MSc (Diplom-Engineer) with distinction in EE (Optoelectronics), Leningrad Electrotechnical Institute, USSR
  • 1994: Candidate of Phisico-Mathematical Sciences, A. F. Ioffe Physical-Technical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Ioffe Institute), St. Petersburg, Russia
  • 1996: PhD in Physics, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA
  • 1988 - 1992 Junior Research Staff Member, Ioffe Institute
  • 1992 - 1996 Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant, Department of Physics, University of Utah
  • 1996 - 1998 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh
  • 1999 - 2006 Lecturer in Theoretical Physics, University of Exeter
  • 2006 - 2013 Senior Lecturer in Physics, University of Exeter
  • 2013 -         Associate Professor of Theoretical Physics, University of Exeter

Visiting positions

  • 2004:   Visiting Scientist, Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex System, Dresden, Germany      
  • 2005 - 2006 Full Professor and Group Head, International International Center for Condensed Matter Physics, University of Brasília (ICCMP-UnB), Brazil (on sabbatical leave from Exeter)
  • 2007 - 2009 Visiting Professor, ICCMP-UnB, Brazil (three visits)
  • 2010 - 2016 Visiting Professor, International Institute of Physics, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (IIP-UFRN), Natal, Brazil (six visits)

Funded Research Projects

  • EU H2020 RISE Project “Collective Excitations in Advanced Nanostructures” (CoExAN) H2020-MSCA-RISE-644076,1/10/ 2015-30/9/2019 [Exeter PI] €1,003,500 (€225,000 for Exeter)
  • EU FP7 IRSES Project "Carbon-nanotube-based terahertz-to-optics rectenna" (CANTOR), FP7-PEOPLE-IRSES-612285, 1/1/2014 - 31/12/2017 [Coordinator], €91,200
  • EU FP7 IRSES Project "Interaction phenomena in novel materials" (InterNoM), FP7-PEOPLE-IRSES-612624, 1/10/2013 - 30/9/2017 [Exeter PI], €114,000 (€38,000 for Exeter)
  • EU FP7 Marie Curie Initial Training Network "Novel Type of Terahertz Devices" (NOTEDEV), FP7-PEOPLE-ITN-607521, 1/10/2013 - 30/9/2017 [Exeter PI], €3,880,583 (€572,313 for Exeter)
  • EU FP7 IRSES Project "Quantum optics of carbon-based nanostructures" (QOCaN), FP7-PEOPLE-IRSES-316432, 1/1/2013 - 31/12/2016 [Coordinator], €96,000
  • EU FP7 IRSES Project "Spin-related phenomena in mesoscopic transport" (SPINMET), FP7-PEOPLE-IRSES-246784, 1/6/2010 - 31/5/2014 [Exeter PI], €396,000 (€28,800 for Exeter)
  • EU FP7 Marie Curie Initial Training Network "Spin effects for quantum optoelectronics" (Spin-Optronics), FP7-PEOPLE-ITN-237252, 1/10/2009 - 30/9/2013 [Exeter PI], €3,280,068 (€224,738 for Exeter)
  • EU FP7 IRSES Project "Route to Bose-Einstein condensation at room temperature" (ROBOCON), FP7-PEOPLE-IRSES-230832, 1/1/2009 - 31/12/2012 [Exeter PI], €459,000 (€93,600 for Exeter)
  • EU FP7 IRSES Project "Terahertz applications of carbon-based nanostructures" (TerACaN), FP7-PEOPLE-IRSES-230778, 1/1/2009 - 31/12/2012 [Coordinator],  €86,400
  • International Travel Grant - Travel for Collaboration, Incoming Visit of Prof. O.V. Kibis, Royal Society TG100131, 1/10/2010 - 23/12/2010 [PI], £4,000
  • "Carbon nanotubes as a basis for optoelectronic devices in the terahertz range", Joint Project, Royal Society JP071576, 1/5/2007 – 30/4/2009 [PI], £12,000
  • "Electromagnetics of nanostructures", INTAS 05-96-1076, 2006-2008 [Exeter PI], €60,000 (€7,500 for Exeter)
  • "A study of the anomalous electronic and optical properties of chiral carbon nanotubes", Joint Project, Royal Society Ref: 15333, 1/6/2003-31/08/2005 [PI], £10,000
  • "On the theory of electron-phonon interaction in the quantum Hall regime", EPSRC GR/R20311/01, 1/2/2001 – 31/1/2003 [PI], £63,509
  • Royal Society Conference Grants: CG0872132, 2008/R2, £1,500; CG071936, 2007/R1, £1,400; CG062796, 2006/R3, £1,280; CG052382, 2005/R2, £700; CG041672, 2004/R1, £1,400;  CG031198, 2003/R3, £960

Invited Presentations

International Conferences

  • 2017: Annual Meeting of the APS Mid-Atlantic Section, Newark, NJ, USA
  • 2017: International School on Polaritonics and Photovoltaics, Campofelice di Roccella, Sicily
  • 2017: 2nd International Conference on Terahertz Emission, Metamaterials and Nanophotonics (TERAMETANANO-2), Venice, Italy
  • 2017: International Workshop on Physics of Exciton-Polaritons in Artificial Lattices, Daejeon, South Korea
  • 2017: 2nd International Conference on Physics of 2D Crystals (ICP2C2), Ha Long, Vietnam
  • 2016: International Workshop on Polaritonics,Ventnor, Isle of Wight, UK
  • 2016: International Workshop on New Trends in Integrable Systems, Natal, Brazil
  • 2016: International School of Solid State Physics. 72nd Course/School: EPIOPTICS-14, Erice, Sicily
  • 2016: International Summer School and Workshop: Nanostructures for Photonics (NSP 2016), St. Petersburg, Russia
  • 2016: International Workshop on Physics of 2D Crystals, Campofelice di Roccella, Sicily
  • 2016: 17th International Conference on Physics of Light-Matter Coupling in Nanostructures, PLMCN-17, Nara, Japan
  • 2016: International Forum on Physics in XXI Century, Havana, Cuba
  • 2015: Energy Materials Nanotechnology (EMN) Meeting, Hong Kong
  • 2015: ICTP School on Anomalous Transport, Superconductivity and Magnetism in Nanosystems, Kiev, Ukraine
  • 2015: International Workshop on Quantum Transport in 2D Systems, Luchon, France
  • 2015: Day in honour of Michel Dyakonov, Montpellier, France
  • 2015: International Conference on Metamaterials and Nanophysics, METANANO-2015, Varadero, Cuba
  • 2014: 5th International Symposium on Terahertz Nanoscience, TeraNano V, Schoelcher, Martinique
  • 2014: International Workshop on Polaritonics, Aldourie Castle, Scotland
  • 2014: International Workshop on Nanoelectromagnetics of Advanced Materials for Microwave-to-THz Applications (WS8 of the 44th European Microwave Conference), Rome, Italy
  • 2014: 21st International Conference on High Magnetic Fields in Semiconductor Physics, HMF-21, Panama City Beach, Florida, USA
  • 2014: International Conference on Problems of Strongly Correlated and Interacting Systems, RQC-14, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • 2014: International Conference on Metamaterials and Nanophysics, METANANO-2014, Varadero, Cuba
  • 2014: India-UK Scientific Seminar - From Graphene Analogues to Topological Insulators, GATI-2014, Kolkata, India
  • 2013: 6th International School of Nanophotonics and Photovoltaics, Maratea, Italy
  • 2013: International Conference on Spin-Optronics, Toulouse, France
  • 2013: International Workshop on Physics of Excitons, Varadero, Cuba
  • 2012: 3rd International Symposium on Terahertz Nanoscience, Honolulu, USA
  • 2012: International School on New Materials and Renewable Energy, Tbilisi, Georgia
  • 2012: International Workshop  on Advances in Quantum Technology, Natal, Brazil
  • 2012: International Conference on Fundamental and Applied NanoElectroMagnetics, Minsk, Belarus
  • 2012: 5th International School of Nanophotonics and Photovoltaics, Phuket, Thailand
  • 2011: 4th International School of Nanophotonics and Photovoltaics, Maratea, Italy
  • 2011: International Meeting on Materials for Electronic Applications: IMMEA -2011, Agadir, Morocco (Plenary)
  • 2011: 19th International Symposium: Nanostructures: Physics and Technology, Yekaterinburg, Russia
  • 2010: 2nd International School of Nanophotonics and Photovoltaics, Tsakhkadzor, Armenia
  • 2010: International Workshop  on Spin-related Phenomena in Mesoscopic Transport, Natal, Brazil
  • 2010: 1st International School on Spin-Optronics, Les Houches, France
  • 2010: International Workshop on Physics of Computer Technologies, Natal, Brazil
  • 2010: 4th Italian-Russian meeting on Solid State Physics of the XXI century, Castel Gandolfo, Italy
  • 2009: International Workshop on Terahertz Radiation and Metamaterials, Benasque, Spain
  • 2009: International School of Nanophotonics and Photovoltaics, Maratea, Italy
  • 2009: V.I.Perel Memorial Symposium "Theoretical problems of semiconductor physics", St. Petersburg, Russia
  • 2009: 2nd Loughborough Symposium: Mini-symposium on THz Radiation, Loughborough, UK
  • 2009: 3rd ‘PolaRoma’ Meeting on Modern Solid State Theory, Castel Gandolfo, Italy
  • 2008: 2nd Italian-Russian ‘PolaRoma’ Meeting on Modern Solid State Theory, Rome
  • 2007: International Conference on Semiconductor Materials and Optics, Warsaw, Poland
  • 2007: 7th International Conference on Physics of Light-Matter Coupling in Nanostructures, PLMCN-7, Havana
  • 2007: 1st Italian-Russian ‘PolaRoma’ Workshop on Modern Solid State Theory, Rome
  • 2006: SPIE 51st Annual Meeting: Nanomodeling II Conference, San Diego, California (Keynote Lecture)
  • 2006: 5th French-Russian Meeting “Advancées en physique du solide”, Clermont-Ferrand, France
  • 2005: International School on Nanophotonics, Maratea, Italy
  • 2005: International Summer School “Arrays of Quantum Dots and Josephson Junctions”, Kiten, Bulgaria
  • 2005: 4th French-Russian Meeting “Advancées en physique du solide”, Clermont-Ferrand, France
  • 2004: SPIE 49th Annual Meeting: Nanomodeling Conference, Denver, Colorado (Keynote Lecture)
  • 2004, International Symposium “Topical Problems of Modern Physics”, St Petersburg, Russia
  • 2004: 3rd French-Russian Meeting “Advancées en physique du solide”, Clermont-Ferrand, France
  • 2003: 3rd International Conference on Physics of Light-Matter Coupling in Nanostructures, PLMCN-3, Sicily, Italy
  • 2003: 2nd French-Russian Meeting “Advancées en physique du solide”, Clermont-Ferrand, France
  • 2002: NATO ARW on Optical Properties of 2D Systems with Interacting Electrons, St Petersburg, Russia
  • 2002: 2rd International Conference on Physics of Light-Matter Coupling in Nanostructures, PLMCN-2, Crete, Greece
  • 2001: 1st International Conference on Physics of Light-Matter Coupling in Nanostructures, PLMCN-1, Rome

Seminars and Colloquia

  • 2016: Research Institute for Nuclear Problems of Belarusian State University, Minsk, Belarus, 2016
  • 2015: V.E. Lashkaryov Institute of Semiconductor Physics, Kiev, Ukraine
  • 2014: National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Florida State University,Tallahassee, Florida, USA
  • 2013: Institut Néel / CNRS & Nanosciences Foundation, Grenoble, France
  • 2012: University of Regensburg, Germany
  • 2011: Cambridge University (CAPE-CIKC Advanced Technology Lecture),
  • 2010: University College London (Mathematics)
  • 2008: Strathclyde University, Glasgow
  • 2007: University of Bath
  • 2007: University of Montpellier, France
  • 2007: Southampton University
  • 2007: Sheffield Hallam University
  • 2006: University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil
  • 2006: University of California, San Diego (UCSD), USA
  • 2005: University of Cardiff
  • 2004: University of Utah, USA
  • 2003: Birmingham University
  • 2002: University of Warwick
  • 2001: Cambridge University, Cavendish Laboratory (TCM Seminar)
  • 2000: Loughborough University
  • 1999: EMCORE Corporation, Somerset, NJ, USA
  • 1999: Advanced Studies Institute, Princeton, USA
  • 1997: Clarendon Laboratory, Oxford University
  • 1996: King’s College London
  • 1996: University of Sheffield
  • 1992: AT&T Bell Labs, Murray Hill, USA
  • 1992: TU Munich, Germany
  • 1992: University of Kassel, Germany
  • Several seminar and colloquium talks at the Ioffe Institute, University of Utah, Heriot-Watt University, University of Exeter, ICCMP-University of Brasilia, International Institute of Physics (IIP-UFRN) – Natal, Brazil

Contributions to the Community

  • Associate Editor, SPIE Journal of Nanophotonics, July 2009 - present
  • Member of the International Program Committee of the 34th International Conference of the Physics of Semiconductors (ICPS-2018), Montpellier, France, 2018 
  • Member of the Programme Committee of the PLMCN-19 Conference, Chengdu, Ghina, 2018
  • Member of the Programme Committee of the PLMCN-18 Conference, Würzburg, Germany, 2017
  • Member of the Program Committee of the TERAMETANANO-2017 Conference, Venice, Italy, 2017
  • Member of the Program Committee of the TERAMETANANO-2016 Conference, Cartagena, Colombia, 2016
  • Programme Committee Chairman of the 6th International School on Nanophotonics and Photovoltaics, Cefalu, Sicily, 2015  
  • Member of the Programme Committee of IMMEA2015 Conference, Marrakesh, Morocco, 2015
  • Member of the Programme Committee of the International Conference on Spin-Optronics, Toulouse, France, 2013
  • Member of the Programme Committee of the 2nd International School on Spin-Optronics, St Petersburg, Russia, 2012
  • Co-chairman of the Research Workshop "Advances in Physics and Applications of Low-Dimensional Systems", International Centre for Condensed Matter Physics (ICCMP-UnB), Brasilia, Brazil, 2007
  • Member of the Programme Committee of PLMCN-7 Conference, Havana, Cuba, 2007
  • Member of the Programme Committee of the Nanomodeling II Conference at the 2006 SPIE Optics and Photonics Annual Meeting, San Diego, USA, 2006
  • Co-chairman of the Seminar and Workshop ‘Cooperative Phenomena in Optics and Transport in Nanostructures’ at the Max Planck Institute for Physics of Complex Systems in Dresden, 2004
  • Member of the EPSRC Peer Review College, 2003 - present
  • Reviewer for funding bodies including EPSRC, Leverhulme Trust, Royal Society, European Research Council, INTAS (2003-2006), Russian Federation Government Mega Grants Program (2010-2013), DOE USA, NSERC Canada and Czech Science Foundation
  • Regular referee for  APS, AIP, ACS, EPS, IOP, SPIE, Elsevier, Taylor & Francis and Springer journals
  • External examiner for the award of PhD degrees at Cambridge University, Durham University and Loughborough University.

Memberships

  • American Physical Society (APS)
  • Mediterranean Institute of Fundamental Physics (MIFP)

Prizes, Honorary Degrees and Positions

  • Doctor Honoris Causa, Mediterranean Institute of Fundamental Physics (MIFP), 2015
  • Honorary Visiting Professor, Novosibirsk State Technical University, since 2007
  • Prize for the Best Young Scientist's Research, A.F.Ioffe Physico-Technical Institute, 1991
  • Prize of the Research Council of the A.F.Ioffe Physico-Technical Institute, 1991

Current Teaching

  • PHY3062 Methods of Theoretical Physics
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