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Department of Engineering

Dr Yury Alaverdyan


Yury Alaverdyan

Graphene Centre Research Facilities Manager

Academic Division: Electrical Engineering

Telephone: +44 1223 7 62416


Research interests

Technical Leadership of Cambridge Graphene Centre

• Sourcing, maintaining and installing research Facilities worth in excess of £20M
• Managing the research facilities to achieve self-sustainability
• Managing technical staff of the Centre
• Providing support for doctoral and master students on the use of the various research facilities
• Local Safety Officer

Research Interests:

           - Nano-optics, nanoparticles, surface chemistry
           - Optical spectroscopy/microscopy
           - Nano-fabrication methods and process development.

Other interests include consulting, fabrication, training courses in the subjects:

           - Optical and chemical sensing, light-harvesting technologies and life science applications 
           - Photonics, plasmonics, nano-optics, microscopy, spectroscopy and colloidal physics
           - Nano-fabrication, self-assembly, process development.

Please see the full publication list on Google Scholar

Research projects

Please see the full publication list on Google Scholar

  1. Bermúdez E., Ballestero C., Geiselmann M., Marty R., Radko I., Holmgaard T., Alaverdyan Y., Moreno E., García-Vidal F.G., Bozhevolnyi S.I., Quidant R.. Deterministic coupling of individual quantum emitters to channel plasmons. Nature Comm., 6, 2015, 8883.
  2. Alaverdyan Y., Vamivakas A.N., Barnes J., Lebouteiller C., Hare J., Atatüre M. Spectral tunability of a plasmonic antenna with a diamond nanocrystal. Opt. Exp., 19(19), 18175-18181, 2011.
  3. Müller T., I. Aharonovich, L. Lombez, Y. Alaverdyan, A. N. Vamivakas, S. Castelletto, F. Jelezko, J. Wrachtrup, S. Prawer, M. Atatüre. Wide range electrical tunability of single photon emission from chromium-based colour centres in diamond. New J. Phys., 13, 075001, 2011.
  4. Brian B., B. Sepúlveda, Y. Alaverdyan, L. Lechuga, M. Käll. Johansson P. Sensitivity enhancement of nanoplasmonic sensors in low refractive index substrates. Opt. Exp. 17(3), 2015-2023, 2009.
  5. Alaverdyan Y., Hempe E., Vamivakas A., E H., Atatüre M. Spectral and angular distribution of Rayleigh scattering from plasmon-coupled nanohole chains. App. Phys. Lett., 94(2), 021112, 2009.
  6. Alaverdyan Y., Sepúlveda B., Eurenius L., Olsson E., Käll M. Optical antennas based on coupled nanoholes in thin metal films. Nature Phys. 3(12), 884-890, 2007.
  7. Fredriksson H., Alaverdyan Y., Dmitriev A., Langhammer C., Sutherland D. S., Zäch M., Kasemo B. Hole-mask colloidal lithography.Adv. Mat. 19(23), 4297-4302, 2007.
  8. Rindzevicius T., Alaverdyan Y., Murray W., Barnes W., Käll M. Long-range refractive index sensing using plasmonic nanostructures. JPC C 111, 11806-11810, 2007.
  9. Rindzevicius T., Alaverdyan Y., Dahlin A., Höök F., Sutherland D., Käll M. Plasmonic sensing characteristics of single nanometric holes.Nano Lett. 5(11), 2335-2339, 2005.

Other positions


Nanotechnology Adviser and Cleanroom Manager, the Nanoscience Centre, University of Cambridge (2013 – to date)

  • Nano-optics, photonics, nano/micro-fabrication and process development
    (EBL, FIB, dry/wet etching, electrostatic self-assembly, thin-film deposition)
  • Manager of the Nanoscience Cleanroom facility

Research Fellow (personal grant from "Ramon y Cajal"), ICFO, Barcelona, Spain (2012-2013)

  • Active plasmonic components for manipulating quantum light
  • Fabrication of hybrid diamond/metal/dielectric nanostructures
Research Associate, Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge (2007-2012)
  • Fabrication and optical microscopy studies of hybrid diamond/metal nanostructures for controlling light
  • Design/construction of microscopes for imaging and spectroscopy experiments
  • Cleanroom laboratory management and maintenance
Post-doctoral researcher, Bionanophotonics, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg,Sweden (2004 – 2007)
  • Raman and SERS trace analysis of explosives
  • Fabrication and optical microscopy studies of plasmonic nanostructures for bio/chemo-sensing applications
PhD student, Spectroscopy Division, Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry,Moscow (1999–2004).
  • Study of crown-ether photochromic ionophores' molecular structure
  • Raman, SERS, Fluorometry, Spectrophotometry, AFM
Master student, Quantum Electronics, Lebedev Physics Institute,Moscow (1997–1999)
  • Optimization of the output of semiconductor lasers
  • Developing software controlling the automated setup, performing optical measurements


Yury received his PhD in condensed matter physics from Moscow Engineering Physics Institute. He is an expert in developing nanomaterials and micro-technologies for optical and chemical sensing, life science applications and light-harvesting.

Before moving to the UK most of Yury’s work was related to optical biosensing and detection of explosives. While at the University of Cambridge Yury has been awarded with a research fellowship for the pioneering work on plasmonic nano-antennae, and later took an active part in developing the principles for realizing quantum communication devices.