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Dr Aliaksandra Rakovich

Sasha Rakovich2

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7848 7328 


Office:  S7.12

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Research Group: Photonics & Nanotechnology Group


Aliaksandra received her PhD Ireland in 2011 under the supervision of Prof. John F. Donegan (Trinity College Dublin). Her PhD work focused on the interactions of colloidal semiconductor quantum dots with various biomaterials, such as membrane proteins and photosynthetic reaction centres. Subsequently, she moved to the Physics Department of Imperial College London, where she worked as a Research Associate for 4 years with Prof. Stefan Maier, before transitioning to the Royal Society University Research Fellowship. In October 2017, she joined the Physics Department of King’s College London as a Research Fellow and a Lecturer, where she currently remains.

Research interests 

  • Biomimetic nanophotonic systems
  • Use of nanoparticles for biomedical applications
  • Nano-enhanced biophotonic materials
  • Light-matter interactions in plasmonic systems
  • control and localisation of materials
Publication Highlights
  • Semiconductor versus graphene quantum dots as fluorescence agents for cancer diagnosis and therapy applications. A. Rakovich, T. Rakovich. Journal of Materials Chemistry B, accepted.
  • Bridging the gap between dielectric nanophotonics and the visible regime with effectively lossless Gallium Phosphide antennas. J. Cambiasso, G. Grinblat, Y. Li, A. Rakovich, E. Cortés, S. A. Maier. NanoLetters 17, 1219-1225 (2017).
  • Plasmonic Control of Radiative Properties of Semiconductor Quantum Dots Coupled to Plasmonic Ring Cavities.A. Rakovich, P. Albella, S. A. Maier. ACS Nano 9, 2648-2658 (2015).


PhD Vacancies

I am currently looking for two PhD students, starting in September 2018.

  • “Improving photocatalytic splitting of water using biomimetic quantum dot assemblies”. The aim of the project is to mimic the structure and function of a photosynthetic system to develop an efficient photocatalytic platform, consisting of nanophotonic materials such as semiconductor quantum dots and plasmonic nanoantennas. For further information or to apply please visit:
  • “Nano- to macro-scale control of analyte flow for sensing applications”. The main aim of the project is to develop a chip for biosensing applications that is capable of concentrating the analyte towards the sensing area. The project will involve the design of the various components using numerical simulations, the development of a new experimental set-up and the characterisation and measurement of the chip’s performance. For further information or to apply please visit:





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