Laboratory: The International Research Centre for Nanophotonics and MetamaterialsScientist leader: Dr. Pavel Pelov
- Key personnel
Dr. Pavel Belov (18 December 1977), male, Doctor of Science, PhD (optics and radiophysics), Chief research fellow, Head of the Research Center. Prize winner of the Award by the President of the Russian Federation in science and innovation 2009, IET Achievement Award (IET, UK, 2006), International Dennis Gabor Award (Novofer foundation, Hungary, 2003), URSI Young Scientist Award (Belgium, 2002). Author of more than 310 papers in scientific journals, 13 book chapters, and more than 90 reports at international conferences. Research interests are metamaterials, plasmonic nanostructures, photonic and electromagnetic crystals, impedance surfaces, with emphasis on analytical, numerical (FDTD, FEM, MOM) and experimental studies of electromagnetic properties. Role in the Project: local scientific advisor.
Dr. Irina Melchakova (31 August 1982), female, PhD (radiophysics), Deputy Head of the Research Center, Associate Professor. Her research expertise areas are microwave metamaterials and analytical modelling of artificial electromagnetic surfaces.
She coauthored 24 journal papers on metamaterials including high-impedance surfaces and their applications. Role in the Project: Analytical and numerical modeling of metamaterials for MRI
Dr. Stanislav Glybovski (18 August 1987), male, Associate professor, PhD (radiophysics). Participant of the internship in Fraunhofer IIS (Germany) with the topic: ‘Decoupling in low-profile antenna array using high-impedance surfaces’. He is an author of 13 journal papers on applied electromagnetic and metamaterials. His expertise areas are: antenna theory, diffraction of electromagnetic waves, metamaterial-based antennas. Role in the Project: analytical and numerical modeling, RF measurements.
Dr. Mikhail Zubkov (28 May 1984), male, PhD (nanotechnology), Postdoctoral Researcher. Dr. Zubkov specializes in NMR and MRI methods with an emphasis on optimization and development of imaging and spectroscopy techniques. Author and co-author of a number of peer-reviewed articles and a book chapter on NMR and MRI methods. Role in the project: Applications and experimental MRI verification of metamaterial developments.
Ms. Alena Shchelokova (29 January 1991), female, Research Engineer, Ph.D. student. Key interests: experimental and theoretical investigation of metamaterials and metasurfaces: transformation optics (invisibility, cloaking devices); hyperbolic metamaterials; tunable metamaterials, metasurfaces for MRI applications. She was awarded the Travel and conference fee grant for students on 42nd European Microwave Conference (Amsterdam 2012, The Netherlands) and XXIV EUPROMETA School (Roma 2014, Italy), SPIE Optics & Photonics Education Scholarship (USA, 2013) and Russian Federation President Scholarship for studying abroad (research traineeship in Australian National University, Canberra for the period of six months. She is a member of SPIE (since 2013) and IEEE (since 2011). Role in the Project: analytical and numerical modeling, RF and MRI measurements.
Ms. Anna Hurshkainen (7 August 1988), female, Engineer, PhD student. Key interests: antenna and microwave engineering, antenna arrays, MRI coils. She coauthored 4 journal papers on metasurfaces including MRI applicable metasurface structures. She is a member of ISMRM. Role in the Project: analytical and numerical modeling, RF and MRI measurements.
Ms. Ekaterina Brui (17 February 1987), female, Master of Science in Medical Physics, Master of Science in Technology, Engineer in Research Center. Research interests in magnetic resonanse imaging and spectroscopy, MRI coils. Role in project: Methods development and measurements in MRI and MRS, image and spectra processing, numerical modeling of metamaterials for MRI
M. Georgiy Solomakha PhD student, male,
Мs. Ksenia Lezhennikova (29 November 1995) female, Engineer, master student. Key interests: magnetic resonanse imaging, MRI coils. Role in the Project: analytical and numerical modeling, RF and MRI measurements.
ITMO University is one of the oldest and leading educational institutions in Russia. The implementation of innovative educational program has allowed the university to reach a completely new level of training of graduates, and to meet the growing demand for professionals in the informational, optical, and other high-tech industries. In 2009, the University became the winner of the multistage competition among the leading universities of Russia, which resulted in the assigning of the category “National Research University”. ITMO University is successfully participating in the “Project 5-100”, which is supported by the Russian Ministry of Education and Science with the aim to maximize the competitive position of a group of leading Russian universities in the global research and education market. Total number of students of the University is about 13,000. The academic staff consists of 1,071 people, including 195 doctors of sciences and 546 candidates of science, 35 honored scientists and honored workers of higher education of the Russian Federation, 6 full members and corresponding members of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 1 corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Education.
The International Research Center for Nanophotonics and Metamaterials was founded in 2010 and supported by the Grant of the Government of the Russian Federation. Its activity focuses on the following fields:
– Optical and microwave metamaterials
– Nonlinear metamaterials
– Metamaterials applications in medicine
– All-dielectric metamaterials
– Wireless power transfer
– Metamaterials based on graphene
Over last two years the metamaterials for improvement of MRI is the most developing activity field of the Research Center, which has been supported by several national grants:
– “Development of superlens and hyperlens based on metamaterials to improve sensitivity and resolution of magnetic resonance imaging” (Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation);
– “Development of novel RF devices for MR imaging and spectroscopy” within “Center for Translational Medicine”, (“Project 5-100”) at ITMO University (2015, Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation);
– “Development of Metasurfaces for Magnetic Resonance Imaging” (2015, Russian Science Foundation);
– “Metasurfaces for efficient control over electromagnetic fields” (2015, Russian Foundation for Basic Research);
The started research on MRI metamaterials has resulted in a number of publications in the leading specialized journals, including high-index journals (Advanced Materials, 2016) as well as intellectual properties. Within this work we have firstly proposed using metamaterial-based resonators to enhance the RF-field in MRI scanners. In 2015 we have established a collaboration on MRI studies with the Almazov Federal Medical Research Centre, St. Petersburg, Russia.