The Team

Riccardo Sapienza
Principal Investigator
Lecturer in Physics at King’s College London
Curriculum Vitae
contact me at riccardo.sapienza [@]
twitter: r1cc4rd0

Duong van Ta
Research associate
Ph.D. from Nanyang Technological University
MSc in Engineering in optoelectronics from Bauman Moscow State Technical University
Interested in all-biomaterial lasers, soft-matter microlasers, biosensing. 
Current project: Biocompatible microlasers for biosensing.
I am investigating how to use natural materials like proteins and polysaccharides to make miniature lasers with sizes close to the dimensions of living cells as future generation biosensors.
Email:  van_duong.ta [@]

Michele Gaio
Research associate
Ph.D. from King’s College London
MSc in Physics from University of Padova, Italy.
Email: michele.gaio [@]


Sandro Mignuzzi
Research associate
Ph.D. from National Physical Laboratory and King’s College London
MSc in Electronics Engineering from Roma Tre University, Italy
Email: sandro.mignuzzi [@]

Soraya Carlos Caixeiro
Ph.D. Student
After completing an MSci degree in Physics from King’s College London, I am completing my Ph.D. in bio-compatible and silk random lasing. I am interested in applied nanophotonics, mainly complex systems for random lasing, branching in biopolymers. I am very keen on the design and nanofabrication.
Email: soraya.carlos_caixeiro [@]

Sergii Morozov
Ph.D. Student
MSc in Physics, photonics from Friedrich-Schiller-Universitaet Jena, Germany
MSc in optics from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine
Email: sergii.morozov [@]


Francisco Fernandes
Visiting professor
Maître de Conférences (Assistant Professor) Université Pierre et Marie Curie.
Interested in Colloids, Biopolymers, Mechanical properties, Nanomaterials, Biomaterials, Macroporous materials, Nanocomposite materials, Cell encapsulation
Email: francisco.fernandes [@]

Marta Castro Lopez
Research associate
With a Telecommunication Engineering background, I started my scientific career with a Master in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology which brought me to complete my Ph.D studies in “Nanophotonic structures for light control at the nanoscale” in ICFO Barcelona. As a postdoc at the complex nanophotonics group I focus my line of research on hybrid dielectric-metal nanostructures while studying light-matter interaction in complex photonic environments.
Email: marta.castro_lopez [@]

Join us

Ph.D. studentships and Post-doc positions available! Contact me at riccardo.sapienza @