The Team

Riccardo Sapienza
Principal Investigator
Reader in Physics at Imperial College London
Curriculum Vitae
contact me at r.sapienza [@]
twitter: r1cc4rd0




Dhruv Saxena
Research associate
Ph.D. in Physics from Australian National University and B.Sc. (Hons) in Applied Mathematics from University of Sydney. Ph.D. dissertation was on the design and characterisation of III-V semiconductor nanowire lasers. My current research interests are in exploring the physics of nanomaterials, tailoring light-matter interactions and manipulating light at sub-wavelength scales for developing novel functional materials and devices.
Email:  Dhruv.Saxena [@]

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
at present: 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
at present: Research engineer for Huawei
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. 

Duong van Ta
at present: Lecturer at Department of Optical Engineering, Le Quy Don Technical University, 236 Hoang Quoc Viet, Hanoi, Vietnam.
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. 

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