Department staff

Dr Pavel Borisov

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Senior Lecturer in Physics

  • Lecturer / Senior Lecturer, Loughborough University, UK (2016 - present)
  • Research Assistant Professor in Physics, West Virginia University, USA (2013 - 2016)
  • Postoctoral Research Associate in Chemistry, University of Liverpool, UK (2010 - 2012)
  • Dr. rer. nat. (PhD) in Physics, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany (2009)
  • Dipl.-Phys. (Distinction), University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany (2004)

Research areas

  • Thin film growth by physical vapour deposition, preparation and characterisation of heterostructures and multilayers
  • Devices for neuromorphic computing, memristors
  • Magnetic, magnetoelectric and multiferroic materials. Measurements of the magnetoelectric effect

Research grants

Equipment and techniques

  • Fabrication: thin film growth by magnetron sputtering and pulsed laser deposition. Ability to grow metal, oxide and nitride films. Photolithography in a clean room, ion milling (ATC-Orion-IM from AJA).  Ultrasonic wedge bonding.
  • Material characterisation: X-ray diffraction, reflectometry, atomic force microscopy (including AFM-FLIM). XPS, SEM and TEM are available at LMCC. Transport measurements at 0.3K - 400K by Cryogenic mCFMS.
  • Device characterisation: I-V, C-V and pulse measurements (6 channels) by 4200 Keithley SCS parameter analyzer with an attached EverBeing probe station. AC impedance spectroscopy by Metrohm Autolab.
  • Magnetic characterisation: Magneto-optic Kerr effect, SQUID from Quantum Design, VSM from Cryogenic mCFMS (up to 9T).


Selected publications

PHC108 Modern optics (module leader)

PHC180 Advanced Physics Laboratory / PHC904 Research Methods in Physics

PHD109 Characterisation Techniques in Solid State Physics

Final year project supervision for BSc, MPhys and MSc finalists

Personal tutor, visiting placement tutor

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Admissions Tutor

  • Research associates
  • PhD students
    • Ben Johnson (thin film memristor devices)
    • Alex Gabbitas (thin film memristor devices)
    • Christopher Briggs (magnetoelectric and multiferroic materials, primary supervisor is Dr Joseph Betouras)
  • Former members: Kamal Brahim, Aidan Murphy