Physics

Department staff

Dr Pavel Borisov

Photo of Dr Pavel Borisov

Lecturer in Physics

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

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.  Ultrasonic wedge bonding.
  • Material characterisation: X-ray diffraction, reflectometry, atomic force microscopy (including AFM-FIM). XPS, SEM and TEM are available via LMCC. Transport measurements in 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 probe station. AC impedance spectroscopy by Metrohm Autolab.
  • Magnetic characterisation: Magneto-optic Kerr effect, SQUID by Quantum Design, VSM by Cryogenic mCFMS (up to 9T).

 

Selected publications

PHC108 Modern optics (module leader)

PHC180 Advanced Physics Laboratory

PHD109 Characterisation Techniques in Solid State Physics

Final year project supervision for BSc, MPhys and MSc finalists

Personal tutor, visiting placement tutor

UG Admissions Tutor

  • Research associate: Dr Debi Pattnaik (thin film memristor devices)
  • PhD students
    • Ben Johnson (thin film memristor devices)
    • Aidan Murphy (thin film memristor devices)
    • Christopher Briggs (magnetoelectric and multiferroic materials, primary supervisor is Dr Joseph Betouras)
  • Academic visitor: Kamal Brahim (thin film memristor devices)