Petro Lutsyk

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Research interests

Thin Film Electronics & Photonics, Nanoelectronics, Nanoscience, Sensor Technologies, Materials Science


I completed PhD at the Institute of Physics (NASU, Kyiv, Ukraine) in 2008 and before joining the Aston University in 2015 as Marie Curie Fellow contributed several diverse research projects working in Poland, Italy, and UK. Currently, I am a Lecturer in Electronic Engineering and Systems, an academic member of the Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies and the Nanoscience Research Group, all in the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

My scientific background and interests embrace research areas of electronic and photonic device engineering with use of nanotechnology, advanced materials science, etc. The areas of expertise include (but not limited to):

Applied thin film electronics & photonics: nanoelectronics (referring to the use of nanotechnology in electronic components), flexible electronics & optoelectronics, field-effect transistors, opto-electronic switches, hybrid & nanocomposite solar cells, devices driven via photochromic reaction, sensor devices.

Materials science: characterisation of organic, nano- and bio-materials, polymers, dyes, nanocomposites, hybrid ‘organic-inorganic’ systems (semiconductors & dielectrics).

Electronic thin film devices fabrication (ink-jet printing, all-solution made devices, & thermal deposition) and characterisation (current-voltage characteristics, kinetics of current, photocurrent, & capacitance).

Spectroscopy: photoluminescence emission & excitation maps, time-resolved photoluminescence, absorption, reflectance, Raman, photovoltage & photocurrent.

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PGCert L&T - Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (2016), Aston University, with distinction; provided recognition as the Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

PhD in Physics & Math (2008), Institute of Physics, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (NASU);
speciality - physics of molecular & liquid crystals; overall grade point average (GPA): 5.0/5.0.

MSc with qualifications in Physics and Lecturer of Physics (2004), Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine; overall GPA: 4.9/5.0; grad. with honours.


2018-present: Lecturer in Electronic Engineering and Systems in School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University, Birmingham, UK.

2015-2018: Research Associate (RAEng/LT Substitution Lectureship) – 2017/18 & Marie Curie Research Fellow – 2015/17 in School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University, Birmingham, UK;
2017 - visiting researcher in Tokai University, Japan & Wrocław University of Science and Technology, Poland.

2011-2015: Research Scientist in Institute of Physics, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine;
Nov., April-May 2013, Sept.-Oct. 2012 - visiting researcher in School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University, Birmingham, UK.

2008-2011:   Research Fellow in Marie Curie Research & Training Network Programme (BIMORE), Wrocław University of Science and Technology, Poland;
2008-2009 - visiting researcher in CNR – ISMN, Bologna, Italy and CAS, Prague, Czechia;

Funding Applications and Awards

● Co-investigator in the Horizon-2020 MSCA RISE project “Carbon-Based Nano-Materials for Theranostic Application (CARTHER)” in 2017-19;

● Co-investigator in the Royal Academy of Engineering/Leverhulme Trust project “Hybrid Photonic Gas Sensors with Functionalised Carbon Nanomaterials” in 2017-18;

● Co-investigator in the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation in 2016-2017;

● Individual Fellowship in the Horizon-2020 MSCA project “Functionalised Organic Complexes for Rapid Sensing of Industrial Polluters (FOC4SIP)” in 2015-17;

● Stipend of the President of Ukraine for talented young scientists in 2014-15;

● Stipend in the NATO “Science for Peace and Security” project “Novel Macromolecular Complexes for Rapid Detection of Hazardous Agents (SfP-Macrosensor)” in 2012-14;

● Stipend of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine for talented young scientists in 2011-12;

● Early Stage Research Fellowship in FP6 Marie Curie RTN, “Bio-Inspired Molecular Optoelectronics (BIMORE)” in 2008-11;

● The 1st prize at 2nd BIMORE Summer School “Leadership Skills for Young Scientists”, UK, 2008;

● The stipend in EU INTAS project “Science & Technology of Copper-Indium Chalcogenides & Conductive Polymers based PV Solar Cells” in 2004-07.

Teaching Activity

Teaching Experience – in physics, electronic engineering, math, instrumentation, etc.
● Module Leader (Lecturer, Tutor and Lab Demonstrator) - Communication Systems: (EE2CSY) – 2017/18;
● Lecturer and Lab demonstrator – Electronic Engineering Foundations (ME1600) – 2018/19; Electronics Group Design Project (EE2EDP) – 2018/19; Electronic and Photonic Sensors (Festival of Science the Institute of Physics, NASU) – 2013/15;
● Lecturer and Tutor – Mathematical Methods (AP2MM1) – 2017/18; Instrumentation (EE2INS) – 2015/16;
● Final Year Projects Supervisor - (EE3PRJ/EE4PRJ) – 2017/19;
● Tutor - Math (EE1CEM, ME11EM, SE11EM) – 2016/19; Communication Systems (EE2CSY) – 2015/16;
● Lab Demonstrator – Digital Transmission (EE401B/EE3DTR) – 2016/18.

PhD Supervision

● Co-supervised 16 students (BSc, MSc, & PhD programmes) in Aston University, Wrocław University of Science and Technology and, Institute of Physics, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.
● Our group welcomes applications from enthusiastic and motivated candidates for PhD studentships and post-doctoral positions. The funding could be from the School or external councils.
Good example of potential research funding are the post-doctoral fellowships offered via Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, but there are others. If you are interested in joining us through this pathway, the earlier you contact us, the better. The schemes are highly competitive, so a well prepared proposal is important for you to succeed, and the preparations usually requires some time...
● The projects can be focused on advanced functional materials and optoelectronic devices, in particular those based on nanomaterials for electronic and photonic applications.

Membership of Professional Bodies

The Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

The Member of Marie Curie Alumni Association

Member of Materials Research Society

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