Svetlana V. Boriskina, PhD

     Research Scientist & MechE Communication Lab Manager, MIT            











Teaching & mentoring

Special issues & sessions



Last updated: 13 Feb 2018

Curriculum Vitae

Employment history

  • Feb 2012 – present: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
    • Research Scientist @ Department of Mechanical Engineering (from Dec 2012)
    • MechE Communication Lab Manager (since Feb 2018)
    • Research Associate @ Department of Mechanical Engineering (Feb 2012-Dec 2012)
  • Jan 2008 – Feb 2012: Boston University, USA

    • Research Associate @ Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering & Department of Chemistry
  • May 2005 – Dec 2007: Kharkiv National University, Ukraine

    • Senior Research Scientist & Group Leader @ School of Radiophysics
  • Jan 2000 – Mar 2005: University of Nottingham, UK

    • Research Fellow School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (2001-2005)
    • Royal Society / NATO Postdoctoral Fellow @ School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (2000-2001)
  • Nov 1997 – Jan 2000: Kharkiv National University, Ukraine

    • Junior Researcher & Teaching Assistant @ School of Radiophysics


  • 1995 -1999: Ph.D. in Physics & Mathematics with specialty in Radio Physics (Kharkiv National University, Ukraine)
  • 1993 -1995: M.Sc. in Patent Law & Information Technology (Kharkiv Polytechnical Institute, Ukraine)
  • 1990 -1995: Combined B.Sc. & M.Sc. (Summa Cum Laude) in Radio Physics & Electronics (Kharkiv National University, Ukraine)

Professional service

  • Topical Editor, Optics Express, 2018-2021
  • Member, Optical Society of America Meetings Committee, 2017-2020
  • Chair, Optical Society of America Technical Group "Optics for Energy", 2014-2016
  • Topical Editor, IOP Journal of Optics, Scattering & Diffraction, 2015-2018
  • Advisory Committee Member, OSA Optics and Photonics News, 2016-2019 
  • Symposia Organizer, MRS Spring 2016 Meeting “Emerging materials and phenomena for solar energy,” MRS Fall 2017 Meeting "Plasmonics," MRS Spring Meeting 2018 "Materials for water & energy nexus"
  • Lead Host, OSA Incubator "Fundamental Limits of Optical Energy Conversion", 2014
  • Member, Technical program committees of NANOMETA Conference, META Conference, OSA Meeting on Optical Nanostructures and Advanced Materials for Photovoltaics (PV), International Conference on Photonics, Optics, and Laser Technology (PHOTOOPTICS), OSA Meeting on Novel Optical Materials and Applications (NOMA), OSA Sensors Meeting
  • Chair, Special Session on Microresonators and Photonic Molecules at ICTON International Conference, 2006-2014
  • Chair, Special Session on Advances in Simulation and Design of Photonic Micro- and Nano-Structures at PIERS'08 Symposium, 2008 
  • Chair, OSA Esther Hoffman Beller Medal Award Committee, 2007 (Committee Member in 2006)
  • Faculty Advisor, V. Karazin Kharkiv National University SPIE Student Chapter, 2007
  • Faculty Advisor, V. Karazin Kharkiv National University OSA Student Chapter, 2005-2007
  • Member, OSA Member and Educational Services Council, 2003-2005
  • TPC Secretary and Proceedings Editor, 1998; Local Organizing Committee Member, 1994, 2006, Int. Conf. on Mathematical Methods for Electromagnetic Theory (MMET), Ukraine
  • Co-founder and lecturer, ISSEP Foundation-funded Advanced School for children interested in pursuing careers in science and education, 1996-1997
  • Member, School of Radiophysics Student Council, Kharkiv National University, 1990-1995

Plenary & Invited conference presentations

  • "Smart fabrics for passive radiative cooling and thermal signature control, MRS Spring Meeting, Symposium MA05, Phoenix, AZ Apr. 2018 (INVITED)
  • "Engineering topological defects and protected interfacial states in nano-structured plasmonic materials for sensing and emission control," MRS Spring Meeting, Symposium NM09, Phoenix, AZ Apr. 2018 (INVITED)
  • "Heat is the new light: harnessing terrestrial thermal photon sources," Gordon Research Conference: Energy as a Subtle Concept, Bryant University, Smithfield, RI, June 2018, (PLENARY)
  • "Topological materials: new horizons for energy and sustainability," OSA Conference on Novel Optical Materials (NOMA), New Orleans, LA, July 2017 (KEYNOTE TUTORIAL)
  • "Singular-phase optical sensing with topologically protected Tamm interfacial states in planar nanostructures," OSA Sensors Conference, New Orleans, LA, July 2017 (INVITED)
  • "Ultra-thin crystalline silicon solar cells & near-field thermo-radiative cells," MRS Fall Meeting, Boston, MA, Dec. 2016 (INVITED)
  • "Energy transfer and radiative cooling beyond conventional limits via photon and polariton localization," 2016 Society of Engineering Science Annual Meeting, College Park, MD, Oct. 2016 (INVITED)
  • "Hybrid optoplasmonic platforms for sensing and spectroscopy: from new physics to new functionalities," European Workshop on Optical Fiber Sensors, Limerick, Ireland, May 2016 (PLENARY)
  • "Topological darkness of Tamm plasmons for high-sensitivity singular-phase optical detection and tunable thermal emission" META'16, Malaga, Spain, July 2016 (INVITED) 
  • "Hybrid optical-thermal nanoantennas for enhanced light focusing and radiative cooling," META-15, New York, NY, Aug. 2015 (INVITED)
  • "Exploring and tailoring near-field thermal radiation at extreme separations," META-15, New York, NY, Aug. 2015 (INVITED)
  • "Hybrid optoplasmonic structures and materials: from new physics to new functionalities,"  OSA Advanced Photonics Congress - NOMA'15, Boston, MA, June 2015 (INVITED)
  • "Hybrid optical-thermal nanoantennas for enhanced light focusing and radiative cooling,"  SPIE Optics and Photonics Congress - Active Photonic Materials VII Conference, San Diego, CA, Aug. 2015 (INVITED)
  • "Limiting efficiencies of photo-detection and solar energy conversion via internal emission of hot electrons and hot holes," SPIE Optics and Photonics Congress - Infrared Remote Sensing and Instrumentation XXIII Conference, San Diego, CA, Aug. 2015 (INVITED)
  • "Probing the limits of non-isothermal conversion: material challenges to reaching high efficiency in hot-carrier energy converters,” OSA Incubator on Fundamental Limits on Optical Energy Conversion, Nov. 2014, Washington, DC (INVITED)
  • "Probing and tailoring near-field thermal radiation at extreme separations" 13th International Conference on Near-Field Optics, Nanophotonics and Related Techniques, NFO13, Snowbird, Utah, Sept. 2014 (INVITED)
  • "Pushing the limits of photovoltaic efficiency: thermal upconversion and enhanced trapping of twisted light," Winter Colloquium on Physics of Quantum Electronics, Snowbird, Utah, Jan. 2013 (INVITED)
  • "Hybrid optoplasmonic elements for ultra-sensitive detection and information processing on the nanoscale," SPIE Photonics West 2012, San Francisco, CA, Jan. 2012 (INVITED)
  • "Hybrid optoplasmonic microresonators and networks," IEEE Photonics 2011 Conference (IPC11) , Arlington, VA, Oct. 2011 (INVITED)
  • "Quasi-localized coupled-cavity modes in deterministic aperiodic photonic structures: theory and applications," SPIE Photonics West 2009, San Jose, CA, Jan. 2009 (INVITED)
  • "Spectral engineering of deterministic aperiodic structures for controllable light scattering, localization and enhancement," INPRA’09, Honolulu, USA, July 2009 (INVITED)
  • Rigorous theoretical study of local density of states and mode localization in 2D aperiodic photonic structures,” PIERS 2008, Cambridge, USA, July 2008 (INVITED)
  • Photonic Molecules Made of Matched and Mismatched Microcavities: New Functionalities of Microlasers and Optoelectronic Components,” SPIE Photonics West 2007, San Hose , CA  2007 (INVITED)
  • S.V. Boriskina, “Control of Modes Coupling, Selection and Enhancement in Wavelength-Scale Optical Microcavity Structures: Applications to Microlasers and Biosensing,” LFNM Int. Conference, Kharkov, Ukraine, June 2006 (INVITED)

Invited lectures and seminars

  • "Harnessing and harvesting terrestrial thermal photon sources," Applied Physics @ MIT seminar series, Sept. 2017

  • "Smart polymers for thermal management," US Army Natick Soldier Research, Development & Engineering Center, Oct 2016 

  • "Optics+Energy: something old, something new, something borrowed & something blue", Frontiers in Optics special event, Rochester NY, Oct 2016

  • "Losses in plasmonics: strategies to bypass, mitigate, or - if nothing else works - embrace them", OSA Nanophotonics Technical Group Webinar, May 2016

  • "Tailoring optical darkness for light focusing, signal processing, and emission shaping," Boston College, Department of Physics Colloquim, Mar 2015

  • Singular Nano-Photonics: Hydrodynamics-Inspired Light Trapping And Routing” for the Boston Chapter of the IEEE Photonics Society, Lincoln Lab, MIT, Sept 2013

  • “Harnessing collective effects in photonic-plasmonic structures for ultrasensitive detection and spectroscopy,” Physics colloquium, UMass Boston, MA, Nov 2012

  • “Taming optical tornadoes on a chip: hydrodynamics-inspired plasmonic nanocircuit design” MIT MechE Micro Nano Seminar, Oct. 2012

  • “Taming optical tornadoes on a chip: hydrodynamics-inspired plasmonic nanocircuit design,” Graduate Center of the City University of New York Colloquium, New York, NY, Mar 2012

  • “Superlenses for optoplasmonic nanocircuits,” Boston University ECE Department Seminar, Boston, MA, Nov. 2011

  • "Plasmonically integrated optical tornadoes: from vortex nanogears to phase-operated plasmonic machinery," University of Massachusetts Lowell, Oct. 2011

  • "Spying on molecules through optoplasmonic superlenses," Pchem Seminar, Boston University, Sept. 2011

  • "Molding light flow, trapping and escape in coupled microdisk photonic molecules and CROWs," Yale University, New Haven, CT, Apr 2008

  • ICO-ICTP Award Lecture, 2007 ICTP Winter College on Fibre Optics, Fibre Lasers and Sensors, ICTP, Trieste, Italy, Feb 2007

  • “Spectral engineering of electromagnetic and photonics components with boundary-integral-equations techniques”, Helsinki University of Technology, Helsinki, Finland, Nov 2006

  • “Electromagnetic theory in the shrinking world of modern technology: what does it take to go to nanoscale?” 5th Kharkov Young Scientists Conference, Inst. of Radiophysics & Electronics, Dec 2005

  • “Nanophotonics: Current Trends and Research at the University of Nottingham. WGM Dielectric Resonators and Novel-Shape Waveguides for WDM Applications”, East Ukraine IEEE Chapter Meeting, Kharkov, Ukraine, Dec 2001

  • “Full-Vectorial Analysis of Bound, Leaky and Complex Modes of Arbitrary-Shaped Optical Fibers”, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Nottingham, UK, Nov 2001

  • “Applications of Integral Equations and the Method of Analytical Regularization in Wave Scattering and Eigenvalue Problems”, Department of Mathematics, University of Dundee, Scotland, Feb 2000

  • “Numerical Modeling of a Reflector Antenna Radiation near an Interface. Complex Source - Dual Series Approach”, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, July 1996

Professional societies memberships


Since 2009:     Member, Materials Research Society (MRS)

Since 2005:     Member, The International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE)

Since 2012:     Senior Member; 2000-2012: Member, Optical Society of America (OSA)

Since 2006:     Senior Member; 2000-2006: Member; 1996-1999: Student Member, AP, MTT and LEO Societies of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)