Homepage of Svetlana V. Boriskina – CV

  • 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

  • Jan 2000 – Mar 2005: University of Nottingham, UK

    • Research Fellow

      School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering


    • Royal Society / NATO Postdoctoral Fellow @ School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (2000-2001)

  • 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 (


    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

  • “Smart fabrics for passive radiative cooling and thermal signature control,

    MRS Spring Meeting, Symposium MA05, Phoenix, AZ Apr. 2018


  • “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


  • “Heat is the new light: harnessing terrestrial thermal photon sources,”

    Gordon Research Conference: Energy as a Subtle Concept

    , Bryant University, Smithfield, RI, June 2018,


  • Topological materials: new horizons for energy and sustainability,”

    OSA Conference on Novel Optical Materials (NOMA), New Orleans, LA, July 2017


  • Singular-phase optical sensing with topologically protected Tamm interfacial states in planar nanostructures,”

    OSA Sensors Conference, New Orleans, LA, July 2017


  • Ultra-thin crystalline silicon solar cells & near-field thermo-radiative cells,”

    MRS Fall Meeting, Boston, MA, Dec. 2016


  • 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


  • Hybrid optoplasmonic platforms for sensing and spectroscopy: from new physics to new functionalities,”

    European Workshop on Optical Fiber Sensors, Limerick, Ireland, May 2016


  • “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


  • “Exploring and tailoring near-field thermal radiation at extreme separations,”

    META-15, New York, NY, Aug. 2015


  • “Hybrid optoplasmonic structures and materials: from new physics to new functionalities,” 

    OSA Advanced Photonics Congress – NOMA’15, Boston, MA, June 2015


  • “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


  • “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


  • “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


  • “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


  • “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


  • Hybrid optoplasmonic elements for ultra-sensitive detection and information processing on the nanoscale,” SPIE Photonics West 2012, San Francisco, CA, Jan. 2012


  • Hybrid optoplasmonic microresonators and networks,” IEEE Photonics 2011 Conference (IPC11) , Arlington, VA, Oct. 2011


  • 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


  • 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)

  • “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

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

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