Amin Abdolvand

Amin Abdolvand

Professor of Functional Materials and Photonics

Profile

I occupy the Chair of Functional Materials & Photonics. I am a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (FInstP), Senior Member of the Optical Society of America (OSA), and head the Materials & Photonics Systems (MAPS) Group at the School of Science & Engineering (

http://www.mapsatepm.org.uk). I have held an EPSRC Career Acceleration Fellowship (Aug. 2010 - July 2015) on "Metal-glass nanocomposites through nanoengineering to application" and EPSRC New Directions for Research Leaders Award (April 2012 - March 2014) on "Creative, comprehensive, composite engineering" (EP/I004173/1).

I am working in the interface of Engineering and Physics. Broadly, my research covers:

  • Fabrication & functionalisation of nano-materials;
  • Surface functionalisation of materials;
  • Applied laser technology.

The Group has benefited from close industrial support to form the Nano-Materials Research Lab (NMRL), and indeed MAPS own characterisation and laser materials engineering facility – multimillion equipment investment - in collaboration with EPSRC, CERN, EU FP7 and STFC. MAPS laser materials engineering and characterisation facilities are comparable to any state-of-the-art facility of this type in the World. Currently I am actively pursuing Advanced Manufacturing with Light – see more under Research.

 

Biography

  • Research Scientist, Martin-Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany (2003-2006).
  • PD Research Fellow, The University of Manchester, UK (2006-2008).
  • PD Research Fellow, University of Dundee, UK (2008-2010).

Research

Within the Advance Manufacturing or Engineering with Light research programme, I explore the fact that different textures and structures have significant effects on optical, aerodynamical, tribological, biological and electronic characteristics of materials. My aim is to develop and establish new precision laser engineering techniques to modify the nanostructure of

materials and demonstrate novel light-matter interaction mechanisms. This "manufacturing with light" promises to form a major platform in advanced materials engineering for industrial applications across the gamut of emerging needs – ranging from surface modification in materials for particle accelerators and space technology, to volume modifications of composite systems and the formation of nanoparticulate printable inks for security and energy sectors. Despite the diverse characteristics of the above phenomena, they are all based on a common theme – the interaction of light with matter leading to nanoscale laser materials engineering. In the course of exploring this central hypothesis, I anticipate gaining an understanding and creating new knowledge of the relationship between the light-induced changes in internal and surface structure of materials and their properties. I believe that knowledge of these relationships, and the processes by which materials can be modified and engineered by light, are fundamental to the design and manufacture of products.

Publications

  • On second harmonic generation and multiphoton-absorption induced luminescence from laser-reshaped silver nanoparticles embedded in glass, S. A. Zolotovskaya, M. A. Tyrk, A. Stalmashonak, W. A. Gillespie and A. Abdolvand, NANOTECHNOLOGY Volume: 27, Pages: 435703 (8pp) (2016).
  • Optical sensing of polarization using conical diffraction phenomenon, S. D. Grant, S. Reynolds and A. Abdolvand, JOURNAL OF OPTICS, Volume: 18, Pages: 025609 (5pp) (2016).
  • Property and shape modulation of carbon fibres using lasers, J. J. Blaker, D. B. Anthony, G. Tang, S.R. Shamsuddin, G. Kalinka, M. Weinrich, A. Abdolvand, M. S. P. Shaffer and A. Bismarck, APPLIED MATERIALS & INTERFACES, Volume: 8, Pages: 16351-8 (2016).
  • Structural characterisation of printable noble metal/poly(Vinyl-Alcohol) nanocopmposite for optical applications, A. C. Hourd, R. T. Baker and A. Abdolvand, NANOSCALE, Volume: 5, Pages: 1674-1681 (2015). 
  • Radially and Azimuthally polarised laser induced shape transformation of embedded metallic nanoparticles in glass, M. A. Tyrk, S. A. Zolotovskaya, W. A. Gillespie and A. Abdolvand, OPTICS EXPRESS, Volume: 23, Pages: 23394-23400 (2015).
  • Imprinting of glass, L. Fleming, D. M. Goldie and A. Abdolvand, OPTICS MATERIALS EXPRESS, Volume: 5, Pages: 1674-1681 (2015).
  • Scatter-limited conduction in printed platinum nanofilms, D. M. Goldie, A. C. Hourd, M. R. Harvie, J. Thomson and A. Abdolvand, JOURNAL OF MATERIALS SCIENCE Volume: 50, Pages: 1169-1174 (2015).
  • Effect of water flow rate, casting speed, alloying elements and pull distance on tensile strength, elongation percentage and microstructure of continues cast copper alloys, E. R. Bagherian, Y. Fan, M. Copper, B. Frame and A. Abdolvand, METALLURGICAL RESEARCH & TECHNOLOGY, Volume: 113, Pages: 308-321 (2016). 
  • Investigation of the distribution of lead in three different combinations of brass feedstock, E. R. Bagherian, Y. Fan, M. Copper, B. Frame and A. Abdolvand, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF METALCASTING, Volume: 10, Pages: 322-328 (2016). 
  • Effect of melt temperature, cleanout cycle, continuous casting direction (horizontal/vertical) and supper-cooler size on tensile strength, elongation percentage and microstructure of continuous cast copper alloys, E. R. Bagherian, Y. Fan, M. Copper, B. Frame and A. Abdolvand, METALLURGICAL RESEARCH & TECHNOLOGY, Volume: 113, Pages: 502-518 (2016). 
  • Novel low secondary electron yield engineered surface for mitigation of electron cloud, R. Valizadeh, O. B. Malyshev, S. Wang, S. A. Zolotovskaya, W. A. Gillespie and A. AbdolvandAPPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS Volume: 105, Pages: 231605 [1-4] (2014).
  • Surface plasmon resonance assisted rapid laser joining of glass,S. A. Zolotovskaya, G. Tang, Z. Wang and A. Abdolvand, APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS, Volume: 105, Pages: 083109[1-4] (2014).
  • On the frequency-doubled conically-refracted Gaussian beam, S. Grant, S. A. Zolotovskaya, T. K. Kalkandjiev, W. A. Gillespie and A. Abdolvand, OPTICS EXPRESS, Volume: 22, Pages: 21347-21353 (2014).
  • Azimuthally and radially polarised light in conical diffraction, S. D. Grant, S. A. Zolotovskaya, W. A. Gillespie, T. K. Kalkandjiev and A. Abdolvand, OPTICS LETTERS, Volume: 39, Pages: 1988-1991 (2014).
  • Controlled modification of optical and structural properties of glass with embedded silver nanoparticles by nanosecond pulsed laser irradiation, L. Fleming, G. Tang, S. A. Zolotovskaya and A. Abdolvand, OPTICS MATERIALS EXPRESS, Volume: 4, Pages: 969-975 (2014).
  • Generation of silver nanoparticles with controlled size and spatial distribution by pulsed laser irradiation of silver ion-doped glass, S. Wackerow and A. Abdolvand, OPTICS EXPRESS, Volume: 22, Pages: 5076-5086 (2014).
  • Evolution of conically diffracted Gaussian beams in free space, S. D. Grant and A. Abdolvand, OPTICS EXPRESS, Volume: 22, Pages: 3880-3886 (2014)
  • Picosecond pulsed laser induced optical dichroism in glass with embedded metallic nanoparticles, M. A. Tyrk, W. A. Gillespie, G. Seifert and A. Abdolvand, OPTICS EXPRESS, Volume: 21, Pages: 21823-21828 (2013).
  • Laser-assisted manufacture of microstructures on Titanium, G. Tang and A. Abdolvand, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ADVANCE MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY Volume: 66, Pages: 1769-1775 (2013).
  • Left and right circularly polarised light in cascade conical diffraction, S. D. Grant and A. Abdolvand, OPTICS LETTERS Volume: 37, Pages: 5226-5228 (2012).
  • The laser quest, A. Abdolvand, Public Service Review: UK Science & Technology Issue 8, pp. 124 (2012).http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/Launch.aspx?EID=66898145-bb39-4569-bf6c-8c723f0e00d5
  • Medieval stained glass and optoelectronics, A. Abdolvand, Public Service Review: UK Science & Technology Issue 8, pp. 125 (2012)http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/Launch.aspx?EID=66898145-bb39-4569-bf6c-8c723f0e00d5
  • Nanosecond pulsed laser blackening of copper, G. Tang, A. C. Hourd and A. AbdolvandAPPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS Volume: 101, Pages: 2319021-4 (2012).
  • Optical analysis of the formation of a silver nanoparticle-containing layer in glass, S. Wackerow and A. Abdolvand, OPTICS EXPRESS, Volume: 20, Pages: 23227-23234 (2012).
  • Diffractive optical element embedded in a silver-doped nanocomposite glass, L. A. H. Fleming, S. Wackerow, A. C. Hourd, W. A. Gillespie, G. Seifert and A. Abdolvand, OPTICS EXPRESS, Volume: 20, Pages: 22579-22583 (2012).
  • Laser-assisted one-step fabrication of silver-glass composite, S. Wackerow and A. Abdolvand, APPLIED PHYSICS A-MATERIALS SCIENCE & PROCESSING (Rapid Commun.), Volume: 109, Pages: 45-49 (2012).
  • Laser-assisted manufacture of microstructures on Titanium, G. Tang and A. Abdolvand, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ADVANCE MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY. DOI 10.1007/s00170-012-4456-x (2012).
  • Homogenous silver-doped nanocomposite glass, S. Wackerow, G. Seifert and A. Abdolvand, OPTICAL MATERIALS EXPRESS, Volume: 1, Pages: 1224-1231 (2011).
  • Metal-glass nanocomposites for optical storage of information, A. Stalmashonak, A. Abdolvand, G. Seifert, APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS, Volume: 99, 049146  (2011).
  • Conical diffraction of a multi-crystal cascade: experimental observations, A. Abdolvand, APPLIED PHYSICS B – LASERS & OPTICS (Rapid Commun.), Volume: 103, Pages: 281-283 (2011).
  • Laser-assisted highly organised structuring of copper, G. Tang and A. Abdolvand, OPTICAL MATERIALS EXPRESS, Volume: 1, Pages: 1425-1432 (2011).
  • Second-harmonic conical refraction: observation of free and forced harmonic waves, S. A. Zolotovskaya, A. Abdolvand, T. K. Kalkandjiev, E. U. Rafailov, APPLIED PHYSICS B – LASERS & OPTICS (Rapid Commun.), Volume: 103, Pages: 9-12 (2011).
  • Conical refraction Nd:KGd(WO4)2 laser, A. Abdolvand, K. G. Wilcox, T. K. Kalkandjiev, E. U. Rafailov, OPTICS EXPRESS, Volume: 18, Pages: 2753-2759 (2010).
  • Laser with simultaneous Gaussian and conical refraction outputs, K. G. Wilcox, A. Abdolvand, T. K. Kalkandjiev, E. U. Rafailov, APPLIED PHYSICS B – LASERS & OPTICS (Rapid Commun.), Volume: 99, Pages: 619-622 (2010).
  • Study of thin-film silicon solar cells at irradiances above ten thousand suns, Y. Lu, A. Abdolvand, S. Reynolds, journal of physics, Volume: 253, Pages: 012042 (2010).
  • Electronically controlled pulse duration passively mode-locked Cr:forsterite laser, S. A. Zolotovskaya, K. G. Wilcox, A. Abdolvand, D. A. Livshits, E. U. Rafailov, IEEE PHOTONICS TECHNOLOGY LETTERS, Volume: 21 Pages: 1124-1126 (2009).
  • Formation of highly organised, periodic microstructures on steel surface upon pulsed laser irradiation, A. Abdolvand, R. Lloyd, M. Schmidt, Z. Liu, L. Li, APPLIED PHYSICS A-MATERIALS SCIENCE & PROCESSING,Volume: 95 Pages: 447-452 (2009).
  • Toward the production of micropolarizers by irradiation of composite glasses with silver nanoparticles, A. Stalmashonak, G. Seifert, A. A. Unal, U. Skrzypczak, A. Podlipensky, A. Abdolvand, H. Graener, APPLIED OPTICS, Volume:  48 Pages: F38-F44 (2009).
  • Generation of titanium-oxide nanoparticles in liquid at high rates using high-power high-brightness continuous-wave fibre laser source, A. Abdolvand, S. Khan, M. Schmidt, P. Crouse, Y. Yuan, Z. Liu, M. Sharp, L. Li, APPLIED PHYSICS A-MATERIALS SCIENCE & PROCESSING (Rapid Communication) Volume: 91 Pages: 365-368 (2008).
  • Generation and characterisation of NiO nanoparticles by continuous wave fibre laser ablation in liquid, S. Khan, Y. Yuan, A. Abdolvand M. Schmidt, P. Crouse, Z. Liu, L. Li, M. Sharp, K. G. Watkins, JOURNAL OF NANOPARTICLES RESEARCH Volume: 11 Pages: 1421-1427 (2009).
  •  Generation of metal-oxide nanoparticles using continuous-wave fibre laser ablation in liquid, Z. Liu, Y. Yuan, S. Khan, A. Abdolvand, D. Whitehead, M. Schmidt, L. Li, JOURNAL OF MICROMECHANICS AND MICROENGNEERING, Volume: 19, Pages:  054008 (2009).
  • Laser-assisted generation of self-assembled microstructures on stainless steel, R. Lloyd, A. Abdolvand, M. Schmidt, P. Crouse, D. Whitehead, Z. Liu, L. Li, APPLIED PHYSICS A-MATERIALS SCIENCE & PROCESSING Volume: 93 Pages: 117-122 (2008).
  • Optical properties of photonic/plasmonic structures in nanocomposite glass, H. Graener, A. Abdolvand, S. Wackerow, O. Kiriyenko, W. Hergert, PHYSICA STATUS SOLIDI A Volume: 204(11) Pages: 3838-3847 (2007).
  • Modelling of the optical properties of silver-doped nano-composite glass modified by electric filed assisted dissolution of nanoparticles, J. Sancho-Paramon, A. Abdolvand, A. Podlipensky, F. Syrowatks, G. Seifert, H. Graener, APPLIED OPTICS Volume: 45 Pages: 8874-8881 (2006).
  • Poling-assisted bleaching of soda-lime float glasses containing silver nanoparticles with a decreasing filling factor across the depth, O. Deparis, P. G. Kazansky, A. Abdolvand, A. Podlipensky, G. Seifert and H. Graener, JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSICS Volume: 100 Pages: 044318 (2006).
  • Silver-doped nanocomposite glass as a base material for fine metallodielectric microstructuring, A. Abdolvand, A. Podlipensky, S. Matthias, F. Syrowatka, G. Seifert and H. Graener, Source: Nanophotonics Book Series: PROCEEDINGS OF THE SOCIETY OF PHOTO-OPTICAL INSTRUMENTATION ENGINEERS (SPIE) Volume: 6195   Pages: 215-220 (2006).
  • Production of dichroitic 3D structures by fs laser irradiation in composite glass containing Ag nanoparticles, G. Seifert, A. Podlipensky, A.. Abdolvand, H. Graener, Source: Photon Processing in Microelectronic and Photonics V Book Series: PROCEEDINGS OF THE SOCIETY OF PHOTO-OPTICAL INSTRUMENTATION ENGINEERS (SPIE) Volume: 6106   Pages: 364-371 (2006).
  • Metallodielectric 2D photonic structures made by DC electric field microstructuring of nanocomposite glasses, A. Abdolvand, A. Podlipensky, S. Matthias, F. Syrowatka, U. Gösele, G. Seifert, H. Graener, ADVANCED MATERIALS Volume: 17 (24) Pages: 2983-2987 (2005).Selected as Cover Picture.
  • Femtosecond laser assisted production of dichroic 3D structures in composite glass containing Ag nanoparticles, A. Podlipensky, A. Abdolvand, G. Seifert, H. Graener, APPLIED PHYSICS A-MATERIALS SCIENCE & PROCESSING Volume: 80 Pages: 1647-1652 (2005).
  • Electric field-assisted formation of percolated silver nanolayers inside glass, A. Abdolvand, A. Podlipensky, G. Seifert, H. Graener, O. Deparis, P. G. Kazansky, OPTICS EXPRESS Volume: 13(4) Pages 1266-1274(2005).
  • Evolution of poling-assisted bleaching of metal-doped nanocomposite glass with poling conditions, O. Deparis, P. G. Kazansky, A. Abdolvand, A. Podlipensky, G. Seifert, H. Graener, APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS Volume: 86 Pages: 261109(2005).
  • Generation of wavelength-dependent, periodic line pattern in metal nanoparticle-containing polymer films by femtosecond laser irradiation, A. Kiesow, S. Strohkark, K. Löschner, A. Heilmann, A. Podlipensky, A. Abdolvand, G. Seifert, APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS Volume: 86 Pages: 153111(2005).
  • Effective medium models for metal-dielectric composites: an analysis based on the spectral density theory, J. Sancho-Paramon, S. Bosch, A. Abdolvand, A. Podlipensky, G. Seifert, H. Graener, Source: ADVANCES IN OPTICAL THIN FILMS II Book Series: PROCEEDINGS OF THE SOCIETY OF PHOTO-OPTICAL INSTRUMENTATION ENGINEERS (SPIE)Volume: 5963   Pages: 556-566 (2005).
  • Production of 3D, dichroic microstructures in nanocomposite glasses by femtosecond laser pulses, G. Seifert, A. Podlipensky, A. Abdolvand, J. Lange, H. Graener, Source: ULTRAFAST PHENOMENA XIV Book Series: SPRINGER SERIES IN CHEMICAL PHYSICS   Volume: 79   Pages: 810-812 (2005).
  • Dissolution of silver nanoparticles in glass through an intense DC electric field, A. Podlipensky, A. Abdolvand, G. Seifert, H. Graener, O. Deparis, P. G. Kazansky, JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B Volume: 108 (46), Pages: 17699-17703 (2004).
  • Poling-assisted bleaching of metal-doped nanocomposite glass, O. Deparis, P. G. Kazansky, A. Abdolvand, A. Podlipensky, G. Seifert, H. Graener, APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS Volume: 85(6) Pages: 872-875(2004).
  • Efficient Ho:YAG laser pumped by a cladding-pumped tunable Tm:silica fiber laser, D.Y. Shen, A. Abdolvand, L. J. Cooper and W.A. Clarkson, APPLIED PHYSICS B-LASERS & OPTICS Volume: 79(5) Pages: 559-562 (2004).
  • Novel technique for engineering the structural and optical properties of metal-doped nanocomposite glasses, O. Deparis, P. G. Kazansky, A. Abdolvand, A. Podlipensky, G. Seifert and H. Graener, Book Series: LASERS & ELECTRO OPTICS SOCIETY SYMPOSIUM PROCEEDINGS (IEEE LEOS-Benelux Chapter) Volume: S04P033 Pages: 33-34 (2004).
  • Line pattern in plasma polymer films with embedded gold and silver nanoparticles by irradiation with ultrashort laser pulses, Kiesow A, Strohkark S, Loschner K, A. Heilmann, A. Podlipensky, A. Abdolvand, G. Seifert, Source: NANOPARTICLES AND NANOWIRE BUILDING BLOCKS-SYNTHESIS, PROCESSING, CHARACTERIZATION AND THEORY  Book Series: MATERIALS RESEARCH SOCIETY SYMPOSIUM PROCEEDINGS   Volume: 818   Pages: 383-387 (2004).
  • Passively Q-switched Er-Yb double clad fiber laser with Cr2+:ZnSe and Co2+:MgAl2O4 as a saturable absorber, V. Philippov, A. Abdolvand, J. Nilsson, W.A. Clarkson, V.E. Kisel, V.G. Shcherbitsky, N.V. Kuleshov, V.I. Konstantinov, V.I. Levchenko, Source: FIBER LASERS: TECHNOLOGY, SYSTEMS, AND APPLICATIONS  Book Series: PROCEEDINGS OF THE SOCIETY OF PHOTO-OPTICAL INSTRUMENTATION ENGINEERS (SPIE)   Volume: 5335   Pages: 8-15 (2004).
  • Ultra-efficient Ho:YAG laser end-pumped by a cladding-pumped Tm-doped silica fibre laser, A. Abdolvand, D. Y. Shen, L. J. Cooper, R. B. Williams and W. A. Clarkson, ADVANCED SOLID-STATE LASERS, PROCEEDINGS Book Series: OSA TRENDS IN OPTICS AND PHOTONICS   Volume: 83   Pages: 7-11 (2003).
  • High power two-micron fiber lasers, W.A. Clarkson, A. Abdolvand, D.Y. Shen, R.B. Hayward, L.J. Cooper, R.B. Williams and J. Nilsson, Source: XIV INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON GAS FLOW, CHEMICAL LASERS, AND HIGH-POWER LASERS Book Series: PROCEEDINGS OF THE SOCIETY OF PHOTO-OPTICAL INSTRUMENTATION ENGINEERS (SPIE) Volume: 5120   Pages: 482-489 (2003). Invited.
  • High power Yb:KGW and Yb:KYW thin disk laser operation, S. Erhard, J. Gao, A. Giesen, K. Contag, A.A. Lagatsky, A. Abdolvand, N.V. Kuleshov, J. Aus der Au, G.J. Spuhler, F. Brunner, R. Paschotta, U. Keller, Source: ADVANCED SOLID-STATE LASERS, PROCEEDINGS Book Series: OSA TRENDS IN OPTICS AND PHOTONICS   Volume: 56   Pages: 333-336 (2001).
  • Thin Disk Laser Operation and Spectroscopic Characterization of Yb-doped Sesquioxides and Potassium Tungstates, M. Larionov, J. Gao, S. Erhard, A. Giesen, K. Contag, V. Peters, E. Mix, L. Fornasiero, K. Petermann, G. Huber, J. Aus der Au, G.J. Spühler, F. Brunner, R. Paschotta, U. Keller, A. A. Lagatsky, A. Abdolvand, N. V. Kuleshov, Source: ADVANCED SOLID-STATE LASERS, PROCEEDINGS Book Series: OSA TRENDS IN OPTICS AND PHOTONICS   Volume: 50   Pages: 625-631 (2001).
  • Diode-pumped passively Q-switched Yb:KGW laser, A. Lagatsky, A. Abdolvand, N.V. Kuleshov, Source: ADVANCED SOLID-STATE LASERS, PROCEEDINGS Book Series: OSA TRENDS IN OPTICS AND PHOTONICS   Volume: 43   Pages: 116-119 (2000).
  • Diode-pumped femtosecond Yb:KGd(WO4)2 laser with 1.1 W average power, F. Brunner, G.J. Spühler, J. Aus der Au, L. Krainer, F. Morier-Genoud, R. Paschotta, N. Lichtenstein, S. Weiss, C. Harder, A.A. Lagatsky, A. Abdolvand, N.V. Kuleshov, and U. Keller, OPTICS LETTERS Volume: 25(15) Pages: 1119-1121 (2000).
  • Passive Q-switching and self-frequency Raman conversion in diode-pumped Yb:KGd(WO4)2 laser, A.A. Lagatsky, A. Abdolvand, N.V. Kuleshov, OPTICS LETTERS Volume: 25(9) Pages: 616-619 (2000).