Skip to main content
School of Physics and Astronomy

Dr Andrei Sapelkin


Senior Lecturer

Telephone: 020 7882 3414
Room Number: G.O. Jones Building, Room 126


Current Teaching:

  • SEF006 - Fields and Waves, SEFP, Semester B
  • SPA6312 - Condensed Matter B, Year 3, Semester B

Past Teaching:

  • PHY5201 – Physics Laboratory, Year 2, Semester B
  • PHY108 – Condensed Matter Physics, Year 1, Semester A
  • PHY550 – Solid State Physics, Year 3, Semester B
  • PHY201 – Physics Laboratory, Year 2, Semester B


Research Interests:

My research interests are in the atomic structure, interatomic interactions, optical and electronic properties of non-periodic materials with particular focus on ultra-small nanoparticles and quantum dots (QDs). A part of my work includes investigating materials under a variety of in situ perturbations including high pressure, high and low temperatures and laser excitation. My research activities include both experimental and computational components.

On the experimental side I extensively use x-ray absorption spectroscopy and scattering, hence my long-standing involvement with large scale facilities such as synchrotron radiation and neutron sources. I have also been utilising and developing a selection of Raman scattering, photoluminescence and spectral imaging methods for materials characterisation.

On the computational side I utilise a selection of specialised codes (e.g. FEFF, FDMES, Excurve) for electronic structure, x-ray scattering and absorption calculations using ab initio and DFT codes for modelling x-ray and electron spectroscopies and materials properties.

Another long-standing interest of mine is in the bio-applications of nanoscale system and to sustain this activity I maintain extensive collaborations with chemist, biologists and materials scientists.

Research Group

Current members

Ying Liu, Atomic structure of low-dimensional materials

Past Members

Nikolaos Papaioannou, now with Unilever UK. 

Kemal Keseroglu, now a Research Fellow at Cincinnati Children's, USA.

Zhang Yuanpeng, now at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA. 

Ali Karatutlu, now an Assistant Professor at Bursa Orhangazi University, Turkey.

Mingying Song, now a Research Fellow at The State Key Laboratory of Laser Interaction with Matter, China.

Osman Ersoy, Semiconductor quantum dots

William Little, Structure and optical properties of semiconductor quantum dots.




    My Talks

    Quantum Dots for imaging Talk [PDF 3,298KB] at a British Council Sponsored Workshop, Saratov, Russia, September 2012

    Quantum Dots Raman and PL Talk [PDF 2,757KB] at Renishaw Inside Raman workshop, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, 11th-12th September 2012

    Interaction of nanostructures with living cells Talk [PDF 2,091KB] at Royal Holloway, University of London, December 2011

    Nanostructures under pressure Talk [PDF 1,028KB] at a CSEC, Edinburgh, 25 Feb 2010 and at CEMES-CNRS Toulouse, France 4th Oct 2010

    In the Media

    Reference to our work on Wikipedia (see Ref 16, or search Sapelkin) and in online publications