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Prof Saverio Russo

Professor of Physics

 (Streatham) 5195

 01392 725195



Quantum Systems and Nanomaterials­

The physics of future electronics is largely driven by the needs for reducing the size, enhancing the performances and combining novel functionalities in a single electrical device. The science of systems which are just one or few hundreds of atoms –i.e. nanoscale systems- differs significantly from that of macroscopic devices as it thrives primarily on the fundamental laws of quantum mechanics. This is leading to the discovery of a new realm of physical properties.

My research group is pioneering the novel science found in nano-systems. In particular, we are currently studying the electrical properties of graphene materials, which are just one or few carbon atom thick with honeycomb structure. In these materials charge carriers have a record high mobility at room temperature and behave as massless Dirac fermions.

Highlights from our recent breakthroughs include the discovery of the best known transparent material able to conduct electricity in 2012 in collaboration with the team of Dr M.F. Craciun. This is FeCl3-intercalated few layer graphene, and its electrical conductivity is more than 1000 times better than the one of pristine graphene. Read more about this news from BBC, Forbes, Reuters or read the original scientific manuscript published in Advanced Materials (Advanced Mater. 24, 2844 (2012)).

We recently discovered that the properties of FeCl3-intercalated few layer graphene, such as electrical conductivity and structure of the material, are also stable in extreme conditions of high levels of humidity (up to 100%) and temperatures as high as 600 C. Read more about this discovery in the news, El Mundo or read the original manuscript published in Nature Scientific Reports (Scientific Reports 5, 7609 (2015)).

Russo-lab web page

Centre for Graphene Science

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  • Craciun MF, Russo S, Withers F, Bointon TH, Martins S. Detector, Patent Number: WO2014111702 A2, WO, 2014.
  • Craciun MF, Russo S, Bointon TH. Doped graphene, Patent Number: WO2015049490 A1, WO, 2015.
  • Craciun MF, Russo S. Graphene-based material, Patent Number: US20140174513 A1, USA, 2014.
  • Craciun MF, Russo S. Graphene-based material, Patent Number: KR20140095614 (A), Korea, 2014.

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Further information

Open positions

Our group has several open PhD positions. In addition to the positions below, we are happy to host PhD students with own funding


Available funded positions


1- PhD studentships on Novel Quantum bit platforms

Deadline for applications 19-February-2024

Primary Supervisor:  Professor Saverio Russo

Secondary Supervisor:  Professor Monica Craciun

Funding: fully funded 4-year studentship including Tuition fees (UK/EU) and an annual stipend at current research council rates

This doctoral research project seeks to advance the frontier of quantum information science by developing experimentally innovative platforms for the realization of quantum bits (qubits) utilizing polaritons. Polaritons, hybrid particles resulting from the strong coupling between excitons and photons, exhibit unique quantum properties that make them promising candidates for the development of robust and scalable quantum computing architectures. The outcomes of this doctoral study have the potential to not only advance our fundamental understanding of quantum phenomena but also to pave the way for practical applications in the emerging era of quantum technologies.

Contact for informal enquiries: Prof. Saverio Russo, email ( or telephone (01392) 725195.

Application criteria: 

Applicants should be a highly motivated individual with a Master or Bachelor degree, or equivalent, in physics, engineering, chemistry or materials science.

How to apply

Get in touch with the potential supervisor for further guidance.

2- PhD studentships on Single photon detectors 

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