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University of Cambridge
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    Dr Mike Pivnenko

    Murray Edwards College
    CB3 0DF

    Fellow in Engineering



    I really enjoy our students' inquisitive approach, passion for science and sometimes really unique perspectives to solving problems

    Degrees and honours

    PhD (Kharkov University, Ukraine)


    Mike Pivnenko received his MSc in Engineering from Kharkov University (Ukraine) in 1986. Between 1986 and 1996 he was involved in theoretical research on electrodynamics of condensed media. After completing his doctoral studies on the Physics of Liquid Crystals in 2000, he joined the Liquid Crystal Group at the University of Southampton. Mike then became a Research Fellow in the Centre of Molecular Materials for Photonics and Electronics, University of Cambridge, studying liquid crystals, including blue phase materials, and liquid crystal lasers. From 2008 he is with the Photonic & Sensors Group studying liquid crystal on silicon microchip devices.


    High-birefringence nematic liquid crystal for broadband THz applications

    X Li, N Tan, M Pivnenko, J Sibik, JA Zeitler, D Chu - Liquid Crystals, 2016

    Advanced die-level assembly techniques and quality analysis for phase-only liquid crystal on silicon devices

    Z Zhang, M Pivnenko, I Medina-Salazar, Z You, D Chu - Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, 2015

    A compensation method for the full phase retardance nonuniformity in phase-only liquid crystal on silicon spatial light modulators

    L Teng, M Pivnenko, B Robertson, R Zhang, D Chu - Optics express, 2014

    Liquid crystal ‘blue phases’ with a wide temperature range

    HJ Coles, MN Pivnenko - Nature, 2005