Dr Susan Spesyvtseva

Knowledge Exchange Fellow


Personal statement

Susan Spesyvtseva studied for an MPhys Physics at the University of St Andrews before receiving her PhD in optical trapping from University College London in 2013. She then took up postdoctoral research positions at Osaka University, Japan, and University of St Andrews, before joining the Physics Department at the University of Strathclyde as Knowledge Exchange Associate in 2017.

Susan’s primary remit is to grow the Knowledge Exchange (KE) portfolio of the Physics Department by initiating, supporting, and leading KE projects across the department. A focus of her work is developing industry-led research projects and she is always happy to hear from industry or other external partners with an interest in collaborating on any of the department’s research areas. She is also concerned with maximising the commercial potential of the intellectual property arising from departmental research. Companies with an interest in licensing Strathclyde Physics IP should feel free to get in touch.

Susan has a technical background in photonics, quantum physics and biophotonics. She currently leads a Knowledge Transfer Partnership with TMD Technologies Ltd. to develop a novel quantum platform for atom cooling. She is a member of the UK Quantum Technology Hub for Sensors and Timing, taking part in efforts to translate underpinning technologies for quantum sensors.


Rotational dynamics and heating of trapped nanovaterite particles
Arita Yoshihiko, Richards Joseph M, Mazilu Michael, Spalding Gabriel C, Skelton Spesyvtseva Susan E, Craig Derek, Dholakia Kishan
ACS Nano Vol 10, pp. 11505-11510 (2016)
Trapping in a material world
Spesyvtseva Susan ESkelton, Dholakia Kishan
ACS Photonics Vol 3, pp. 719-736 (2016)
Chirality-selective optical scattering force on single-walled carbon nanotubes
Skelton Spesyvtseva Susan E, Shoji Satoru, Kawata Satoshi
Physical Review Applied Vol 3 (2015)
Shaping of the trapping volume in optical tweezers using cylindrical vector beams
Skelton Susan E, Sergides Marios, Saija Rosalba, Iatì Maria Antonia, Maragó Onofrio M, Jones Philip H
JSAP-OSA Joint Symposia, JSAP 2013 JSAP-OSA Joint Symposia, JSAP 2013 Optics InfoBase Conference Papers (2013)
Trapping volume control in optical tweezers using cylindrical vector beams
Skelton S E, Sergides M, Saija R, Iatí M A, Maragó O M, Jones P H
Optics Letters Vol 38, pp. 28-30 (2013)
Evanescent wave optical trapping and transport of micro- and nanoparticles on tapered optical fibers
Skelton S E, Sergides M, Patel R, Karczewska E, Maragó O M, Jones P H
Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer Vol 113, pp. 2512-2520 (2012)

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Professional activities

Wearable UV technology for phototherapy
Aurora Leadership Programme (AdvanceHE)
IP and Commercialisation at Strathclyde
Student Project Supervision (PH450)
UK National Quantum Technology Hub in Sensors and Timing
Physics Business Breakfast

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KTP - TMD Technologies
Spesyvtseva, Susan (Principal Investigator) Riis, Erling (Co-investigator)
10-Jan-2018 - 10-Jan-2021

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Technology Innovation Centre

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