Dr Susan Spesyvtseva

Knowledge Exchange Fellow


Personal statement

I enjoy working at the interface between research and innovation, and am driven by the exciting potential for new technologies to have real impact on the world. I am passionate about use-inspired research, and work to ensure that the best and most exciting new ideas, observations and concepts that emerge from the research laboratory progress to real-world applications with societal impact.

I work closely with academics and researchers across the Physics Department in technology areas including photonics, quantum technologies, space, biophotonics, and plasma. I am a key department link with industry and RTOs to facilitate collaboration and knowledge transfer of the department’s applied research. We work with industry through a number of mechanisms, including consultancy, InnovateUK-funded projects, directly-funded projects, student projects, knowledge transfer partnerships (KTPs), intellectual property (IP) licensing, and continuing professional development (CPD). Please contact me to discuss opportunities.

My technical expertise is in photonics and I have a research background in optical trapping, beam shaping and plasmonics. I studied for an MPhys Physics at the University of St Andrews before receiving my PhD in optical trapping from University College London in 2013. I then took up postdoctoral research positions at the Photonics Advanced Research Center, Osaka University, Japan, and University of St Andrews, before joining the Physics Department at the University of Strathclyde in 2017.

I currently lead a Knowledge Transfer Partnership with TMD Technologies Ltd. to translate a miniaturised atomic trapping platform. I am a member of the UK Quantum Technology Hub for Sensors and Timing, taking part in efforts to translate underpinning technologies for quantum sensors. I have additional remit to advance space-related technologies through Strathclyde’s TIC Space Cluster.


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
Optical Manipulation Conference Optical Manipulation Conference 2017 (2017)
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)

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Professional activities

KE Fellow, Space Academic Network (SPAN)
Space Photonics
Introduction to Lasers CPD 2, in collab. with NMIS (NTTF funded)
Introduction to Lasers CPD 1, in collab. with NMIS (NTTF funded)
Wearable UV technology for phototherapy - IAA project
Aurora Leadership Programme (AdvanceHE)

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Space Photonics
Spesyvtseva, Susan (Principal Investigator)
Space Photonics,
Spesyvtseva, Susan (Principal Investigator)
Space Cluster Ideas Fund Award
Satellite QKD
Spesyvtseva, Susan (Co-investigator)
SPAN Fellowship
Spesyvtseva, Susan (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2022
TIC Zone IDEAS Fund: Space-Air Architectures for QKD
Oi, Daniel (Principal Investigator) Spesyvtseva, Susan (Researcher)
01-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2022
Space Cluster KE Fellow (Physics)
Spesyvtseva, Susan (Fellow)
01-Jan-2021 - 01-Jan-2023

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Technology Innovation Centre

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