Dr Susan Spesyvtseva

Knowledge Exchange Fellow


Personal statement

I greatly enjoy working at the interface between research and innovation, and am driven by the exciting potential for new technologies to have real societal 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.

As a Knowledge Exchange expert, I am experienced at working with industry and other external partners. With a focus on business priorities, I support industry partners to access University expertise, research and emerging technologies to maximise economic and societal impact. Our unique partnership approach can help companies to solve business challenges, identify new opportunities and enable business growth.

Based in Strathclyde’s Physics Department, I work closely with industry, RTOs, and the public sector, to facilitate collaboration and knowledge transfer of the department’s applied research with key academic strengths in photonics, quantum technologies, space, plasma, and enabling technologies.

At Strathclyde, we work with industry through a number of mechanisms, including consultancy, Innovate UK-funded projects, contract research projects (directed by you), proof of concept, feasibility studies, PhD student projects, knowledge transfer partnerships (KTPs), intellectual property (IP) licensing, and continuing professional development (CPD). I am expert at making use of all available grants and funding streams and can advise on which support mechanisms can be used to leverage your resources. Get in touch in confidence to let me better understand your needs and see how I can help you connect to the right research, partners, and innovators.

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 hold the role of Associate Dean (Knowledge Exchange) for the Faculty of Science and therefore have additional remit to grow activity with external organisations and in particular those with key industrial partners and government organisations in research areas across the Science Faculty.


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

Research Integrity and Culture Week 2023
Space Photonics
KE Fellow, Space Academic Network (SPAN)
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

More professional activities


Space Photonics,
Spesyvtseva, Susan (Principal Investigator)
Space Cluster Ideas Fund Award
Space Photonics
Spesyvtseva, Susan (Principal Investigator)
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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