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Dr. Oleksandr Kyriienko

Oleksandr Kyriienko

Dr. Oleksandr Kyriienko is a Ukrainian theoretical physicist working in the fields of quantum optics, condensed matter physics, and quantum computing.

Currently he is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at the Physics department of the University of Exeter. Previously he was a Fellow at the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics (NORDITA), located in Stockholm, Sweden. He did postdoctoral research at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen. Oleksandr obtained the PhD degree from the University of Iceland, and was a visiting PhD in diverse institions, including Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

Dr. Kyriienko started out as a theoretical physicist in condensed-matter physics, but he applied it to optics and semiconductor systems that are used to create lasers, which are actively used in the industry. In particular, he has been working on a theoretical design of a new type of lasers called “polariton lasers”. Since quantum optical systems have other excellent properties, like the ability to process quantum information and distribute it in the network, he grew strong interested in quantum computing and has a strong focus on the area. Here, the combination of strong light-matter coupling and quantum information processing represents the ultimate goal, leading to development of quantum polaritonics.


Academic Employments

Sep 2019 – present Lecturer (Assistant Professor), University of Exeter, Exeter, UK.

Nov 2017 – Aug 2019 Fellow, Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics (NORDITA), Stockholm, Sweden.

Oct 2014 – Oct 2017 Postdoctoral Researcher, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

May 2012 – Sep 2014 Research Assistant, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Nov 2010 – Sep 2014 PhD student, Science Institute, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland.


  • Research Assistant at NTU (Singapore) in 2012-2014.

  • Postdoctoral Researcher at the Niels Bohr Institute (Copenhagen, Denmark) in 2014-2017.

  • PhD student at the University of Iceland (Reykjavik, Iceland) in 2010-2014.