Nanomaterials Group, University of Southampton

Nanomaterials Group

Dr. Elena Koukharenko


I am a researcher in the Nanomaterials  Group in School of Physics and Astronomy and a visiting Senior scientist in School of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton. I received my undergraduate Chemical Engineering and Technology Degree from Belarusian State Technology University, Minsk (Belarus) in 1995.  I was awarded my PhD in physical chemistry of materials from the University of Montpellier II (France) in 2001 working on “Fabrication, microstructural and electrical characterizations of tellurides of bismuth and antimony for thermoelectric applications using ultrarapid quenching”. Since early 2001 I have been working as a Research Fellow at the University of Southampton, where  the main focus of my research has been nano/microtechnologies;  thermoelectric materials and semiconductor processing; development of  renewable energy sources from thermal gradients and vibrations, where I innovated cutting edge manufacturing processes and materials science research for successful devices (e.g. MEMS type vibration-based electromagnetic and nanostructured Bi-Sb-Te-based thermoelectric generators).

I have published over 60 peer-reviewed   journal, international conferences and symposia papers.


Selected Publications

Koukharenko, E et al (2008) Towards a nanostructured thermoelectric generator using ion-track lithography, J. Micromech. Microeng. 18 104015 (9pp) Cited 6

Koukharenko, E, Beeby, SP, Tudor, MJ, White, N, M, O’Donnell, T, Saha, C, Kulkani, S, Roy, S. (2006) Microelectromechanical systems vibration powered electromagnetic generator for wireless sensor applications, Microsystem Technologies 12 (11), pp. 1071-1077  Cited 48

Trupke, M, Hinds, E, A, Eriksson, S, Curtis, E, A, Moktadir, Z, Kukharenka, E, and Kraft, M. (2005) Microfabricated high-finesse optical cavity with open access and small volume, Applied Physics Letters 87, pp. 211106. Cited: 74

Kukharenka, E, et al (2003) Electroplating moulds using dry film thick negative photoresist. Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering 13 pp. S67-S74. Cited: 44 

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