Prof Alexander Shluger

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E18 Physics

Research interests:

Development and application of theoretical methodologies for calculations on defects in solids and on surfaces.
Modeling of the structure and properties of point defects in insulators and semiconductors, and the mechanisms of electronic and ionic processes in ionic crystals.
Studies of the mechanisms of photo-induced processes and exciton and polaron self-trapping in solids and at surfaces.
Ultrafast processes induced by electronic excitation and radiation effects.
Adsorption and chemical reactions at ionic crystal surfaces.
Theory of atomic force microscopy, friction and tribocharging.


  • Dipl. Physics, Latvia State University, Riga, 1976.
  • Cand. of Science (Ph.D.), L. Karpov Physics and Chemistry Research Institute, Moscow, 1981 (Chemical Physics).
  • Doctor of Science, L. Karpov Physics and Chemistry Research Institute, Moscow, 1988 (Chemical Physics).
  • Doctor Habil. Latvia University, Riga, 1992
  • 1976 - 1988 Junior Research Associate, Senior Research Associate, Leading Research Associate, Chemical Faculty, Latvia State University
  • 1988 - 1994 Head of Department, Department of Chemical Physics of Condensed Matter, University of Latvia, Riga.
  • 1994 - 1997 Professor, Director Institute of Chemical Physics, University of Latvia, Riga
  • 1991 - 1995 Visiting Research Fellow of the Royal Society and the Canon Foundation in Europe, the Royal Institution, London, UK.
  • 11.1995 – Senior Research Fellow, Principal Research Fellow, Reader, Professor of Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University College London, London, UK
  • Leader of the Condensed Matter and Materials Physics group
Memberships : 
  • Fellow of the Institute of Physics
  • Fellow of the Canon Foundation
  • Member of International Advisory Committee of the International conference on Noncontact Atomic Force Microscopy
  • Member of the Steering Committee of NATRIBO ESF Scientific Programme
  • Member of the Management Committee and UK representative in the COST D41 Action on Oxide Surfaces, and the leader of the Scanning Probe methods workgroup in this Action.
  • Executive Committee Member of the Thomas Young Centre - London Centre for the Theory and Simulation of Materials.

My main research interests broadly concern the mechanisms of defect processes in the bulk and at surfaces of insulators. I developed theoretical methods for predictive modelling of point defects, self-trapped excitons and polarons in insulating materials; created new models of self-trapped excitons and point defects and predicted their properties in a broad range of insulators; pioneered theoretical modelling of Scanning Force Microscopy imaging of insulating surfaces and developed the mechanisms of chemical resolution in Scanning Force Microscopy; developed the mechanisms of photo-induced desorption of insulating surfaces, made pioneering predictions and directed the experimental research in selective photo-induced modification of insulating surfaces; developed new theoretical models of defects in amorphous silica and in new gate oxides for micro-electronics applications.

Recent Publications

  • "Atom-resolved imaging of ordered defect superstructures at individual grain boundaries," Nature 479, 380-303 (17 November 2011).
  • D. Munoz Ramo, A. L. Shluger, and G. Bersuker, "Ab initio study of charge trapping and dielectric properties of Ti-doped HfO2," Physical Review B 79 (3) (2009).
  • M. L. Sushko and A. L. Shluger, "Rough and Fine Tuning of Metal Work Function via Chemisorbed Self-Assembled Monolayers," Advanced Materials 21 (10-11), 1111-1114 (2009).
  • T. Trevethan and A. Shluger, "Controlling electron transfer processes on insulating surfaces with the non-contact atomic force microscope," Nanotechnology 20 (26), 8 (2009).
  • T. Trevethan and A. Shluger, "Controlling electron transfer processes on insulating surfaces with the non-contact atomic force microscope," Nanotechnology 20 (26) (2009).
  • P. E. Trevisanutto, P. V. Sushko, K. M. Beck et al., "Excitation, Ionization, and Desorption: How Sub-Band Gap Photons Modify the Structure of Oxide Nanoparticles," Journal of Physical Chemistry C 113 (4), 1274-1279 (2009).
  • Complete publication list

Research Highlights

In a collaborative work between the LCN, University of York and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, scientists have...
Structure of Water
The recent advent of high-resolution imaging and force spectroscopy using atomic force microscopy (AFM) in aqueous and...
Letter to be published in Nature Materials (November issue) Electron Trapping Polycrystalline Materials with Negative...
Transformations of chemical energy into mechanical work (and back again) are widely used by the Nature to govern a broad...
Press Release, 15 October 2007 For the first time theoretical modeling has provided a glimpse into how promising...

Teaching duties at the Physics and Astronomy Department: 1228 Thermal Physics Course

General News

LCN researchers Professor Alex Shluger and Dr Peter Sushko from UCL have been awarded one of the 2013 Daiwa Adrian Prizes in recognition of significant scientific collaboration between Japanese and British research teams.