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Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg


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Engineering of
Advanced Materials (EAM)

Nägelsbachstrasse 49b
91052 Erlangen, Germany
15. May 2017

EAM mourns physicist Dr. Sergei Romanov

The distinguished EAM Scientist Dr. Sergei Romanov passed away unexpectedly on 24 April 2017. Dr. Romanov studied physics at the Polytechnic Institute of Leningrad and received his PhD in 1986 from the Ioffe Institute at the USSR Academy of Sciences, where he carried on working as a research professor. Dr Romanov was an expert in solid state physics with a special focus on the optical properties of ordered assemblies of nanoparticles, materials commonly known as photonic crystals. His career saw him contribute to breakthrough work in this field, often in collaboration with leading research groups. Following periods of research in Wuppertal and Glasgow and at the Tyndall Institute in Cork, Ireland, Dr Romanov came to Erlangen in 2008. He contributed to EAM Research Area C as a senior scientist in the group of Professor Ulf Peschel, Institute of Optics, Information and Photonics. His research in the first EAM funding period focused on the understanding and engineering of plasmonic-photonic properties from dielectric-metallic particle assemblies. With his work he built a strong connection between EAM Research Areas C and A1 that was a valuable cornerstone for the continued collaboration in the second funding period. When Ulf Peschel took a position at the Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena in 2014, Dr Romanov remained at FAU and joined the group of EAM professor Nicolas Vogel.

Throughout his career, Dr Romanov contributed substantially to our understanding of the interaction of light with matter, especially in complex materials that combine absorptive, transmissive and emissive properties. He will be fondly remembered as a passionate and dedicated scientist.  During his career he published over 180 peer-reviewed articles (15 on his EAM research), several of which have accrued many hundred citations. His wealth of experience was especially evident at EAM events where few will forget his frequent lively and insightful scientific comments during discussions. All who worked with him mourn the loss of an honest, friendly and helpful colleague. Our sincerest condolences and thoughts are with his family. 

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