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Research interests

Research group website: www.valev.org.

Dr Valev heads the MultiPhoton NanoPhotonics research group, which focuses on the interaction between powerful laser light and nanostructured materials. In particular, we explore the application of chiral plasmonic nano/meta-materials to achieve enhanced chiroptical effects with potential benefits for the pharmaceutical industry. Powerful lasers constitute highly sensitive probes for material properties at the nanoscale, especially through nonlinear optical effect, such as Second Harmonic Generation. But just as light can be used to study nanomaterials, it can also be used to build them. We have thus demonstrated the world's smallest nanojets and have shown how light could be employed as a tiny needle threading gold strings through chains of nanoparticles.

Teaching interests

In teaching students, my projects often take a distinct science fiction aspect, as we build laser-powered nano-photonic steam engines (Steampunk Science) or program a humanoid robot to become a lab assistant.


  • Chirality
  • Chiral nanostructures
  • Chiral metamaterials
  • Nanophotonics
  • Plasmonics
  • Metamaterials
  • Second Harmonic Generation
  • Chiroptical effects
  • Nonlinear chiroptical effects
  • Nano Metalworking
  • Nanowelding
  • Magnetism
  • Multiphoton microscopy

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Advanced hyper-spectral microscopy

Wolverson, D. & Valev, V.

1/10/19 → …

Project: UK industry

I too could be a scientist

Valev, V.

The Royal Society


Project: Research council

Look into my eyes

Valev, V.

Science and Technology Facilities Council


Project: Research council

  • Research Output

    Klarite as a label-free SERS-based assay: A promising approach for atmospheric bioaerosol detection

    Tahir, M. A., Zhang, X., Cheng, H., Xu, D., Feng, Y., Sui, G., Fu, H., Valev, V. K., Zhang, L. & Chen, J., 7 Jan 2020, In : Analyst. 145, 1, p. 277-285 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    1 Citation (Scopus)

    ‘Hot’ in plasmonics: temperature-related concepts and applications of metal nanostructures

    Kuppe, C., Rusimova, K. R., Ohnoutek, L., Slavov, D. & Valev, V. K., 1 Jan 2020, In : Advanced Optical Materials. 8, 1, 1901166.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

    Open Access
    2 Citations (Scopus)

    Atomic dispensers for thermoplasmonic control of alkali vapor pressure in quantum optical applications

    Rusimova, K., Slavov, D., Pradaux-Caggiano, F., Collins, J., Gordeev, S., Carbery, D., Wadsworth, W., Mosley, P. & Valev, V., 24 May 2019, In : Nature Communications. 10, 1, 8 p., 2328.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    1 Citation (Scopus)

    Circular Dichroism and Isotropy – Polarity Reversal of Ellipticity in Molecular Films of 1,1’-Bi-2-Naphtol

    von Weber, A., Hooper, D., Jakob, M., Valev, V., Kartouzian, A. & Heiz, U., 7 Jan 2019, In : ChemPhysChem. 20, 1, p. 62-69 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    4 Citations (Scopus)
    11 Downloads (Pure)


    Dataset for "Atomic dispensers for thermoplasmonic control of alkali vapor pressure in quantum optical applications"

    Rusimova, K. (Creator), Slavov, D. (Creator), Pradaux-Caggiano, F. (Creator), Collins, J. (Creator), Gordeev, S. (Creator), Carbery, D. (Creator), Mosley, P. (Creator), Wadsworth, W. (Creator) & Valev, V. (Creator), University of Bath, 24 May 2019


    Dataset for "Circular dichroism in higher-order diffraction beams from chiral quasi-planar nanostructures"

    Kuppe, C. (Creator), Williams, C. (Project Member), You, J. (Creator), Collins, J. (Project Member), Gordeev, S. (Creator), Wilkinson, T. (Project Member), Panoiu, N. (Creator) & Valev, V. (Supervisor), University of Bath, 27 Mar 2018


    Dataset for "Enantiomorphing chiral plasmonic nanostructures: a counter-intuitive sign reversal of the nonlinear circular dichroism"

    Collins, J. (Creator), Valev, V. (Creator), Zheng, X. (Creator), Braz, N. (Project Member), Slenders, E. (Creator), Zu, S. (Creator), Vandenbosch, G. (Creator), Moshchalkov, V. (Project Member), Fang, Z. (Creator), Ameloot, M. (Creator), Warburton, P. (Project Member) & Valev, V. (Supervisor), University of Bath, 3 May 2018


    Strong Rotational Anisotropies Affect Nonlinear Chiral Metamaterials

    Valev, V. (Creator), Hooper, D. (Creator) & Collins, J. (Creator), University of Bath, 2017