Anatoliy Glushchenko Anatoliy Glushchenko
Associate Professor
phone: 719-255-3130
office: ENGR 210

Full curriculum vitae

Ph.D. : Institute of Physics, Ukrainian Academy of Sciences, Kyiv, Ukraine, 1997

Professional Work History
2010-present Associate Professor, Department of Physics, University of Colorado - Colorado Springs
2005-2010 Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, University of Colorado - Colorado Springs
2002-2005 Lab Manager & Adjunct Faculty, Kent State University, Chemical Physics Interdisciplinary Program
2000-2002 Research Associate, Liquid Crystal Institute, Kent State University
1999-2000 Research Fellow, Department of Physics of Crystals, Institute of Physics, National Academy of Sciences, Kyiv, Ukraine
1998-1999 Visiting Scientist, Martin-Luther University, Institute for Physical Chemistry, Halle, Germany
1997-1998 Visiting Scientist, LG-Phillips Inc., LCD Division, South Korea
1993-1996 Research Assistant and a PhD student, Institute of Physics, National Academy of Sciences, Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Recipient of 12 awards.
  • Author and co-author of >50 scientific refereed papers, 15 patents and patent applications, and >30 articles published in refereed conference proceedings.
  • 25 invited talks and more than 100 conference presentations, public presentations, seminars, and lectures.
Research Interests
  • Soft Matter Physics
  • Liquid Crystals
  • Applied Optics, Materials Science
Some Awards and Honors
  • UCCS - College of LAS Outstanding Research Award
  • CU New Inventor of the Year, 2006
  • Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship, 2008
  • Young Inventor of the Year, University of Colorado, 2007
  • Inventor Recognition Award, Kent State University, 2004
  • Award-fellowship of the President of Ukraine, 2000
  • KOSEF (Korean Science & Engineering Foundation) Fellowship, 1997
  • Honor stipend of Zhytomyr Pedagogical University, Ukraine 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993
  • Honor diploma of Zhytomyr Pedagogical University, "... in recognition of outstanding studying and the highest GPA among all graduates of Zhytomyr Pedagogical University - graduation year of 1993."
  • Gold Medal of Education, "... in recognition of outstanding studying in college #1 named after N. Sosnina, Ukraine", 1988
  • Listed in (just for fun - never counted it as an achievement ... :) Marquis "Who is Who in Science and Engineering", 8th Edition, 2004 and 10th Edition 2006; in the International Biographical Center's issue "Leading Scientists of the World, 2005" Cambridge, England; in the Marquis 60th (2006) Diamond and Marquis 61st Editions of "Who's Who in America", and in the Marquis 23rd issue of "Who's Who in the World", and many others "Who is Who ..."
Areas of Interest and Contributions
Undergraduate and Graduate Education
Development and implementation of undergraduate & graduate courses, including specific courses in the area of liquid crystals and soft condensed matter; the most recent sets include: (i) Liquid Crystals, focusing on the basic science of liquid crystals and connection with the university's optical course; (ii) Liquid Crystal Displays, focusing on the science of liquid crystal devices design; (iii) Non-Display Applications of Liquid Crystals; (iv) Instrumentation Design, focusing on the basics of electronics and data acquisition for physicists; (v) Modern Physics Lab course; (vi) Solid State Physics Lab course; (vii) Modern Optics
Applied optics
Physics of light interaction with non-linear and anisotropic media, photoalignment and photo-orientation effects in soft matter
Geometrical optics in application to liquid crystal devices
Polarization optics and ellipsometry
Crystallography applying to polymer films and liquid crystals
Biophysics & Biophotonics
Bioanalytical science and instrumentation: development of ultra sensitive optical devices to detect the presence and behavior of biological agents/cells/complexes in a fluid
Tissue engineering for biophotonics: development of artificial tissue using composites of liquid crystals and polymers with the goal to mimic interaction of real human tissue with a heat and light.
Nanoparticles behavior analysis: (i) drug delivery - nanoparticles are an excellent tool to deliver drugs on a cellular level; ferroelectric and ferromagnetic nanoparticles we produce are most potential for a role of drug carriers (ii) we discovered that electrically and magnetically active nanoparticles selectively influence cancerous and healthy cells suppressing the development or even killing the former ones; we produce various kinds of such active nanoparticles and study their self-assembly to model the nanoparticle behavior in a human body/blood streams/cells/etc
Single cell imaging: real time visualization of biosystems using liquid crystals: from antigens-antibody behavior to human's skin health conditions
Renewable energy
Liquid crystals for photovoltaics: alignment of discotic liquid crystals, development of methods to increase spectral light sensitivity of discotics to cover the entire energy spectrum, plasmonically doped liquid crystals
Hybrid "inorganic - organic" double solar cell: heterojunction solar cells, bulk heterojunction solar cells, double cells, hybrid organic-inorganic solar cells
Photovoltaic effect in nanoscale ferroelectric thin films: ferroelectric nanoparticles manufacturing, nanoscale ferroelectric films preparation based on a self-assembly of ferroelectric nanoparticles, nanoscale ferroelectric films doped with ferroelectric nanoparticles.
Soft condensed matter
Physics of nanofluids: development and studies of structured colloids.
Physics of anisotropic fluids: thermotropic and lyotropic liquid crystals and ordered layers.
Surface related phenomena: interaction of liquid crystals with surfaces of different nature; invention of anchoring cumulative effect in liquid crystals; invention of magnetically-mediated surface driven effect; anchoring, alignment, and physics of liquid crystals in confined geometries.
Topology of director orientation in soft matter: topological defects in bulk and at surfaces (points, threads and walls), topological defects in liquid crystal droplets, director distribution in external fields, director distribution in liquid crystal films, re-orientation of cholesteric spirals.
Electro-optical phenomena in liquid crystals: Freedericksz transition, dynamics of orientational transitions in nematics, cholesterics and smectics, director relaxation, electrically controlled birefringence effects.
Phase transitions in liquid crystals: textures and characteristics
Material science
Fabrication of thin films and oriented layers
Physical properties of liquid crystals: birefringence, order parameter, dielectric and magnetic properties, elastic properties
Heterogeneous systems: filled liquid crystals, emulsions "Liquid crystal - isotropic liquid", liquid crystals in porous media; polymer dispersed liquid crystals, polymer network liquid crystals, liquid crystals between polymer walls.
High speed dynamic effects and materials: invention of stressed liquid crystals, materials that provide giant phase shift (up to 50 m) within just 5 ms with the speed rate of 10 m per 1 second. The materials are ready to use in displays, beam steering devices, and various optical modulators.
Nanoparticles: preparation and characterization of ferroelectric/ferromagnetic nanoparticles. Use of the nanoparticles to modify properties of liquid crystals and polymers.
Nano-suspensions: invention of ferroelectric nematic liquid crystals, diluted suspension of ferroelectric nano-particles in liquid crystals. Showed that the nano-particles share their intrinsic properties with the liquid crystal host. The materials possess a high sensitivity to an electric field and demonstrate sensitivity to the sign of the electric field. These suspensions will improve the performance of virtually all existing liquid crystal devices and offer the potential for entirely new applications. Also, these suspensions will serve as a model for studying and developing other liquid crystal based suspensions such as those incorporating ferromagnetic particles and carbon nanotubes.
Ordered colloids: demonstrated that complex three dimensional structures of nanoparticles can be produced in liquid crystals. Preliminary research demonstrates that a moving liquid crystal to isotropic phase boundary collects and pushes and periodically deposits nanoparticles. By adjusting a variety of conditions, such as the rate of the phase transition, the alignment of type of liquid crystal, the size and shape of particles, we can produce a wide variety of three dimensional structures. Application of external fields and in particular patterned external fields can be combined with the phase transition to produce very complex structures. This is an aggressive research area with a strong potential.
Liquid crystal display devices
Principles: operation and fabrication of liquid crystal devices (twisted nematic displays, devices bases on electrically controlled birefringence, cholesteric displays, smectic displays) and their components (polarizers, optical retardation films, and alignment layers)
Display characterization: viewing angle, switching time, gray scale performance, chromaticity
Alignment methods for liquid crystal electro-optical devices: worked in the team that invented photoalignment; development of innovative photopolymer materials for liquid crystal alignment; developed methods that provide a fine magnitude "out of vertical" pretilt angle liquid crystal orientation (the method is taken for the manufacture of displays that employ the vertical alignment mode).
Display Modes: invented in-plane sliding display mode; invented vertical alignment display mode with an ultra-fine pretilt angle.
Non-display applications of liquid crystals
Diffractive and Beam Steering Devices: low voltage, high performance liquid crystal electro-optical materials for diffractive elements and beam steering devices
Liquid crystals in microwave: properties and devices
Flexible and bistable displays
Multistable nematic orientation in colloidal networks
Polymer stabilized cholesteric bistable displays, electronic notes, and related effects
Smectic bistable displays
Polymer walls and polymer networks for flexible display manufacturing
Experimental techniques and instrumentation
Data acquisition, computer and instrumentation hardware, pilot lines, mass production & clean room procedures.