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Alexander Govorov


Distinguished Professor

Physics & Astronomy
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Ph.D., Institute of Semiconductor Physics, Akademgorodok, Novosibirsk, Russia (1991)


  • A. O Govorov, H. Zhang, Y. K. Gun'ko, Theory of photo-injection of hot plasmonic carriers from metal nanostructures into semiconductors and surface molecules, J. Phys. Chem. C 117, 16616–16631 (2013).
  • R. Schreiber, N. Luong, Z. Fan, A. Kuzyk, P. Nickels, D. M. Smith, B. Yurke, W. Kuang, A. O. Govorov, T. Liedl, Chiral plasmonic material with switchable circular dichroism. Nature Communications, doi:10.1038/ncomms3948.
  • A.Yeltik, B. Guzelturk, P.L. Hernandez-Martinez, A.O. Govorov, and H.V. Demir, Phonon-assisted exciton transfer into silicon using nanoemitters: The role of phonons and temperature effects in FRET, ACS Nano, DOI: 10.1021/nn404627p.
  • X Shen, P Zhan, A Kuzyk, Q Liu, A Asenjo-Garcia, H Zhang, F. Javier García de Abajo, A Govorov, B Ding, N Liu, Programmable 3D plasmonic chiral colloids, Nanoscale, DOI: 10.1039/C3NR06006C.

View more of Alexander Govorov's published works and patents at this link: Govorov Publications .

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Personal Profile

Govorov's research is in theoretical condensed-matter physics. He studies optical and electronic phenomena in nanostructures such as quantum dots, quantum rings, colloidal nanocrystals, and nanowires. Among other topics, his research involves many-particle and light-matter interactions at the nanoscale.

Govorov actively collaborates with experimental groups. His ideas about the physics at the nanometer scale are implemented in many experimental laboratories around the world.

In his spare time, he enjoys sports, meeting friends, and watching international movies.

Govorov is the recipient of the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award of A. v. Humboldt-Foundation, 2004.


  • New course development: “Physics of Nanostructures: Basic concepts and theoretical background”
  • Thermal Physics and Stat Mechanics: Phys. 411/511, 412/512
  • Introductory Physics: Phys. 201, 202, 252

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