Dr. Andrey Iljin


Institut für Angewandte Physik
Corrensstraße 2/4
D-48149 Münster
Raum Raum AP 122
email andrey.iljin@uni-muenster.de
Telefon +49 251 83 36152

PhD in Materials Science - Photonics of Liquid Crystals,
Institute of Advanced Technologies and Chemistry Military University of Technology, Warsaw, Poland (2008)

MSc in Physics, Department of Aerophysics and Space Researches,
Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, together with the Institute of Physics, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (1989)

Main research interests involve optics, nonlinear optics and photonics of Soft Matter, as well as other physical properties of liquid crystals, heterogeneous and active media, light-controlled dielectric metamatrials.


Visiting research positions

  • 2018                   Associate Professor at Institute for Materials Chemistry and Engineering,
                                 Kyushu University, Japan
  • 2015                  Visiting Senior Researcher at Institute Langevin, Paris, France
  • 2012, 2014      Visiting Research Professor at Akita Prefectural University, Akita, Japan
  • 2012 – 2013    Visiting Research Scholar at Fordham University, New York, USA
  • 2010 – 2011    Visiting Research Professor at Nonlinear Institute of Nice, Sophia-Antipolis, France
  • 2010                  Visiting Research Professor at Institute for Materials Chemistry and Engineering,
                                Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan
  • 1999                  Visiting Scientist at Nemoptic, Magny-les-Hameaux, France
  • 1996                  Visiting Research Engineer at LG LCD Laboratories, Anyang, Korea


Selected fellowships and grants

  • Short-Term Research Visit Grant of the Australian Academy of Sciences (2024)
  • Short-Term Research Travel Award of the American Physical Society (2024)
  • Research Fellowship, Philipp Schwartz Initiative of Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany (2022-2024)
  • Invitation Fellowship for Highly Experienced Foreign Experts, China (2015-2020)
  • Program "Research in Paris" (2014-2015)
  • Invitation Fellowship Research in Japan, Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (2011, 2014)
  • Fulbright Scholar Program (2012)
  • CNRS Visiting Researcher (2010)
  • International Incoming Fellowship of Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan (2010)


Selected invited presentations

  1. Light in order and disorder of liquid crystals, March 7, 2024, Department of Applied Chemistry, College of Life Sciences, Ritsumeikan University, Japan.
  2. Liquid crystals, nonlinear optics and besides, November 17, 2023, Seminar of the Department of Physics & Energy Science, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, USA.
  3. Liquid crystals, nonlinear optics and holography, June 27, 2023, Seminar of the Laboratoire Ondes et Matière d'Aquitaine, University of Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France.
  4. LIOM mechanisms in liquid crystals for holography, May 2, 2023, Soft Matter lab seminar, Otto-von-Guericke University, Magdeburg, Germany.
  5. A view on LC’s prospects, August 10, 2022, Workshop of Nonlinear Photonics Group, University of Muenster, Rothenberge, Germany.
  6. Random lasing in chiral liquid crystals, October 18-22, 2021, XXIII Conference on Liquid Crystals, Poland.
  7. Electric-field modulation of optical activity of PSBPh thin films, December 13, 2019, Tianjin University, China.
  8. Optics Introduction, November 15, 2017, College of Science, Tianjin University of Technology, Tianjin, China
  9. Speeding up "slow" liquid crystals, February 1, 2016, Centre for Nonlinear Science, Westfälische Wilhelms University, Muenster, Germany.
  10. Photonics and future of chiral nematic LC, 19/01/15, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan
  11. Highly viscous chiral liquid crystal compositions, 24/12/14, Osaka University, Osaka, Japan
  12. Why chiral nematic LC good for fast nonlinear optics, 22/12/14, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan
  13. Highly viscous chiral thin films for optical detection of small rotations, December 18, 2014, Akita Prefectural University, Akita, Japan.
  14. Ultra-fast switching in LC, November 11, 2014, Tianjin University of Technology, Tianjin, China.
  15. Controlling the Photonic Band Gap: Light Influence upon Chiral LC, June 27, 2013, Colloquium, Dept. of Physics and Physical Engineering, Fordham University, NY, USA.
  16. Elastic, viscous and nonlinear optical properties of chiral polymer/LC mixtures, April 15, 2013, Liquid Crystal Materials Research Center, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA.
  17. Dynamic gratings in a chiral nematic liquid crystal, Liquid Crystals XIV at SPIE Optics + Photonics 2010, 1 - 5 August 2010, San Diego, USA.
  18. Transient gratings in a chiral nematic LC, Physics Faculty, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, July 28, 2010, Colorado Springs, USA.
  19. Advanced Conoscopic Technique for Determination of LC-Cell Parameters at Korean-Ukrainian-American Joint Symposium “New Horizons of Liquid Crystals Science and Application II”, Chonbuk National University, Jeonju, Korea, June 27-29, 2008.
  20. Orientation of Nematic Liquid Crystals on Random Anchoring Surface, Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Natural Sciences, University of Pisa, October 8, 2001.


Selected papers

  1. L.Hao, H.Jing, Y.Xiang, A.Iljin, Y.Wang, H.Li, Q.Li, J.Peng, and M.Kohout, Transient optically-induced grating and underlying transport process in bent-core nematics, J. Appl. Phys. 132, 065108 (2022).

  2. S.Gao, J.Wang, W.Li, X.Yu, X.Zhang, A.Iljin, I.Drevensek-Olenik, R.A.Rupp, and J.Xu, Low threshold random lasing in dye-doped and strongly disordered chiral liquid crystals, Photonic Research 8, 642 (2020).

  3. A.Iljin, D.Wei, U.Bortolozzo, S.Residori, Dynamic gratings recording by light-induced modification of order parameter in dye-doped chiral nematic liquid crystals, Ukrainian Journal of Physics, 64, 293 (2019).
  4. S. Bugaychuk, A. Iljin, Squeezing of laser pulses in a nonlinear-optical LC cell, Photonic Letters of Poland 10, 112 (2018).
  5. A. Iljin, Light-induced order modification – The way to speed up, Jour. Mol. Liq. 267, 38 (2018).
  6. A. Iljin, S. Bugaychuk, G. Telbiz, D. Zhulai, E. Leonenko, N. Romanovska, O. Gridyakina, A. Bordyuh, M. Kravchuk, A. Polishchuk, Nonlinear all-optical light valves fabricated on mesoscopic Ti-, Si-substrates, Jour. Mol. Liq. 267, 34(2018).
  7. S. Bugaychuk, A. Iljin, O. Lytvynenko, L.Tarakhan, L. Karachevtseva, Enhanced nonlinear-optical response in hybrid liquid crystal cells based on photonic crystalline substrates, Nanoscale Research Letters  12, 449 (2017).
  8. P. V. Shibaev, A. Iljin, J. Troisi, and K. Reddy, Distant optical detection of small rotations and displacements by means of chiral liquid crystals, AIP Advances 4, 017115 (2014).
  9. P.V. Shibaev, A.Iljin, J.Troisi, K. Reddy, Highly viscous chiral thin films for optical detection of small rotations and submicron displacements, Appl. Phys. A: Materials Science and Processing 14, 339 (2014).
  10. D. Wei, A. Iljin, Z. Cai, S. Residori, and U. Bortolozzo, Two-wave mixing in chiral dye-doped nematic liquid crystals, Optics Letters, 37, 734 (2012).
  11. A.Iljin, Transient Modulation of Order Parameter and Optical Non-Linearity in a Chiral Nematic Liquid Crystal, Mol.Cryst.Liq.Cryst. 543, 143 (2011).
  12. V.Boychuk, I.Gerus, A.Iljin, J. Parka, Light-controlled helical pitch and dynamic gratings, Opto-Electronics Review 17, 287 (2009).
  13. O.Kurochkin, O.Buchnev, A.Iljin, S.K.Park, S.B.Kwon, O.Grabar and Yu.Reznikov, Colloid of ferroelectric nano-particles in cholesteric liquid crystal, Journal of Optics A: Pure and Applied Optics 11, 024003 (2009).
  14. O.Buluy, A.Iljin, O.Uskova, Yu.Reznikov, C.Blanc, M.Nobili, K.Antonova, Anchoring and gliding of easy axis of 5CB on photoaligning PVCN-F surface, Journal of  SID 14/7, 603 (2006).
  15. A.Iljin, V.Reshetnyak, S.Shelestiuk, V.Yarmolenko, Surface director sliding in LC cell with light-controlled chirality, Mol.Cryst.Liq.Cryst. 453, 263 (2006).
  16. N.Aryasova, A.Iljin, V.Reshetnyak, Yu.Reznikov, A.Gluschenko, J.West, Orientation of Nematic Liquid Crystals on Random Anchoring Surface, Mol.Cryst.Liq.Cryst. 375, 165 (2002).
  17. E.Ouskova, A.Iljin, Yu.Reznikov, Light-induced Anchoring of Dye Doped Liquid Crystal on ITO and Polyvinyl-Cinnamate Aligning Surfaces, Proc. SPIE 4418, 65 (2001).
  18. D.Andrienko, A.Dyadyusha, A.Iljin, Yu.Kurioz and Yu.Reznikov, Measurements of azimuthal anchoring energy of nematic liquid crystal on a photoaligning polymer surface, Mol.Cryst.Liq.Cryst. 321, 271 (1998).
  19. H.J.Eichler, D.Grebe, R.Macdonald, A.G.Iljin, G.V.Klimusheva, L.I.Zagainova, Transient grating optical nonlinearities of dye-doped cholesteric liquid crystals, Opt.Mat. 2, 201 (1993).