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Svetlana Boriskina

Contact Info

room 3-435B

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

77 Massachusetts Avenue

Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139

Administrative Contact Xu, Keke 3-258 617.715.2309


  • 1995

    Karazin Kharkiv National University, Ukraine

  • 1999

    Karazin Kharkiv National University, Ukraine


Research Interests

  • Energy & Sustainability
  • Fibers, Textiles & Wearables
  • Nano-Photonics, Plasmonics & Meta-Materials
  • Sensing
  • Multi-Physics Modeling


Svetlana Boriskina develops new materials and technologies to harvest and manipulate light and other forms of radiation. Her multi-disciplinary research blends nanophotonics, plasmonics, electronics, thermodynamics and mechanics. Svetlana makes smart fabrics that provide thermal comfort indoors and outdoors and stay clean no matter what, new meta-materials that exhibit color without any dyes or pigments and change it in response to external stimuli, and novel solar harvesting platforms that can provide clean energy and fresh water to off-electrical-grid and disaster-stricken communities. She is the author and co-author of more than 115 peer-reviewed papers, several award-winning courses, and multiple patens. Svetlana is a passionate advocate for science education and science public communication, which she supports via leadership in professional science organizations, conferences, and journal editorial boards, mentorship of student groups, and public outreach.

Honors + Awards

  • MIT Water Innovation Prize, 2021
  • Thermal management of fibers and films (PI), US Army Research Office, 2018-22
  • Optical Metamaterials (PI), US Army Research Office, 2019-20
  • Passive solar cooling via engineered optical & evaporation phenomena (PI), MIT MISTI Seed Fund 2019-20
  • "Anti-glass" - thin-film passive radiative cooling devices (PI), UNSW-USA Networks of Excellence 2019-20
  • SmartPE fabrics development (PI), Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA), 2019
  • Antimicrobial and easy-care performance of sustainable SmartPE fabrics (PI), MIT Deshpande Center, 2019-20
  • Spectrally-tunable far-field thermal radiation extraction from nano-structures (co-PI), DOE-BES, 2014-17
  • Full-spectrum stacked solar-thermal and PV receiver (co-PI), DOE-ARPA-E, 2014-17
  • Micro-/nano-cavity structures for imaging, biosensing & novel materials (PI), NATO, 2006-08
  • TechConnect Innovation Award, 2019
  • Joint Award of ICO (International Commission for Optics) and ICTP (Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics), 2007
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship (UK), Royal Society/NATO, 1999-2000
  • Graduate Student Scholarship Award, IEEE MTT Society, 1997
  • Post-Graduate Merit Student Scholarship, Soros Foundation, 1996-1997
  • Graduate Fellowship in Advanced Electromagnetics, SUMMA Foundation, 1996


MIT Service

Manager, MechE Communication Lab


M. Dubrovsky, M. Blevins, S.V. Boriskina, D. Vermeulen, "High contrast cleavage detection, Optics Letters, 46(11), 2593-2596, 2021.

M. Alberghini, S. Hong, L. M. Lozano, V. Korolovych, Y. Huang, F. Signorato, S. H. Zandavi, C. Fucetola, I. Uluturk, M. Y. Tolstorukov, G. Chen, P. Asinari, R. M. Osgood, M. Fasano, and S. V Boriskina, "Sustainable polyethylene fabrics with engineered moisture transport for passive cooling," Nature Sustainability, 2021, doi: 10.1038/s41893-021-00688-5.

B. Lorenzi, Y. Tsurimaki, K. Akiro, M. Takashiri, and S.V. Boriskina, "Self-powered broadband photo-detection and round-the-clock energy generation with junction-free strained Bi2Te3 thin films," Optics Express, 28(19) 27644-27656, 2020.

L.M. Lozano, S. Hong, Y. Huang, H. Zandavi, Y. Ait El Aoud, Y. Tsurimaki, J. Zhou, Y. Xu, R.M. Osgood III, G. Chen, S.V. Boriskina, "Optical engineering of polymer materials and composites for visual and sustainable broadband photonics, Optical Materials Express, 9(5) 1990-2005, 2019.

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