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Svetlana Boriskina

Contact Info

room 3-435B

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

77 Massachusetts Avenue

Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139


  • 1995

    Karazin Kharkiv National University, Ukraine

  • 1999

    Karazin Kharkiv National University, Ukraine


Research Interests

  • Energy & sustainability
  • Fibers, textiles & wearables
  • Nanophotonics and quantum materials
  • Atmospheric water harvesting
  • Heat transfer


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 130 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
  • 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



M. Blevins and S.V. Boriskina, Plasmon Fizeau drag in 3D Dirac and Weyl semimetalsACS Photonics, 11, 2, 537–549, 2024.

H. Gold, S. Pajovic, A. Mukherjee, S.V. Boriskina, GAGA for Nonreciprocal Emitters: Genetic Algorithm Gradient Ascent Optimization of Compact Magnetophotonic CrystalsNanophotonics, 2024.

S. Pajovic & S.V. Boriskina, Magnetocaloric-effect-enhanced near-field magneto-optical thermal switchPhys. Rev. Appl., 20, 014053, 2023 (EDITOR’S SUGGESTION).

L. Zhang, M.Y. Leung, S.V. Boriskina, X. Tao, Advancing life cycle sustainability of textiles through technological innovationsNature Sustainability, 6, 243-253, 2023.

S.V. Boriskina, M. Blevins, S. Pajovic, The Nonreciprocal Adventures of LightOptics and Photonics News, 33(9), 46-53, 2022.

H.i Lu, W. Shi, J.H. Zhang, A.C. Chen, W. Guan, C. Lei, J.R. Greer, S.V. Boriskina, G. Yu, Tailoring the desorption behavior of hygroscopic gels for atmospheric water harvesting in arid climatesAdv. Mater., 34, 2205344, 2022.

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 coolingNature Sustainability, 4, 715-724, 2021 (COVER).

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