Oleg A. Yeshchenko

Oleg A. Yeshchenko



Experimental Physics Department, Faculty of Physics,

Taras Shevchenko National

University of Kyiv



1993 – 1996


Taras Shevchenko National

University of Kyiv, Kyiv (Ukraine)

1996 – 2002

Assistant professor

Taras Shevchenko National

University of Kyiv, Kyiv (Ukraine)

2002 – 2013

Associate professor

Taras Shevchenko National

University of Kyiv, Kyiv (Ukraine)

2013 – present


Taras Shevchenko National

University of Kyiv, Kyiv (Ukraine)




Graduate of Faculty of Physics


Taras Shevchenko National

University of Kyiv, Kyiv (Ukraine)


Candidate of Phys.-Math. Sciences (Ph.D)

Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Kyiv (Ukraine)


Doctor of Physical and Mathematical Sciences


Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Kyiv (Ukraine)

2017, 2018

Researches on grant NATO NUKR.SFPP 984617 of Science for Peace and Security Programme “Nanostructured Metal-Semiconductor Thin Films for Efficient Solar Harvesting” at Department of Physics and Energy Sciences of University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, (USA)


Program Erasmus+, Óbuda University, Budapest (Hungary)

Nanophotonics, Nanoplasmonics, Surface enhanced optical spectroscopy, Hybrid metal based nanostructures

Research Fields:
Materials Science

Previous and Current Research

Research in area of the light-matter coupling in metal-based hybrid nanostructures occurring at the excitation of localized and propagating surface plasmons, with the aim of practical use in sensorics, nanophotonics and biomedical applications.

1.   The hybridization of the surface plasmon mode of the layer of metal nanoparticles and the plasmon polariton mode of the metal film was revealed for the monolayer of Au nanoparticles / dielectric interlayer / Al film planar cavity nanosystem, which leads to the formation of a collective plasmon gap mode, Figs. 1, 2. The variation of the cavity parameters as well as polarization and angle of incidence of light makes it possible to controllably adjust the plasmonic enhancement factor and the spectral range of extinction and light emission by molecular emitters located in such nanocavity. Such possibility makes such nanocavities to be promising for use in the novel nanophotonic devices.

2.   The plasmonic metasurfaces based on laser-structured Ag surfaces (LIPSS) and Au nanorods and Ag nanoprisms were developed to provide huge plasmonic enhancement of the photoluminescence of adenosine nucleotide biomolecule applied to such metasurfaces by more than three orders of magnitude at room temperatures, Fig. 3. The prospects of using such plasmonic metasurfaces for highly sensitive luminescent detection of biomolecules at room temperature without the addition of luminescent labels were proven.

3.   The thermoresponsive Zinc TetraPhenylPorphyrin photosensitizer / Dextran poly (N-isopropylacrylamide) graft copolymer / Au Nanoparticles (ZnTPP/D-g-PNIPAM/AuNPs) triple hybrid nanosystem was synthesized in aqueous solution as a nanodrug for potential use in thermally driven and controlled photodynamic therapy applications, Fig. 4. The 2.7-fold enhancement of singlet oxygen photogeneration under resonant with surface plasmon resonance has been observed for ZnTPP/D-g-PNIPAM/AuNPs proving the plasmon nature of such effect. The data obtained in vitro on wild strains of Staphylococcus aureus have proved the high potential of such nanosystem for efficient rapid photodynamic inactivation of microorganisms in particular in wounds or ulcers on the body surface.

        Fig. 1. Scheme of the Au NPs

        monolayer / shellac-dye film /

      Au film sample.








Fig. 2. Spatial distribution of the local field intensity in the gap between the Au NPs monolayer and Au film from the FDTD simulation..



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Fig. 3. (a) – Scheme of the plasmonic metasurface based on Ag-LIPSS and Au nanorods with dAMP molecules deposited. (b) – Enhancement factors of the fluorescence of dAMP molecules deposited on different substrates.



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Fig. 4. (a) Scheme representing the structure of ZnTPP / D-g-PNIPAM / AuNPs hybrid macromolecule as well as the plasmon enhancement of singlet oxygen generation. (b) – Emission spectra of singlet oxygen for ZnTPP, ZnTPP/D-g-PNIPAM and ZnTPP/D-g- PNIPAM/AuNPs aqueous solutions.


Future Projects and Goals

1.   The study of the light-matter coupling and plasmonic gap excitation in plasmonic cavity based metasurfaces. The use of generated highly intense local plasmonic field in cavity for huge enhancement of the optical processes in molecules (biomolecules in particular) located on such metasurfaces in sensor applications.

2.   The study of thermosensitive polymer / metal nanoparticles / dye molecules hybrid nanosystems in aqueous solutions for potential use as thermoresponsive fluorescent optical switch and label.

3.   The development and study of aqueous colloidal solutions of Au(Ag) nanoparticles / polymer / photosensitizer hybrid nanosystems with increased efficiency of singlet oxygen generation for use in photodynamic therapy applications.

4.   The study of the plasmonic enhancement of the photoluminescence and Raman scattering of 2D transition metal dichalcogenides in layered hybrid nanostructures containing non-spherical metal nanoparticles.

Methodological and Technical Expertise

1.   VIS, VIS-IR and VIS-UV optical spectroscopy (absorption, reflection, diffuse reflection, photoluminescence, Raman scattering).

2.   Scanning electron microscopy.

3.   Atomic force microscopy.

4.   Optical spectroscopy of inorganic, organic and biological systems.

5.   Optical measurements in wide range of temperature – from extremely low (1.3 K) to high (1500 K) temperatures.

6.   Computer calculations and simulations of electron and phonon system in crystals and nanostructures.

Research Projects and Grants:

 1.     2020-2022: National Research Foundation of Ukraine Project 2020.02/0022 “Plasmonic hybrid “metal-polymer-fluorophore” nanosystems with enhanced optical response for photonics and biomedical applications” (project leader)

2.     2015-2018: NATO multi-year Science for Peace Project NUKR.SFPP 984617 “Nanostructured Metal-Semiconductor Thin Films for Efficient Solar Harvesting” (project co-leader from Ukraine)

3.     2016: President of Ukraine personal grant for competitive projects for young Doctors of Sciences “Physical mechanisms of plasmon thermo-optical phenomena in metal-dielectric nanostructures” (project leader)

4.     2022-2023: project of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine ¹ 0122U001818 “Hybrid nanosystems based on "smart" polymers for biotechnology and medicine” (project participant - researcher)

5.     2022-2024: project of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine ¹ 0122U001956 “Nanostructured metasurfaces for sensors and photovoltaics” (project participant - researcher)

6.     2019-2021: project of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine ¹ 0119U100300 “Metal nanostructures for photovoltaic elements and sensors” (project participant - researcher)

7.     2019-2021: project of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine ¹ 0119U100319 “Fundamental principles of creating of nanohybrid functional composites synthesized in polymer matrices capable of responding to external factors” (project participant - researcher)

8.     2013-2014: Ukrainian-Germany project of State Fund for Fundamental Research of Ukraine “Spectral and nonlinear optical properties of new nanocomposite materials for plasmonics” (project participant - researcher)



2014 – "Best Lecturer of Faculty of Physics 2013" from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv



1.   University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Department of Physics and Energy Sciences (Colorado Springs, USA)

2.   Shenzhen University, College of Physics and Optoelectronic Engineering, (Shenzhen, China)

3.   Yulin Normal University, Key Lab of Complex System Optimization and Big Data Processing (Yulin, China)

4.   Angers University, MOLTECH-Anjou (Angers, France)

Selected Publications

1.       Yeshchenko OA, Kutsevol NV, Tomchuk AV, Khort PS, Virych PA, Chumachenko AV, Kuziv YI, Marinin AI, Cheng L, Nie G. Thermoresponsive Zinc TetraPhenylPorphyrin Photosensitizer / Dextran Graft Poly(N-IsoPropylAcrylAmide) Copolymer / Au Nanoparticles Hybrid Nanosystem: Potential for Photodynamic Therapy Applications. Nanomaterials 2022; 12: 2655. (Q1) https://doi.org/10.3390/nano12152655.

2.       Yeshchenko OA, Tomchuk AV, Kozachenko VV, Knize RJ, Haftel M, Pinchuk AO. Angle and polarization dependent coupling of surface plasmon and gap modes in plasmonic gap metasurfaces. Optical Materials 2022; 132: 112884. (Q2), https://doi.org/10.1016/j.optmat.2022.112884.

3.       Yeshchenko OA, Golovynskyi S, Kudrya VYu, Tomchuk AV, Dmitruk IM, Berezovska NI, Teselko PO, Zhou T, Xue B, Golovynska Iu, Lin D, Qu J. Laser-Induced Periodic Ag Surface Structure with Au Nanorods Plasmonic Nanocavity Metasurface for Strong Enhancement of Adenosine Nucleotide Label-Free Photoluminescence Imaging. ACS Omega 2020; 5 (23): 14030-14039. (Q1), https://doi.org/10.1021/acsomega.0c01433.

4.       Yeshchenko OA, Kudrya VYu, Tomchuk AV, Dmitruk IM, Berezovska NI, Teselko PO, Golovynskyi S, Xue B, Qu J. Plasmonic nanocavity metasurface based on laser-structured silver surface and silver nanoprisms for the enhancement of adenosine nucleotide photoluminescence. ACS Appl Nano Mater 2019;2(11):7152-7161. (Q1), https://doi.org/10.1021/acsanm.9b01673.

5.       Yeshchenko OA, Kozachenko VV, Tomchuk AV, Haftel M, Knize RJ, Pinchuk AO. Plasmonic metasurfaces with tunable gap and collective surface plasmon resonance modes. J Phys Chem C 2019; 123 (20): 13057-62. (Q1), https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpcc.9b02515.

6.       Yeshchenko OA, Naumenko AP, Kutsevol NV, Maskova DO, Harahuts II, Chumachenko VA, Marinin AI. Anomalous inverse hysteresis of phase transition in thermosensitive dextran-graft-PNIPAM copolymer/Au nanoparticles hybrid nanosystem. J Phys Chem C 2018; 122: 8003-8010. (Q1), https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpcc.8b01111.

7.       Yeshchenko OA, Bondarchuk IS, Gurin VS, Dmitruk IM, Kotko AV. Temperature dependence of the surface plasmon resonance in gold nanoparticles. Surf Sci 2013; 608: 275-281. (Q2), https://doi.org/10.1016/j.susc.2012.10.019.

8.       Yeshchenko OA, Dmitruk IM, Alexeenko AA, Kotko AV. Surface plasmon as a probe for melting of silver nanoparticles. Nanotechnology 2010; 21(4): 045203. (Q1), https://doi.org/10.1088/0957-4484/21/4/045203.

9.       Yeshchenko OA, Dmitruk IM, Alexeenko AA, Losytskyy MY, Kotko AV, Pinchuk AO. Size-dependent surface-plasmon-enhanced photoluminescence from silver nanoparticles embedded in silica. Phys Rev B 2009; 79(23): 235438. (Q1), https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.79.235438.

10.    Yeshchenko OA, Dmitruk IM, Alexeenko AA, Dmytruk AM. Size-dependent melting of spherical copper nanoparticles embedded in a silica matrix. Phys Rev B 2007; 75(8): 085434. (Q1),



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The team:

Prof. Dmitruk I.M.

Sc.D. Kutsevol N.V.

Ph.D. Berezovska N.I.

Ph.D. Kudrya V.Yu.

Ph.D. Kuziv Yu.I.

M.Sc. Tomchuk A.V.

M.Sc. Khort P.S.