Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Materials

Principal Research Scientist



+44 (0)20 7594 8156p.petrov




B333Royal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus





Dr Peter K Petrov joined the Department of Materials at Imperial College London in February 2007. He moved to Imperial from the London South Bank University where, for almost a decade, he worked as Senior Research Scientist. Prior to his appointment at LSBU he worked in the Chalmers University of Technology (Gothenburg, Sweden).

Dr Petrov was awarded MSc (Physics and Engineering) and PhD (Technical Sciences) from St Petersburg State Electrotechnical University (LETI), St Petersburg, Russia.

Dr Petrov is the Head of the Thin Film Technology Laboratory located in the Dept. of Materials. The Laboratory is part of the London Centre for Nanotechnology and provides the lead UK Universities and industrial partners with facilities for nano-scale thin film deposition, device patterning and electrical characterisation. 

Dr. PK Petrov is the course director of the “Advanced Thin Films Manufacturing Technologies” course, which he developed and delivers to the master students at the Dept. of Materials, Imperial College London. He is also lecturer in the “Nanomaterials I” course, where he delivers a module on “Thin Film Devices”.

Dr. Petrov is internationally known for his research into functional oxide thin films, and microwave tuneable devices.  Currently he leads EPSRC and EU sponsored projects and is involved as co-PI or Key Investigator in several other research projects aimed to develop nano-scale thin films and structures for solar energy harvesting and active plasmonic devices. Over the last five years, his research group of 2 PDRAs and 5 PhD and MSc students has developed the first ever thin TFBAR with electrical tuning of the resonance frequency; developed a method for the fabrication of ferroelectrics based multilayers with atomically sharp interfaces; fabricated ultra-thin BST layers with enormous tunability and antipolar switching behaviour; experimentally confirmed the negative capacitance in ferroelectrics based multilayers at room temperature.

Most recently, Dr.Petrov's collaboration with scientists from the King’s College Hospital and the King’s College London, resulted in the development of a novel method that uses surface profilometry to quantitate the resorption on bone discs and measure the osteoclastic activity. This method was successfully used to identify a way to reverse the pathological bone resorption in patients with diabetes.

Dr Petrov is the main contributing author of more than 70 high impact factor scientific papers (h=19) and inventor of five patents (two patents were transferred to Ericsson AB).  He is regularly invited to deliver lectures to national, international fora and industrial partners (Ericsson AB, Murata Manufacturing Co., etc.). 

Since May 2011, Dr PK Petrov is also the Dept. of Materials’ Health and Safety Officer and Laser Safety Advisor.




Pang JS, Theodorou IG, Centeno A, et al., 2019, Tunable three-dimensional plasmonic arrays for large near-infrared fluorescence enhancement, Acs Applied Materials & Interfaces, Vol:11, ISSN:1944-8244, Pages:23083-23092

Gusken NA, Lauri A, Li Y, et al., 2019, TiO2-x-enhanced IR hot carrier based photodetection in metal thin film-si junctions, Acs Photonics, Vol:6, ISSN:2330-4022, Pages:953-960

Doiron B, Mota M, Wells MP, et al., 2019, Quantifying figures of merit for localized surface plasmon resonance applications: a materials survey, Acs Photonics, Vol:6, ISSN:2330-4022, Pages:240-259

Maslakov K, Teterin YA, Popel AJ, et al., 2018, XPS study of ion irradiated and unirradiated CeO2 bulk and thin film samples, Applied Surface Science, Vol:448, ISSN:0169-4332, Pages:154-162

Maslakov KI, Teterin YA, Ryzhkov MV, et al., 2018, The electronic structure and the nature of the chemical bond in CeO2, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, Vol:20, ISSN:1463-9076, Pages:16167-16175

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