ITMO University Saint Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics

Aliaksei Dubavik

Aliaksei Dubavik

Dr. rer. nat.


Associate professor, Senior researcher



Belarusian State University, Belarus
Controlled cationic styrene polymerization based on the etherates of AlCl3 and i-BuAlCl2

Doctor rerum naturalium

Technische Universitaet Dresden, Germany
Hydrophobic/hydrophilic switchable nanoparticles for bioimaging


2015-Present: Senior Research Scientist (Postdoctoral Fellow), International Research and Education Centre for Physics of Nanostructures, Chair of Optical Physics and Modern Natural Science, ITMO University

2013-2015: Research Scientist (Postdoctoral Fellow), Physical Chemistry, TU Dresden, Germany (supervisor Prof. Dr. Alexander Eychmüller)

2011-2012: Research Scientist (Postdoctoral Fellow), Photonics and Optoelectronics Group, Department of Physics and Centre for Nanoscience, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Muenchen, Germany (supervisor Prof. Dr. Jochen Feldmann)

2008-2011 – Research Scientist, Physical Chemistry, TU Dresden (supervisor Prof. Dr. Alexander Eychmüller)

2005-2007 – Chemist, pharmaceutical company, Moscow, Russia

1999-2005 – Junior Research Scientist, Physico-Chemical Research Institute, Belarussian State University, Minsk, Belarus

Research interests

Nanochemistry (synthesis and characterization of colloidal semiconductor quantum dots)

Noble metal nanocrystals, magnetic nanocrystals, and hybrid nanostructures for solar cells, bioapplications, and photocatalysis

Polymer Chemistry (synthesis and modification of polymers)

Organometallic chemistry

  1. S.V. Kostjuk, A.Y. Dubovik, I.V. Vasilenkol, V.P. Mardykin, L.V. Gaponik, F.N. Kaputsky, L.M. Antipin. Novel initiating system based on AlCl3 etherate for quasiliving cationic polymerization of styrene. Polymer Bulletin, 3(52) 3-4 (2004)
  2. S. V. Kostjuk, A.Y. Dubovik, I.V. Vasilenko, A.N. Frolov, F.N. Kaputsky. Kinetic and mechanistic study of the quasiliving cationic polymerization of styrene with the 2-phenyl-2-propanol/AlCl3·OBu2 initiating system. European Polymer Journal, 2(2) 3-2 (2007)
  3. A. Dubavik, V. Lesnyak, W. Thiessen, N. Gaponik, T. Wolff, A. Eychmüller. Synthesis of Amphiphilic CdTe Nanocrystals. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 113(12) 4748-4750 (2009)
  4. W. Thiessen, A. Dubavik, V. Lesnyak, N. Gaponik, A. Eychmüller, T. Wolff. Amphiphilic and magnetic behavior of Fe3O4 nanocrystals. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 3(4) 12-9 (2010)
  5. V. Lesnyak, A. Dubavik, A. Plotnikov, N. Gaponik, A. Eychmüller. One-step aqueous synthesis of blue-emitting glutathione-capped ZnSe1−xTexalloyed nanocrystals. Chem. Commun., 1(46) 6-886 (2010)
  6. I. Vrublevsky, K. Chernyakova, A. Ispas, A. Bund, N. Gaponik, A. Dubavik. Photoluminescence properties of heat-treated porous alumina films formed in oxalic acid. Journal of Luminescence, 131(5) 938-942 (2011)
  7. A. Dubavik, V. Lesnyak, N. Gaponik, A. Eychmüller. One-Phase Synthesis of Gold Nanoparticles with Varied Solubility. Langmuir, 27(16) 10224-10227 (2011)
  8. Vladimir Lesnyak, André Wolf, Aliaksei Dubavik, Lars Borchardt, Sergei V. Voitekhovich, Nikolai Gaponik, Stefan Kaskel, Alexander Eychmüller. 3D Assembly of Semiconductor and Metal Nanocrystals: Hybrid CdTe/Au Structures with Controlled Content. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 3(133) 34-13413 (2011)
  9. Aliaksei Dubavik, Erdinc Sezgin, Vladimir Lesnyak, Nikolai Gaponik, Petra Schwille, Alexander Eychmüller. Penetration of Amphiphilic Quantum Dots through Model and Cellular Plasma Membranes. ACS Nano, 6(3) 2150-2156 (2012)
  10. Ilka Kriegel, Jessica Rodríguez-Fernández, Andreas Wisnet, Hui Zhang, Christian Waurisch, Alexander Eychmüller, Aliaksei Dubavik, Alexander O. Govorov, Jochen Feldmann. Shedding Light on Vacancy-Doped Copper Chalcogenides: Shape-Controlled Synthesis, Optical Properties, and Modeling of Copper Telluride Nanocrystals with Near-Infrared Plasmon Resonances. ACS Nano, 7(5) 4367-4377 (2013)
  11. S. Leubner, R. Schneider, A. Dubavik, S. Hatami, N. Gaponik, U. Resch-Genger, A. Eychmüller. Influence of the stabilizing ligand on the quality, signal-relevant optical properties, and stability of near-infrared emitting Cd1−xHgxTe nanocrystals. Journal of Materials Chemistry C, 1(2) 25-5011 (2014)
  12. Aliaksei Dubavik, Vladimir Lesnyak, Nikolai Gaponik, Alexander Eychmüller. A Versatile Approach for a Variety of Amphiphilic Nanoparticles: Semiconductor – Plasmonic – Magnetic. Zeitschrift für Physikalische Chemie, 228(2) 3 (2014)
  13. Marcus Adam, Zhiyu Wang, Aliaksei Dubavik, Gordon M. Stachowski, Christian Meerbach, Zeliha Soran-Erdem, Christin Rengers, Hilmi Volkan Demir, Nikolai Gaponik, Alexander Eychmüller. Liquid-Liquid Diffusion-Assisted Crystallization: A Fast and Versatile Approach Toward High Quality Mixed Quantum Dot-Salt Crystals. Advanced Functional Materials, 25(18) 2638-2645 (2015)
  14. R. Schneider, F. Weigert, V. Lesnyak, S. Leubner, T. Lorenz, T. Behnke, A. Dubavik, J.-O. Joswig, U. Resch-Genger, N. Gaponik, A. Eychmüller. pH and concentration dependence of the optical properties of thiol-capped CdTe nanocrystals in water and D2O. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 18 19083-19092 (2016)
  15. I.V. Martynenko, V.A. Kuznetsova, I.K. Litvinov, A.O. Orlova, V.G. Maslov, A.V. Fedorov, A. Dubavik, F. Purcell-Milton, Y.K. Gun’ko, A.V. Baranov. Enantioselective cellular uptake of chiral semiconductor nanocrystals. Nanotechnology , 27(7) 075102 (2016)
  16. E.V. Ushakova, S.A. Cherevkov, A.P. Litvin, P.S. Parfenov, V.V. Zakharov, A. Dubavik, A.V. Fedorov, A.V. Baranov. Оptical properties of ordered superstructures formed from cadmium and lead chalcogenide nanocrystals. Optics Express, 24(2) A58-A64 (2016)