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Marko SpasenovićResearch Professor

I work as a Research Professor (Principal Research Fellow) at ICTM – the Institute for Chemistry, Technology and Metallurgy in Belgrade, as part of the Center for Microelectronic Technologies (CMT). The main lines of my research are sensors based on 2D materials and graphene microphones. Prior to this post, I was Assistant Research Professor at the Institute of Physics in Belgrade. I completed my undergraduate education in Engineering Physics at Carleton University in Canada, followed by a MSc in Physics at the University of Toronto, where I researched ultrafast photocurrent generation in semiconductors (supervised by prof. Henry van Driel). I completed my PhD at AMOLF in Amsterdam and the University of Twente, the Netherlands, with a thesis on near-field mapping of optical fields in photonic and plasmonic nanostructures (supervised by prof. Kobus Kuipers). Subsequently, I held two postdoc positions at ICFO near Barcelona, Spain, where I worked on plasmons in graphene (prof. Frank Koppens) and laser trapping and cooling of levitated dielectric nanoparticles in vacuum (prof. Romain Quidant).

I have led several national and international projects and supervised numerous MSc and PhD students in the Netherlands, Spain, and Serbia.

Graphene-based wearable multiparameter sensor (Gramulsen) 2020 - 2022

Funder: Science Fund of the Republic of Serbia

Project Leader

Project worth 170 kEUR


Drone Surveying Of Acoustic Noise Sources And Implementing in GIS 2017 - 2018

Funder: Innovation Fund of Republic of Serbia

Chief Scientific Officer

Project worth 335 kEUR


Tuning many-body effects in graphene by cesium intercalation 2016 - 2017

Funder: Ministry of Science of Republic of Serbia

Project Lead from Serbian side
Bilateral exchange project with Croatia

Eurostars programme

Reviewed project worth 1.5 million EUR


Austrian Science Fund - FWF August 2019

Reviewer for the Lisa Meitner scheme Postdoctoral Fellowship


Polish National Science Scenter, Narodowe Centrum Nauki - NCN January 2018

Reviewer for the Harmonia Funding Scheme Project worth 50 kEUR

Associate Professor
Institute for Chemistry, Technology and Metallurgy, Belgrade, Serbia
Aug 2018 - present
Chemical and acoustic sensors. Graphene microphones.

Assistant Professor
Institute of Physics, Belgrade, Serbia
October 2014 - July 2018
Optical and structural properties of thin films, including graphene.

Postdoctoral Researcher
Institute for Photonic Sciences (ICFO), Barcelona, Spain
October 2011 - September 2014
Nano-optics and nano-plasmonics of graphene (Prof. Frank Koppens)
Optomechanics of graphene and dielectric nanospheres (Prof. Romain Quidant)

Visiting Scientist
Institute of Physics, Belgrade, Serbia
July 2011 - October 2011
Optical properties of graphene.

PhD student

FOM Institute AMOLF, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 2007 - 2011 Supervised by Prof. L. (Kobus) Kuipers.
Thesis: Surface plasmon polaritons and light at interfaces: propagating and evanescent waves.

Scientific Committee Member, Photonica 2021 conference

National Focal Point for the X-Noise European Research Network on Aeroacoustics July 2018-July 2019

Reviewer for Optics Express, Optics Letters, JOSA A, Optical Materials, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, Nature Communications, Microsys- tem Technologies (MITE), Carbon, ACS Applied Nano Materials.
OSA Outstanding Referee Award 2014, 2015.

Member Optical Society of Serbia Feb 2015 - present

Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA) March 2014 - present

OSA Member Advisory Network 2013, 2014

European Representative
Graphene Stakeholders Association June 2013 - present

Advisory Board Member
Graphene Stakeholders Association April 2013 - present

Founding President of OSA Student Chapter Amsterdam Sept 2010-May 2011
Under my leadership, the chapter won the 2011 Student Recruitment Contest.

Member Optical Society of America (OSA) 2009-2016

Participated in the organization of the conference ”Surface Plasmon Photonics 4” in Amsterdam, June 2009, Amsterdam.

PhD Applied Physics, AMOLF Institute and University of Twente, the Netherlands 2007-2011
Supervised by Prof. Laurens (Kobus) Kuipers
Thesis: Surface plasmon polaritons and light at interfaces: propagating and evanescent waves

MSc Physics, University of Toronto, Canada 2005 - 2006
Supervised by Prof. Henry van Driel.
Thesis: Coherent control: all-optical injection of ultrafast photocurrents in Si.

BEng Engineering Physics, Carleton University, Canada 2001 - 2005
Diploma project: Fabrication of a fiber Bragg grating using phase-mask inscription by an ArF excimer laser (Prof. Jacques Albert).
Graduated with High Distinction.

Nortel Networks undergraduate scholarship: 2001, 2002, and 2004
Dean’s list of distinguished students: 2002, 2004 and 2005

Marie Curie PhD fellowship: 2007 - 2010

ICFOnest (Marie Curie COFUND) Postdoctoral fellowship: 2012-2014

Tijana Tomašević-Ilić, PhD student, Faculty of Physical Chemistry, University of Belgrade, promoted October 2019

Milan Vićentijević MSc student, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade, promoted September 2016

Milenko Musić, MSc student, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Bel- grade, promoted June 2015

Achim Woessner, MSc student, Europhotonics program, promoted September 2012

Gabriele Navickaite, MSc student, Europhotonics program, promoted September 2012

Thijs Krijger, MSc student, Utrecht University, promoted August 2011

Dirk Jan Dikken, MSc student, Utrecht University, promoted April 2010

Lecturer - Doctoral Studies of Biophotonics, University of Belgrade 2019-now

Teaching Assistant for PHY151-152 Fall 2005, Spring 2006 Physics laboratory for Engineering Science students
• Supervised experiments, fixed equipment, graded students.

Completed MITx online course: ”Innovation and Commercialization” 2019 ”WIPO IP tools for universities”, by WIPO Belgrade, November 2018

ICFO+ ”Introduction to Patent Engineering and Management” by Fractus and Herrero y Asociados Barcelona, September 2012

ICFO+ ”Effective Oral Presentations” by Jean-Luc Doumont Barcelona, March 2012 FOM ”Taking Charge of Your PhD Project” by ElroyCOM Utrecht, May 2008

Founder and administrator 2012 - 2017
Graphene business and patent news and commentary.