- Topological photonics
- Quantum materials
- Quantum Optics
- PhD in Physics, 2003, M. V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia
Dr. Khanikaev has received PhD degree in Physics from Moscow State University in 2003. After graduation Dr. Khanikaev spent five years at the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan, as a postdoctoral scholar and a senior researcher, where he worked on the topics of magnetic photonic crystals and plasmonic nanostructures. From 2009, Dr. Khanikaev held a position of a research scientist at the Department of Physics at the University of Texas in Austin and contributed to the fields of infrared photonics and plasmonic metamaterials, biosensing, and graphene photonics. In 2012, he pioneered the concept of photonic topological insulators. In 2013, Dr. Khanikaev joined the City University of New York (CUNY) as the faculty member and in 2020 he became a full professor of Electrical Engineering at the City College of CUNY. Dr. Khanikaev is a recipient of the NSF Special Creativity Award, the OSA Outstanding Reviewer Award, and he is a Fellow of OSA. Dr. Khanikaev's research focus is design and experimental studies of nanophotonic and polaritonic systems, topological electromagnetic and acoustic metamaterials, and optical properties of low-dimensional and quantum materials. One of the major research directions is engineering nonreciprocity and topological robustness in photonic nanostructures.