Oleg Shpyrko


Department Chair

Research Focus
X-ray synchrotron scattering and microscopy probes; Strongly correlated electron systems: charge and spin density wave materials, high-Tc superconductivity, metal-insulator transition, quantum antiferromagnets, thin film magnetism. Soft matter, liquid surfaces, nanoscale self-assembly, metallic liquids and glasses.

Research Summary

Dr. Shpyrko expertise is primarily in novel synchrotron x-ray scattering and microscopy study of both soft and hard condensed matter systems. He has on-going research in using x-ray nano-diffraction for characterization of a wide range of solid state systems and phenomena, such as nanoscale electronic/magnetic phase separation in complex oxides, electronic phase transitions, magnetic domain formation, and high-Tc superconductors. Prof. Shpyrko is developing novel Coherent X-ray Diffraction Microscopy approaches based on "lens-less" imaging, as well as X-ray Photon Correlation Spectroscopy technique. Soft matter projects pursued by the group include nanoscale structures and dynamics at the surfaces of liquid metals and alloys, bulk metallic glasses, wetting and capillary phenomena, self-assembly at liquid surfaces and behavior of liquids in nanoscale confinement. 

Oleg Shpyrko
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Oleg Shpyrko received his PhD in Physics from Harvard University in 2004. He joined faculty at UCSD in 2007, after spending two years at the Center for Nanoscale Materials, Argonne National Lab. Professor Shpyrko is a Hellman Faculty Fellow (2009) and Rosalind Franklin Young Investigator (2008).