Vera Smolyaninova | Towson University


Ph.D., Physics
University of Maryland, College Park
M.S., Physics and Engineering
Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology

Areas of Expertise

Experimental condensed matter physics



Dr. Vera Smolyaninova joined Towson University in 2002 as Assistant Professor of physics
in the Department of Physics, Astronomy and Geosciences, was promoted to Associate
Professor in 2007 and to full Professor in 2012.  Before joining Towson, she worked
as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Maryland, and as AAEE Fellow at
the Naval Research Laboratory, Washington DC.  At Towson, Dr. Smolyaninova taught
a wide variety of physics courses ranging from introductory physic to graduate level
courses, including courses that she developed herself.  Dr. Smolyaninova maintains
active research program involving undergraduate and masters students in her research. 
She was awarded several NSF research grants including NSF CAREER award, the first
CAREER award at Towson University.  Her research has resulted in more than 60 publications
in refereed journals, 100 conference proceedings and presentations, and a US patent. 
Her publications in the area of metamaterials and transformation optics (invisibility
cloaking, metamaterial superconductors, etc.) received wide press coverage in such
outlets as BBC News, Physics World, EurekAlert! (AAAS), New Scientist, Scientific
American, NSF news, EE times, and other general news media around the world.  To excite
interest in physics in a general audience, Dr. Smolyaninova disseminates her research
by writing articles for general audience and giving interview to mass-media representatives. 
To excite interest in STEM disciplines in youth, Dr. Smolyaninova conducts various
outreach activities for students from kindergarten to high school.  Dr. Smolyaninova
served on various committees ranging from departmental to University System of Maryland
levels.  She serves as CLEO/QELS Science Program committee member and M-AS APS 2015
Meeting Program Committee Member.  She served as a member at large of the M-AS APS
Executive Committee for two years.

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Dr. Smolyaninova’s CV


Research Interests  


  • Metamaterial superconductors
  • Transformation optics devices
  • Ferrofluid-based self-assembled hyperbolic metamaterials

Physics of functional oxides

Dr. Smolyaninova’s Research Page


Selected Publications

  • Vera N. Smolyaninova, Kathryn Zander, Thomas Gresock, Christopher Jensen, Joseph C.
    Prestigiacomo, M. S. Osofsky & Igor I. Smolyaninov, “Using metamaterial nanoengineering
    to triple the superconducting critical temperature of bulk aluminum,” Scientific Reports
    (Nature publishing group) 5, 15777 (2015). 
    This work was highlighted by SPIE NewsRoom, Superconductor Week and other media outlets.
  • Vera N. Smolyaninova, Bradley Yost, Kathryn Zander, M. S. Osofsky, Heungsoo Kim, Shanta
    Saha, R. L. Greene, and Igor I. Smolyaninov, “Experimental demonstration of superconducting
    critical temperature increase in electromagnetic metamaterials,” Scientific Reports
    (Nature publishing group) 4, 7321 (2014). 
    This work generated considerable media interest including Physics World, MIT Technology
    Review, ExtremeTech, etc.
  • Vera N. Smolyaninova, Bradley Yost, David Lahneman, Evgenii E. Narimanov & Igor I.
    Smolyaninov, “Self-assembled tunable photonic hyper-crystals,” Scientific Reports
    (Nature publishing group) 4, 5706 (2014). 
    This work was highlighted by SPIE NewsRoom.

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