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Dr Jolly Xavier Palackappillil

Dr Jolly Xavier Palackappillil

Research Fellow (LSI)

 Living Systems Institute 


Living Systems Institute, University of Exeter, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QD


Dr Jolly Xavier currently is a Research Fellow in the inter-disciplinary Living Systems Institute of University of Exeter. From September 2019, he is also appointed as Deputy Head of Vollmer research group for Nano and Quantum biosensing.

He completed his PhD in Nanophotonics from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India where part of his PhD research for a year was carried out at Institut fuer Angwandte Physik, University of Muenster, Germany under DAAD sandwich model PhD research fellowship. Prior to joining as a Research Fellow in University of Exeter, Dr Jolly Xavier was a Postdoctoral Research Scientist in Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin, Germany and subsequently a Max Planck Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Erlangen, Germany. He is recipient of Above and Beyond award of University of Exeter in 2018 for his exceptional contributions to research and development. 

Google scholar page: https://scholar.google.de/citations?user=4ZR2JA4AAAAJ&hl=en


PhD (Physics / Nanophotonics)

MTech (Lasers and Electro-Optics)

MSc (Electronic Science)


Research interests

Designed and developed the research lab and advanced experimental setups for quantum optoplsmonic single molecule sensing in Vollmer research group for Quantum and Nano biosensing. Research interests include both experimental as well as computational investigations pertaining to Nanophotonics, Opto-plasmonics, Single molecule Quantum nanosensors, Linear and nonlinear microresonators, Quantum optical correlations and photon statistics, Novel single photon sources, Silicon photonics, Enhanced light-matter interactions in ordered and disordered nanostructures.


Year 2 Physics problems 2018/2019, 2019/2020:

1. Quantum mechanics

2. Electromagnetism

Supervision / Group

Postgraduate researchers

  • Callum Jones
  • Aneeth Kakkanattu Arunkumar
  • Katya Zossimova

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