Education and Qualifications:

  • 2010 Doctor of Science (Habilitation), Ioffe Physical-Technical Institute, Russia
  • 1998 PhD, Ioffe Physical-Technical Institute, Russia
  • 1994 MSc in Optoelectronics (Hons.), St.Petersburg State Electrotechnical University (LETI), Russia

Professional career:

  • 2017-present Chief Researcher and Head of the Integrated Optics on Heterostructures Lab., Ioffe Institute, Russia
  • 2012-present Professor of Optoelectronics, St Petersburg State Electrotechnical University (LETI), Russia
  • 2012-2017 Leading Research Fellow, Ioffe Institute, Russia
  • 2010-2012 Marie Curie Research Fellow, University of Dundee, UK
  • 1999-2010 Senior Research Fellow, Ioffe Institute, Russia

Prizes, Awards and other Honours:

  • 2003-2011 Reader, St Petersburg State Electrotechnical University (LETI), Russia
  • 1999-2004 Executive Secretary of the Educational Center of the Ioffe Institute
  • 1998-1999 Royal Society Research Fellow, University of St Andrews, UK
  • 1994-1998 Research Assistant / Junior Research Fellow / Research Fellow, Ioffe Institute, Russia
  • 2016 Professor of Russian Academy of Sciences
  • 2013 Honorary Professor, University of Dundee, UK
  • 2011, 2008, 2004, 2000, 1998 Prizes of the Centre of Nanoheterostructure Physics, Ioffe Institute, Russia
  • 2010 Marie Curie Fellowship (EU)
  • 2007 Silver Medal, International Innovation Congress “Hi-Tech”, St.Petersburg, Russia
  • 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004 Prizes of the St Petersburg Government, Russia
  • 2003 Russian Federation State medal “300th St Petersburg anniversary”
  • 2003 2nd award, Samsung Young Scientist Day, St.Petersburg, Russia
  • 2003 Winner of the “Knowledge-innovations” competition devoted to the 300th anniversary
    of St Petersburg, Russia
  • 1998 Royal Society Research Fellowship (UK)
  • 1997 International Science Foundation Award, USA


  • Undergraduate course: ‘Quantum Dot Lasers’ (University of Dundee, UK)
  • Graduate courses: ‘Semiconductor Lasers’, ‘Nonlinear Optics’, ‘Matrix Optics’ (LETI, Russia)
  • Short courses: ‘Semiconductor Lasers’ (Ioffe Institute course for PhD students), ‘Optical tweezers’ (Winter School on Physics of Semiconductors, Zelenogorsk, Russia, 2017), ‘Laser diodes for biomedical applications’ (Photonics Meets Biology Summer School, Crete, Greece, 2013), ‘Semiconductor lasers: What’s next?’ (Dynasty Summer School, Repino, Russia, 2013), ‘Laser diode beam manipulation and analysis’ (Photonics Meets Biology Summer School, Crete, Greece, 2011).

Other Appointments and Affiliations:

Peer review activities:

  • Journals: Nature family (Nat. Phot., Nat. Comm., etc), AIP journals (Appl. Phys. Lett., Jour. of Appl. Phys.), OSA journals (Opt. Expr., Opt. Lett.), IEEE Photonics Society journals (IEEE Quant. El., IEEE Phot. Tech. Lett., etc), IoP journals (Semicond. Sci. and Technol., Jour. of Phys. D, etc), RAS journals (Tech. Phys., Tech. Phys. Lett., Semiconductors, etc)
  • Secretary of the Ioffe Institute Young Scientists Research Award Committee (since 1999)
  • Funding agencies: Ministry of Science and Education of Russia, Foundation for Assistance to Small Innovative Enterprises (Russia), Government of St Petersburg (Russia)

Other Affiliations:

  • Vice-chair of the St Petersburg Chapter of the IEEE Photonics Society (former IEEE Laser and Electro-Optics Society, LEOS)
  • Member of Editorial Board for the Journal of Technical Physics
  • Chief Editor of the Journal of Physics: Conference Series v.461 (2014), 572 (2015), 769 (2016), 917 (2017), 1038 (2018).
  • St Petersburg Representative of the Institute of Physics Publishing, Institute of Physics, UK (since 2007)
  • Chair of the Program Committee of the International Conference Laser Optics and Co-chair of the Semiconductor Laser Section (since 2012)
  • Chair of the PhysicA.SPb Conference (since 1999)
  • Coordinator of the Section ‘Nanomaterials for Information Technologies, Nanoelectronics and Nanophotonics’, XII International Conference on Nanostructured Materials (NANO 2014)
  • Consultant and St Petersburg Representative, Texas Institute of Science, USA (2008-2009)
  • Consultant and St Petersburg Representative, Imprimatur Capital, UK (2007-2008)
  • Head of the Local Committee of the Annual Venturing Seminar “Russian Technologies for Industry” (2006, 2007)

Recent and on-going research activities and funding

Generation of non-diffracting (Bessel) beams from the semiconductor light sources and interference focusing of the high-M2 light beams beyond the diffraction limit; Development of the curved-grating distributed Bragg reflector / distributed feedback laser diodes capable of “self”-focusing emitted light; Research on limitation of the output power of the laser diodes with quantum-sized active media; Development of the new principles and device structures that will enable highly effective generation of THz radiation based on recent idea of the waveguide-enhanced non-collinear difference-frequency generation in periodically-switched semiconductor media; Research into the fundamental principles of conical refraction and development of the theoretical model for design and optimisation of the conically-refracted trapping light beams including the effects of the media nonlinearities and aberrations; Development of blue-to-red tunable laser source based on second-harmonic generation in diode-pumped non-linear crystal

Research funding (National)

  • Research activities of Prof Grigorii Sokolovskii find funding through multiple grants from Ministry of Science and Education of Russia, Presidium of Russian Academy of Sciences, Foundation for Assistance to Small Innovative Enterprises (FASIE), Government of St Petersburg and Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR). Some examples of recent and on-going research project lead by Prof Sokolovskii are given below:
  • Research and development of single-frequency quantum-cascade lasers for mid-infrared range (Ministry of Science and Education of Russia, 2017-2019), Quantum-sized semiconductor nanoheterostructures with ultra-broad gain spectrum and infrared laser diodes for development of blue to red tunable laser source (Ministry of Science and Education of Russia, 2014-2016), Effect of spatial inhomogeneity and modal composition of radiation on frequency conversion in the waveguided periodically-poled non-linear crystals: theory and experiment (RFBR, 2014-2016)

Research funding (Overseas)

  • INTAS (03-55-2001) Novel self-focused high-power single-frequency diode lasers
  • Royal Society Joint Project (2006) Investigation of broad area laser diodes with beam focusing by curved-grating design
  • Texas Institute of Science (2006) Improvement of the optical fiber delivery system
  • Royal Society of Engineering (2008) Theoretical and experimental studies of semiconductor light sources that generate non-diffracting (Bessel) beams
  • Royal Society Joint Project (2009) Non-diffracting beams generated from semiconductor light sources