Bio & CV

I am a theoretical physicist working on the interface of condensed matter theory and experiment. I made my PhD at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), with my thesis entitled "Theories of topologically-induced phenomena in skyrmion-hosting magnetoelectric insulators", where I was a part of the experimental research team into writing and erasing magnetic skyrmions. Apart from that, during my PhD years I performed independent research into quantum optics and published two single-author papers (not included in my thesis for consistency of the skyrmionics storyline). My research interests also include ultra cold atoms physics and physics outreach.

Education and Training

2017- now       Postdoctoral training at Harvard University

2017                 Docteur ès Sciences (Ph.D.), École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland

2011                 B.Sc. with Honors, Landau School for Theoretical Physics, University of Kharkiv, Ukraine​

Academic honors

2017-2019       SNSF Postdoctoral Fellowship for Harvard University

2016                 66th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

2016                 Bayer Science & Education Foundation Fellowship (Lindau Meeting)

2015                 EPFL Teaching excellence reward

2013                 Master of Science degree with High Honors, University of Kharkiv

2011                 First Prize Award at International Physicists’ Tournament, Moscow

2011                 Bachelor of Science degree with High Honors, University of Kharkiv

2010/2011       Sapronov’s Fellowship for outstanding students/ Sapronov Foundation

2009/2010       Tarapov’s Fellowship for outstanding students / National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine 

Media exposure

My research was highlighted in different media outlets, including universities main pages and newspapers:
Light can be almost stopped at room temperature

Alex Kruchkov qualifies for 2016 Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting
A new state of light
New state of light revealed with photon-trapping method
Trapping photons: a model for containing light
Pièges à photons: création d'un modèle pour retenir la lumière
New state of light revealed with photon-trapping method