Roman Anufriev

Roman Anufriev

Project Associate Professor

The University of Tokyo


I graduated from the Nanotechnology faculty of St. Petersburg Academic University and moved to France, where I did my Ph.D. on optics of semiconductor nanowires at INSA-Lyon. Next, I’ve been working in Nomura group on phononic crystals, and currently, I am a project associate professor at the University of Tokyo. My research is focused on phonon and heat transport in nanostructures. Specifically, I study ballistic thermal conduction in nanowires and phononic crystals for applications in thermoelectrics and microelectronics.


  • Ballistic thermal transport
  • Nanoscale heat conduction
  • Phononic crystals
  • Thermoelectrics
  • Nanowires


  • PhD in semiconductor optics at INSA-Lyon, 2013
  • MS in nanotechnology at St. Petersburg Academic University, 2010
  • BS in technical physics at St. Petersburg Politechnical University, 2008



Ballistic heat

Investigation of ballistic conduction of phonons and heat in semiconductors at nanoscale.


Improving the thermoelectric performance of silicon-based devices using nanofabrication.

Ray phononics

In this project, I develop a new concept of heat manipulation based on particle properties of phonons"

Wave phononics

Theoretical and experimental studies of coherent heat conduction in phononic crystals.

Nanowire optics

My PhD project about optical properties of quantum dots is nanowires.


In-plane surface phonon-polariton thermal conduction in dielectric multilayer systems

We find that SPhPs generated in SiO2 nanolayers couple with guided resonant modes and propagate mainly in the nonabsorbent Si layer for microscale Si thicknesses.

Observation of heat transport mediated by the propagation distance of surface phonon-polaritons over hundreds of micrometers

We show that thin nanomembranes support heat transport by SPhPs, as evidenced by an increase in the thermal conductivity with temperature.

Net heat current at zero mean temperature gradient

The existence of a net heat current of conductive thermal waves is demonstrated even in the absence of a mean temperature gradient.

Nanoscale limit of the thermal conductivity in crystalline silicon carbide membranes, nanowires, and phononic crystals

We systematically measured thermal conductivity in SiC nanostructures, including nanomembranes, nanowires, and phononic crystals.

Review of thermal transport in phononic crystals

In this article, we review the phonon and thermal transport in one and two-dimensional phononic crystals