Boris Chichkov is a head of the Nanotechnology Department at the Laser Zentrum Hannover, Germany since 2004. Laser Zentrum Hannover is one of the European leading institutes in laser development and laser material processing. Boris was just 25 years old when he received his Ph.D. degree from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. Chichov started his scientific carrier in laser physics at the P.N. Lebedev Institute of Physics, headed by Prof. N.G.Basov, who got the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1964 for his fundamental work in quantum electronics that led to the development of laser and maser. Under his influence, the development of novel laser technologies and their applications in material processing, photonics and biomedicine became one of his strong motivations.
Because of decay of Soviet Union he had to move to western countries and continue his scientific work there. Boris was one of the first ones that contributed to the progress of the femtosecond laser material processing, three dimensional additive laser nanomanufacturing by two photon polymerization technique, laser generation and printing of nanoparticles.
In 1997 Chichkov made a Habilitation in physics from the Hannover University and became a professor at the Institut für Quantenoptik at the Leibniz Universität Hannover.
His scientific interests span through laser physics and applications, quantum and nonlinear optics, nano- and biophotonics, nanoengineering, biomedical implants and devices, biofabrication, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.
One of the most interesting research that Boris is involved in is laser printing of living cells and tissue. His work can make considerable contribution to human health and longevity. Boris team aims the development of innovative laser technologies for biofabrication of living organs and tissue substitutes from patien specific cells. In future his technology will drastically improve organ transplantation.