Mariana Sendova

Professor of Physics - Interdisciplinary Programs - Natural Sciences - Physics

Mariana Sendova
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  • Mail Location: Heiser E172C

Professor of Physics

M.Sc., Ph.D., Sofia University

Mariana Sendova is a faculty member at New College of Florida since August 2000. She started the College’s first experimental physics research laboratory and has been successful in attracting outside funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Collaboration in Basic Science and Engineering (COBASE), the Department of Education, and the Army Research Laboratory (ARL).

In the spring of 2009, Sendova became the first female full professor of physics at New College of Florida since its inception in 1960. She has active ongoing national and international collaborations with The French National Research Center, Orsay, France; Max-Planck Institute for Microstructure Physics, Halle, Germany; The Central Laboratory of Solar Energy, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria; University Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France; University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, and The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Sendova has successfully solved interesting scientific problems in different areas of applied physics, material science, nanotechnology, spectroscopy, and biophysics. She has two patents and more than 50 publications in renowned and diverse peer reviewed journals such as Journal of Applied Physics; Journal of Raman Spectroscopy; Applied Physics A; Applied Physics Letters; Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology; Journal of Biochemistry; J. of Molecular Catalysis; Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology; Japanese Journal of Applied Physic, and Archaeometry. Professor Sendova holds two US Patents.

As a teacher, Sendova strongly encourages her students to work on real-life research projects in her laboratory. Many of her students have received national awards and actively participate in her international collaborative projects. Sendova’s students regularly present their findings at international science research conferences. After graduating from New College, most of them are accepted as Ph.D. students in physics and engineering in high ranking universities such as Columbia, Cornell, University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin, Penn State, SUNY at Albany, University of Texas, etc.

Recent Courses
Solid State Physics
Seeing the Light


J. A. Jiménez, S. Lysenko, M. Sendova, Ch. Zhao,  Excited-state dynamics and enhanced near-IR emission in Nd3+ structurally activated aluminophosphate glass containing silver and tin, Opt. Mater. 46, 88–92 (2015).

J. A. Jiménez, M. Sendova, Near-UV Sensitized 1.06 µm Emission of  Nd3+ via Monovalent Copper in Phosphate Glass, Mater. Chem. and Phys. 162, 425-430, (2015).

J. A. Jiménez,  M. Sendova, Ch. Zhao, Efficient energy transfer and enhanced near-IR emission in Cu+/Nd3+-activated aluminophosphate glass J. Amer. Cer. Soc,  98, 3087-3093, (2015).

J. A. Jiménez, M. Sendova Near-IR photoluminescence of Pr/Cu/Sn tri-doped phosphate glass: Non-plasmonic material system versus plasmonic nanocomposite; J. of Electronic Mater. 44,   1175-1180 (2015).

M. Sendova , J. A. Jiménez, R. Smith, N. Rudawski, Kinetics of copper nanoparticle precipitation in phosphate glass: An isothermal plasmonic approach, Phys. Chem. and Chem. Phys. 17, 1241–1246 (2015).

J. A. Jiménez, M. Sendova, Real-time analysis of the “plasmonic diluent” effect: Probing Ag nanoparticle growth rate via Dy3+ photoluminescence quenching, J of Luminescence, 157, 275 -279 (2015).

Gros, C., Peprah, M. Hosterman, B., Brinzari, T., Quintero, P., Sendova, M.; ,Meisel, M., Talham, D. Light-induced magnetization changes in a coordination polymer heterostructure of a Prussian blue analogue and a Hofmann-like Fe(II) spin crossover compound, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 136,  9846–9849  (2014).

M. Sendova B. Hosterman, R. Raud, T. Hartmann, D. Kouri, Temperature-dependent, micro-Raman spectroscopic study of barium titanate nanoparticles, J. of Raman Spectroscopy 46,  5–31 (2015).

J. A. Jiménez, M. Sendova, E. Fachini, UV-stimulated near-IR emission of Pr 3+ in phosphate glass via twofold-coordinated Sn centers, Infrared Physics and Technology 67, 359-362 (2014).

J. A. Jiménez, M. Sendova, Enhanced 1.53 μm emission of Er3+ ions in phosphate glass via energy transfer from Cu+ ions J. Appl. Phys.  116, 033518 (2014).

J. A. Jiménez, M. Sendova, B. Hosterman, L. Haney,  Sn centers-mediated enhancement of 1.5 µm emission of Er3+ ions in phosphate glass, Mater. Lett., 131, 344, (2014).

M. Sendova and B. Hosterman, Raman spectroscopic study of the size-dependent order parameter of barium titanate, J. Appl. Phys. 115, 214104-5 (2014).

J. A. Jiménez, M. Sendova, M. Puga-Lambers, Oxidation kinetics of plasmonic Ag particles in SiO2 nanofilms: Interlinking particle size to atmosphere–film–substrate system properties, J. of Phys. and Chem. of Solids 74, 1487–1491 (2013).

J. A. Jiménez, M. Sendova, Unfolding diffusion-based Ag nanoparticle growth in SiO2 nanofilms heat-treated in air via in situ optical microspectroscopy, Optical Materials 35, 968–972 (2013).

M. Sendova, J. Jiménez, Plasmonic Coupling in Silver Nanocomposite Glasses, J. Phys. Chem. C 116, 17764−17772 (2012).

J. A. Jiménez, M. Sendova, In Situ Isothermal Monitoring of the Enhancement and Quenching of Sm3+ Photoluminescence in Ag–Doped Glass, Solid State Communications 152, 1786-1790 (2012).

J. A. Jiménez, M. Sendova, Kinetics of Ag nanoparticle growth in thick SiO2 films: An in situ optical assessment of Ostwald ripening, Materials Chemistry and Physics 135, 282-286 (2012).

J. A. Jiménez, M. Sendova, K. McAlpine, Revealing oxidation kinetics of dielectric-embedded Ag nanoparticles via in situ optical microspectroscopy, Chem. Phys. Lett., 523 107–112, (2012).

J. A. Jiménez, M. Sendova,  Real-time optical microspectroscopy and activation energy of Ag nanoparticle growth in thin silica films, Physics Procedia 29,  36 – 41 (2012).

G. Chimowa, M. Sendova, E. Flahaut, D. Churochkin, S. Bhattacharayya, Tuning the electrical transport properties of double-walled carbon   nanotubes by semiconductor and semi-metal filling, J. Appl. Phys. 110, 123708 (2011).

J. A. Jiménez, S. Lysenko, H. Liu, M. Sendova, Luminescence of trivalent samarium ions in silver and tin co-doped aluminophosphate glass, Optical Materials 33, 1215–122033 (2011).

J. A. Jiménez, M.  Sendova, In situ spectroscopic determination of the activation energies for the growth of silver nanoparticles in silica nanofilms in nitrogen atmosphere, Solid State Communications, 151, 720–724 (2011).

J. A. Jiménez, M. Sendova, H. Liu and F. E. Fernández,  Supersaturation-driven optical tuning of Ag nanocomposite glasses for photonics: An in situ optical microspectroscopy study, Plasmonics, 6, 399-405 (2011).

J. A. Jiménez, M. Sendova, Diffusion activation energy of Ag in nanocomposite glasses determined by in situ monitoring of plasmon resonance evolution, Chem. Phys. Lett., 503 283–286 (2011).

J. A. Jiménez, M. Sendova, M. Sendova-Vassileva, Real time monitoring of plasmonic evolution in thick Ag:SiO2 films: Nanocomposite optical tuning,  ACS – Applied Materials and Interfaces, 3, 447-454 (2011).

J. A. Jiménez, M. Sendova, In situ optical microspectroscopy approach for the study of metal transport in dielectrics via temperature and time dependent plasmonics: Ag nanoparticles in SiO2 films, J. Chem. Phys.,  134, 054707 (2011).

J. A. Jiménez, M. Sendova, T. Hartsfield, M. Sendova-Vassileva, In situ optical microspectroscopy of the growth and oxidation of silver nanoparticles in silica thin films, Materials Research Bulletin  46 158–165 (2011).

J. A. Jimenez, M. Sendova, H. Liu, Evolution of the optical properties of a silver-doped phosphate glass during thermal treatment, J. of Luminescence,  131 535–538 (2011).

M. Sendova, E.  Flahaut, and T. Hartsfield, Temperature dependence of Raman scattering in filled double-walled carbon nanotubes, J. of Appl. Phys.  108, 044309, (2010).

M. Sendova-Vassileva, M. Sendova,  H. Hofmeister, J.C. Pivin, Interaction of laser radiation with gold  nanoparticles in SiO2 thin films,  J. Optoelectronics and Advanced Materials 11 1071, (2009)

M. Sendova, L. Datas, E.  Flahaut, Micro-Raman scattering of selenium-filled double-walled carbon nanotubes: temperature study,  J. of Appl. Physics  105, 094312, (2009)

M. Sendova, B. Kaiser, M. Scalera, V. Zhelyaskov, Della Robbia Blue glaze:  micro-Raman temperature study and X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy characterization, J. of Raman Spectroscopy 41, 469,  (2009)

M. Sendova and  E. Flahaut,  Comparative micro-Raman spectroscopy study of tellurium-filled double-walled carbon nanotubes, J. Appl. Phys. 103, 024311 (2008).

M. Sendova-Vassileva, M. Sendova, R. Ruther, J. C. Pivin, Laser modification of silver and gold nanoparticles in dielectric thin films, Journal of Optoelectronics and Advanced Materials, 9, 186 (2007).

D. Dimova-Malinovska, H. Nichev, O. Angelov, M. Sendova-Vassileva, M. Sendova, V. Mikli, Influence of differently formed interfacial aluminum oxide on the structural properties of poly-Si films prepared by aluminum induced crystallization, Journal of Optoelectronics and Advanced Materials, 9, 359 (2007).

M. Sendova, V. Zhelyaskov, M. Scalera and C. Gulliford, Micro-Raman spectroscopy of della Robbia glazes, Archaeometry 49, 655 (2007).

M. Sendova, M. Sendova-Vassileva, J. C. Pivin, H. Hofmeister, K. Coffey, A. Warren, Comprehensive experimental study of laser radiation interaction  with silver nanoparticles in SiO2 Matrix,   J. of  Nanoscience and Nanotechnology  6, 748 (2006).

M. Sendova, E. Flahaut, B. DeBono,  Raman spectroscopy of PbI2-filled double-walled carbon nanotubes,  J. Appl. Phys. 98, 104304 (2005).

M. Sendova, V. Zhelyaskov, M. Scalera, M. Ramsey, Micro-Raman spectroscopy study of pottery fragments from the Lapatsa tomb:  Cyprus  ca. 2500 B.C., J. of Raman Spectroscopy 36,  829 (2005).

M. Sendova-Vassileva, M. Sendova, A. Troutt, Laser modification of silver nanoclusters in SiO2 thin films, Appl. Phys. A 81, 871 (2005).

M. Sendova and K. Willis, Spiral and curved periodic crack patterns in sol-gel films, Appl.  Phys. A 76, 957, (2003).

M M. Whittaker, C. A Ekberg, J. Peterson, M. S. Sendova, E. P. Day, J. W. Whittaker, Spectroscopic and magnetochemical studies on the active site copper complex in galactose oxidase  J. of Molecular Catalysis B- Enzymatic 8, 3 (2000).

H. Hiraoka, St. Latsch, M. Sendova, and C-H. Lee, Effects and applications of pulsed UV-Laser irradiation on polymer surfaces, J. of Photochemistry  and Photobiology A92, 129 (1995).

H. Hiraoka,  M. Sendova, C.-H. Lee, Latsch, T.-M. Wong, J.Sung, C.-T. Smith, Pulsed UV laser applications for surface science: nanostructure fabrication to diamond deposition, in Laser Techniques for Surface Science II, Eds: Janice M. Hicks,  Wilson Ho,  Hai-Lung Dai, SPIE Proceedings 2547, 260 (1995).

H. Hiraoka, S. Latsch, and M. Sendova, Laser induced surface modifications: applications to nanostructure fabrication and deposition, Journal of Photopolymer Science and Technology 7, 299 (1994).

H. Hiraoka, M. Sendova, and C-H Lee, Sub-quarter micron periodic patterns with Nd:YAG laser and image transfer to silicon surface by R IE, Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 33,  7135 (1994).

M. Sendova, H, Hiraoka, Laser Induced Periodic Structures on Polymer Surfaces, Materials and Manufacturing Processes 9, 467 (1994).

H. Hiraoka, M. Sendova, Laser induced Sub-Half Micron Linear Periodic Structure on Polymer Surfaces, Appl. Phys. Lett. 64, 563 (1994).

M. Sendova, H. Hiraoka,  Sub-half-micron Periodic Structures on Polymer Surfaces with Polarized Laser Irradiation Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 32, 6182 (1993).

Edmund P. Day and M. S. Sendova  Saturation Magnetization of Metalloproteins In Research Frontiers in Magnetochemistry; Charles O’Conner Ed., World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., Singapore, 1993; 395.

E. P. Day, J. Peterson, M. Sendova, Jon Schoonover, Graham Palmer,   Magnetization of Fast and Slow Oxidized Cytochrome c Oxidase   Biochemistry 32, 7855 (1993).

E. P. Day, J. Peterson, M. Sendova, M. J. Todd and R. Hausinger,   Saturation Magnetization of Ureases from Klebsiella Aerogenases and Jack Bean: No Evidence for Exchange Coupling Between the Two Active Site Nickel Ions in the Native Enzyme   Inorganic Chemistry 32, 634 (1993).

M. Baleva  and M. Sendova, On the Energy Gap Temperature Coefficient in the Nonisoelectronic Solid Solutions of the Type A4B6 -A2B6  Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 29, 1437 (1990).

M. Sendova, M. Maksimov, and M. Gaskov,   Auger Electron Spectroscopy of Laser Deposited Pb1-xCdxSe Films   J. Mater. Sci. Lett. 7, 93 (1988).

M. Baleva, P. Gergova, and M. Sendova,   Photoconductivity of Laser Deposited Pb1-xCdxSe Films   Infrared Phys. 28, 389 (1988).

M. Baleva, M. Maksimov, and M. Sendova,   Infrared Absorption of Laser Deposited PbSe Films   J. Phys. C: Solid State Phys. 20, 941 (1987).

M. Baleva, M. Maksimov, and M. Sendova,   Energy Gap and Optical Dielectric Constant of Pb1-xCdxSe Films   Infrared Phys. 27, 389 (1987).

M. Sendova,   Laser Assisted Deposition of Lead Salt Films   J. Mater. Sci. Lett. 6, 285 (1987).

M. Baleva, M. Maksimov, S. Metev, and M. Sendova,   Laser Assisted Sputtering of Pb1-xCdxSe Films   J. Mater. Sci. Lett. 5, 533 (1986).

M. Baleva, M. Maksimov, and M. Sendova,   Optical and Electrical Properties of Laser Deposited Pb1-xCdxSe Films   J. Mater. Sci. Lett. 5, 537 (1986).

Abdula, M. Baleva, M. Maksimov, and M. Sendova,   Thermoreflectance Study: PbSe Energy Band Structure   J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 19, 177 (1986).