Physical Chemistry

Team Leaders


Alexey I. Viktorov

Doctor of chemical Sciences, Professor, Head of Department of Physical Chemistry

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Rresearch areas:
- Phase behavior and thermodynamic properties of fluid systems
- Self-organization in nanostructured fluid systems, "soft" matter
- Ionic liquids,
- Computer Simulation


Konstantin N. Mikhelson

Doctor of chemical Sciences, Professor

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Rresearch areas:

- Ion-selective electrodes with membranes of organic materials
- Interparticle interaction in-membranes
- The charge transfer across the border membrane/solution
- Computer simulation of membrane potential
- Spectroscopy of interactions metal-adsorbate-ion


Vladimir G. Konakov

Doctor of chemical Sciences, Professor

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Rresearch areas:

- Synthesis and study of inorganic ion exchange materials
- Research of products of coal burning 
- Enterosorbents


Andrey A. Kiprianov

Ph.D., Associated Professor

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Rresearch areas:

- Ion-selective glass electrodes
- Development of formulations of glass electrode
- Electrochemical processes at the border glass/solution

Selected Publication

We combine experiment, theory and computer simulation to understand, correlate and predict structural and macroscopic behavior of a wide variety of systems of different chemical nature. Our research is focused on gaining new fundamental knowledge and on the search for practical solutions in applications where such knowledge may help. Studies of soft mesoscopic systems and development of new chemical sensors are rapidly growing fields of research. Current studies include:

Aggregation of ionic liquids and of classical surfactants in aqueous, aqueous-organic and non-aqueous media. Structure and thermodynamic properties of polymer gels and membranes. Molecular theory of liquid crystals. Structure of ionic fluids from the integral equation theory. Computer simulation of complex fluids by MD and MC methods. Structure, stability and optical characteristics of carbon nanotube dispersions. Phase behavior of biofuel-related mixtures. Ionophore-based chemical sensors. Development and application of ion-selective electrodes with ionophore-containing membranes. Electrochemical properties of these membranes. Ionophore-based optical sensors: optodes. Surface-enhanced Raman scattering in systems containing spectrally-active species and an ionophore fragments. Electrochemical properties and selectivity of porphyrin-based membranes. Synthesis of inorganic ion-exchange materials and sorbents. Sorption properties of raw materials and industrial waste. Nano-ceramics: thermal evolution of precursors and development of high-temperature ceramic sensors. Electrode glass: development of new glassy materials and their application in potentiometric sensors. Selectivity mechanisms of glass membranes.

Part of the Chair of Physical Chemistry are 5 laboratories

  • Physical Chemistry of Complex Fluids
  • Electrolyte Solutions
  • Glass Electrochemistry
  • Ion-exchange
  • Ionometry

Part of our research has been conducted in collaboration with other universities worldwide (UC, Berkeley; Manchester university; TU Delft; a number of universities in Germany – TU Berlin, Hamburg-Harburg, Kaiserslautern, Dortmund, Oldenburg and other). Quite a number of our graduates were employed by industry (BAYER, BASF, Linde, etc.) and by universities in Europe and USA; our former PhD-students performed their postdoctoral projects at Standford, Berkeley, Urbana-Champaign and other leading universities.

The Department offers two educational programs for the degree of Master of Science in Chemistry

  1. Thermodynamics, Structure and Phase Behavior of Complex Fluids
  2. Physical Chemistry of Electrolytes, Ion- and Electron-Exchange Systems