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Short Biography:

  • BSc in Chemistry, High Chemistry College with the Russian Academy of Science, 1998
  • MSc in Theoretical Chemistry, High Chemistry College with the Russian Academy of Science, 2000
  • PhD (Dr. rer. nat), University of Muenster, Germany, 2004
  • Postdoc with Dr. Michelle Coote, ANU, 2004-2006
  • Postdoc with Prof. Doug MacFarlane, Monash University, 2006-2007
  • Lecturer (Academic Level B), Monash University, 2007-2010
  • Senior Lecturer (Academic Level C) and ARC Future Fellow, Monash University, 2011-2015
  • Associate Professor (Academic Level D) at Monash University, since 2016

Research areas of interest:

  • Development and application of cost-effective computational chemistry methods for studying condensed systems from organic ionic materials to molecular crystals.
  • Prediction of thermodynamic and transport properties of condensed systems including melting points, lattice energies, conductivity and viscosity.
  • Understanding solvation mechanisms of metal salts in organic ionic materials
  • Development of solvation models for the prediction of solubility of organic and inorganic compounds in traditional molecular solvents and ionic materials.
  • Studies of kinetics and thermodynamics of chemical reactions, including radical polymerisation and CO2 chemical absorption, in ionic media.
  • Prediction of Redox Potentials of organic and inorganic compounds in ionic and traditional media.
  • Control of free-radical polymerisaiton in ionic media
  • Use of machine learning in drug design and prediciton of crystal structures
  • Coding of developed quantum chemical methods in a program for massively parallel computers

Supervision interests

  • Development of new computaitonal chemistry methods for studying condensed systems (liquids, moelcular solvents, electrolytes, ionic liquids, plastic crystals, molecular crystals);
  • Application of large-scale calcualtions to studying solvation effects, chemical reactivity & thermodyanmic stability.

Monash teaching commitment

  • CHM3911 Advanced Physical Chemistry Unit: Topics on Computational Chemistry and Thermodynamics
  • Honours Module in Computational Chemistry
  • Tutorials for CHM1011 and CHM2922

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

Research area keywords

  • Condensed Systems
  • Molecular Crystals
  • Quantum Chemistry
  • Wavefunction-based methods
  • Intermolecular interactions
  • Physicochemical properties
  • Lattice Energies
  • Solvation
  • Solubility
  • Redox Potentials
  • Kinetics of chemical reactions
  • Radical polymerisation
  • Ionic Materials
  • Ionic Liquids

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