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Leonid V. Zhigilei

Ph.D.Tomsk State University and St.-Petersburg State University, Russia, 1991
M.S. St.-Petersburg Technical University, Russia, 1987

Department of Materials Science & Engineering
University of Virginia
PO Box 400745
395 McCormick Road
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4745
Office: Wilsdorf Hall Room 303D
p: 434- 243-3582
f: 434- 982-5660


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Major Professional Experience


2000 - present: University of Virginia, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, Assistant Professor (2000-2005), Associate Professor (2005 - 2010), Professor (since 2010)

Summer 1999: Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute, Advanced Science Research Center, Research work under the Foreign Researcher Inviting Program of JAERI

1995 - 2000: The Pennsylvania State University, Department of Chemistry Postdoctoral researcher

1991 - 1995: High Technology Ltd., St. Petersburg, Russia and Delanta Ltd., Vilnius, Lithuania, Research staff member


Research Interests


computational materials science, development of multiple length and time-scale computational methods for materials modeling, theoretical and numerical analysis of the dynamic non-equilibrium processes in materials undergoing processing by short laser pulses, investigation of the microscopic mechanisms of phase transformations, properties of nanostructured and non-crystalline materials.


Selected Awards & Honors


NSF Career Award, 2004

ASMS Research Award for the year 2002


Selected Publications


A. N. Volkov and L. V. Zhigilei, Scaling laws and mesoscopic modeling of thermal conductivity in carbon nanotube materials, Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 215902, 2010.

R. Knochenmuss and L. V. Zhigilei, Molecular dynamics simulations of MALDI: Laser fluence and pulse width dependence of plume characteristics and consequences for matrix and analyte ionization, J. Mass Spectrom. 45, 333-346, 2010.

D. S. Ivanov, Z. Lin, B. Rethfeld, G. M. O'Connor, Th. J. Glynn, and L. V. Zhigilei, Nanocrystalline structure of nanobump generated by localized photo-excitation of metal film, J. Appl. Phys. 107, 013519, 2010.

Z. Lin, E. M. Bringa, E. Leveugle, and L. V. Zhigilei, Molecular dynamics simulation of laser melting of nanocrystalline Au, J. Phys. Chem. C 114, 5686-5699, 2010.

L. V. Zhigilei, Z. Lin, D. S. Ivanov, E. Leveugle, W. H. Duff, D. Thomas, C. Sevilla, and S. J. Guy, Atomic/molecular-level simulations of laser-materials interactions, Chapter 3 in Laser-Surface Interactions for New Materials Production: Tailoring Structure and Properties, Springer Series in Materials Science, Vol. 130, Edited by A. Miotello and P. M. Ossi (Springer Verlag: New York, 2010), pp. 43-79. Link to Paper

L. V. Zhigilei, E. Leveugle, D. S. Ivanov, Z. Lin, and A. N. Volkov, Molecular dynamics simulations of short pulse laser ablation: Mechanisms of material ejection and particle generation, Chapter 7 in Synthesis of Nanoscale Material by Action of High-Power Energy Fluxes on Matter (Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences: Novosibirsk, 2010), pp. 147-220, in Russian. Link to Paper

A. N. Volkov and L. V. Zhigilei, Mesoscopic interaction potential for carbon nanotubes of arbitrary length and orientation, J. Phys. Chem. C 114, 5513-5531, 2010.

A. M. Dongare, M. Neurock, and L. V. Zhigilei, Angular-dependent embedded atom method potential for atomistic simulations of metal-covalent systems, Phys. Rev. B 80, 184106, 2009.

L. V. Zhigilei, Z. Lin, and D. S. Ivanov, Atomistic modeling of short pulse laser ablation of metals: Connections between melting, spallation, and phase explosion, J. Phys. Chem. C 113, 11892-11906, 2009.




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