Head of Laboratory, Computer Modeling of Electronic Structure of Solids
Yuri Zhukovskii graduated Latvian State University (Faculty of Physics and Mathematics) as physicist in 1975. In 1977, he began scientific career at Institute of Inorganic Chemistry (Academy of Sciences of Latvia, Salaspils). In 1993, he earned a Doctor’s degree in Chemistry from the Academy of Sciences of Latvia for a development of semi-empirical quantum chemistry methods for simulations on chemisorption of water molecules upon various aluminium surfaces. Beginning with 1995, he continued his scientific career at Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Latvia as Senior Researcher. In 1995-1997, he was a holder of two fellowships at Centre for International Mobility (CIMO), Helsinki University of Technology, Espoo (Finland) in position of visiting Fellow at Laboratory of Physics. In 1997-1999, he was a holder of two-year Senior Fellowship at Centre for Chemical Physics, University of Western Ontario, London (ON, Canada). In 2005-2009, he was a holder of five-year Fellowship for short-term visits (not more than four months annually), granted by National Science Foundation (USA), in position of visiting Fellow at Materials Research Scientific and Engineering Center (MRSEC) at Northwestern University, Evanston (IL, USA).
Beginning with 2006, he is an executive for “Materials Modeling” task in EUROATOM-Latvia Fusion Project, in collaboration with scientific group from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany). In 2008-2011, he was coordinator in charge for realization of Latvian partner team’s part of EC Framework 7 Project CATHERINE (Carbon nAnotube Technology for High-speed nExt-geneRation nanoInterconNEcts), in collaboration with 10 scientific groups from Italy, France, Netherlands, Sweden and Romania, as well as a member of Advisory Board for this Project. In 2008-2011, he was also participant of EC Framework 7 Project on Advanced Nuclear Fuels F-BRIDGE (Basic Research for Innovative Fuel Design for GEneration IV systems), in collaboration with scientific group from EC Transuranum Institute, Karlsruhe (Germany). In 2011-2014, he was coordinator in charge for realization of Latvian partner team’s part of FP 7 Marie Curie CACOMEL Project (Nano-carbon based components and materials for high frequency electronics), in collaboration with five scientific groups from Germany, Italy, Finland, Russia and Belarus’.
Since 2012 he is a Head of Laboratory of Computer Modeling of Electronic Structure of Solids. His research interests are focused on the physics and chemistry of crystalline solids, surface science, adsorption and surface reactivity, physics and chemistry of nanostructures, quantum chemistry and computational materials science. His publication list contains over 150 papers in refereed journals, including one review paper and four chapters in scientific books (h-index = 20).
Details of his research can be found at www1.cfi.lu.lv/teor