CURRICULUM VITAE ET STUDIORUM

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   Name & Surname: Alexei Kuzmin (in English), Алексей Кузьмин (in Russian),
                                Aleksejs Kuzmins (in Latvian)
   Degree: Dr.phys.
   Academic Title: Full Member of the Latvian Academy of Sciences
   Hirsch index (Web of Science): h=28
   Place and date of birth: Riga (Latvia), August 12, 1968
   Marital status: Married, two daughters
   Place of work: Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Latvia
   Present position: Head of the Laboratory
   Address: Kengaraga street 8, LV-1063 Riga, Latvia
   Phone: (+371) 67251691
   FAX: (+371) 67132778
   E-mail: a.kuzmin@cfi.lu.lv
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EDUCATION

1985-90
studied at the Physics Department of the University of Latvia
1990
graduated with honors from the University of Latvia, M.Sc. degree in Physics. Thesis title: "X-Ray Absorption Fine Structure (EXAFS) and X-Ray Absorption Near Edge Structure (XANES) in Tungsten Oxides and Barium-Tungsten-Phosphate Glasses".
1992
Ph.D. degree in Physics from the University of Latvia. Thesis title: "Study of 4d and 5d Transition Metals Oxide Compounds by X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XAS)"
02.1993-04.1993
attended the Higher European Research Course for Users of Large Experimental Systems "HERCULES-1993"


ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

1986-89
Engineer and Research Associate, Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Latvia
1990-92
Junior Researcher, Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Latvia
1993-2001
Researcher, Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Latvia
2001-present
Leading Researcher, Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Latvia
2017-present
R&D Council Member, Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Latvia
2017-present
Head of Materials Morphology and Structure Investigations (MMoSt) Laboratory, Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Latvia


RESEARCH PROJECTS

  1. Participating in the EC FP5 Project (2001-2004) on "In-situ X-ray Absorption Study of Transition Metal Oxides" within the framework of the Excellence Centre of Advanced Material Research and Technology (CAMART) at the Institute of Solid State Physics (Head: J. Purans).
  2. Head of the Latvian Government Grant (2001-2004) "Reconstruction of Nanocrystals Structure from X-ray Absorption Spectra using Ab Initio Theoretical Methods".
  3. Participating in the Latvian Government Grant (2001-2004) "The Magnetic Ions Exchange Interaction in the Antiferromagnetic Oxides", (Head: N. Mironova-Ulmane).
  4. Head of the EC FP5 TARI Project (2001-2004) "Magnons in diluted antiferromagnetic materials (MIDAM)" at LNF INFN, Italy.
  5. Head of the EC FP6 TARI Project (2004-2005) "Effect of dilution on infra-red absorption in antiferromagnetic materials (EDAAM)" at LNF INFN, Italy.
  6. Participating in the NATO SCIENCE PROGRAMME - collaborative linkage grant (2004-2005) "Stable Gadolinium Complexes with fast water exchange for MRI Agents", University of California, Berkeley (Head: K. N. Raymond) and ISSP, Riga (Head: J. Purans).
  7. Participating in the European COST Action D18 (1999-2006) "Lanthanide Chemistry for Diagnosis and Therapy", (Head: J. Purans).
  8. Participating in the EC FP6 Specific Targeted Research Project (2004-2007) on "Nano-scale chemical mapping and surface structural modification by joined use of X-ray microbeams and tip assisted local detection (X-TIP)" (Head: F. Comin).
  9. Head of the Latvian Government Grant (2005-2008) "Advanced Spectroscopic Approach to the Study of Nanomaterials Structure".
  10. "Advanced Functional Materials for Microelectronics, Nanoelectronics, Photonics, Biomedicine and Composite Materials, and related Technology Development", Latvian National Research Programme in Materials Science (2005-2009) (Coordinator: M.Springis, Responsible: A. Kuzmin).
  11. Head of the Latvian Government Grant (2009) "Study of Local Dynamics and Structure in Nano-Oxide Materials".
  12. Participating in MNT ERA-NET Matera Project "Functional materials for resistive switching memories" (FMRSM), (2009-2012) (Head: R. Dittmann, Responsible: J. Purans ).
  13. Participating in the Latvian Government Grant "Structure of nano-oxide materials and self-organization in stochastic media" (2010-2012) (Head: J. Purans).
  14. Principal Investigator in the ESF project (2009-2012) "Nanomaterials for perspective energy effective solutions" (No. 2009/0202/1DP/1.1.1.2.0/09/APIA/VIAA/141).
  15. Participating in "Nano-structured test samples for a combined near-field and X-ray microscopy", "OSMOSE" project within the bilateral collaboration programme between France and Latvia (2012-2013) (Heads: J. Purans and D. Pailharey).
  16. "Development of novel multifunctional materials, signal processing and information technologies for competitive knowledge-based products" (IMIS), Project No.1: Multifunctional materials, Latvian National Research Programme in Materials Science (2010-2013) (Coordinator: M.Springis, Responsible: A. Kuzmin).
  17. Participating in "Experimental validation of models", EURATOM WP13-MAT-IREMEV-05-01, 2013 (Head: J. Purans).
  18. Participating in "Production and characterization of laboratory-scale batches of nano-structured ODSFS", EURATOM WP13-MAT-ODSFS-01-01, 2013 (Head: J. Purans).
  19. Head of Latvian Science Council Grant no.187/2012 "Local structure determination in functional materials from x-ray absorption spectra", 2013-2016.
  20. Head of ESF Project "Innovative materials for transparent electronics and photonics", No. 2013/0015/1DP/1.1.1.2.0/13/APIA/VIAA/010, 2013-2015.
  21. "Multifunctional materials and composites, photonics and nanotechnology" (IMIS2), Latvian National Research Programme in Materials Science (2014-2017) (Responsible: A.Kuzmin).
  22. Participating in EUROfusion Enabling Research Project (CfP-WP15-ENR-01/UL-01) "When and how ODS particles are formed? - X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy and ab initio modelling of ODS steels" (2015-2017) (Head: J. Purans).
  23. Participating in the project Excellence Centre of Advanced MAterial Research and Technology Transfer CAMART2 (2017-2023) (Head: M. Rutkis).


TEACHING ACTIVITIES

  1. Course "Structure and Description of Nanomaterials" at the University of Latvia (Course: Fizi5028).
  2. Course "Structure of Solids" at the University of Latvia (Course: Fizi7009).
  3. Course "Structural Methods in Solid State Analysis" at the University of Latvia (Course: Fizi5344).
  4. Course "Introduction to Cluster Computing" at the University of Latvia (Course: DatZ3024).


PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES, FELLOWSHIPS

1991-1992
Visiting Scientist, Physics Dept., University of Trento, Italy
05.92
Visiting Scientist, Physics Dept., Rostock University, Germany
06.92-07.92
Visiting Scientist, INFN, LNF, Frascati, Italy
1993-2010
Visiting Scientist, CNR-ITC, CeFSA, Trento, Italy
1993
"Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei" Fellowship at the University of Trento, Italy
1995
NATO Guest Fellowship, CNR-ITC, CeFSA, Trento, Italy
1999
Visiting Scientist, JINR, Dubna, Russia
2001-2006
Visiting Scientist, GPEC, University of Marseille (Aix-Marseille II), EGIDE Fellowship
2008-2011
Member of the Programme Advisory Committee for Condensed Matter Physics at Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (Dubna, Russia)
2012-...
Member of the Expert Committee at Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (Dubna, Russia)
2016-...
Member of the Expert commission on Science and Mathematics of the Latvian Science Council


AWARDS AND INVITED TALKS

1996
Academia Europaea Baltic Prize.
1999
Invited talk at Symposium Scientia Europaea N4, Bischoffsheim, France.
2001
Invited talk at International Workshop on "Extended X-ray Absorption Fine Structure Analysis", Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Science, Warshaw, Poland.
2005
Corresponding Member, Latvian Academy of Sciences.
2006
Included in Latvian Science’s Top 10 Achievements for the work “Development of a new high capacity optical storage based on thin film tungstate multilayers”.
2007
Invited lecture on “Confocal spectro-microscopy and its applications” at doctorate school at Politecnico di Milano, December 4, 2007, Milano, Italy.
2007
Invited talk at National Research Centre "Kurchatov Institute", June 26, Moscow, Russia. “Recent advances in experimental and data analysis in X-ray absorption spectroscopy”.
2009
Invited talk at University of Verona, November 13, 2009, Verona, Italy “An integrated approach to the study of local structure, electronic and phonon properties of oxide materials”.
2009
Included in Latvian Science’s Top 10 Achievements for the work “A novel approach to the simulation of x-ray absorption spectra based on the combination of quantum chemistry and classical molecular dynamics methods”.
2010
Invited talk at HERCULES XX symposium, March 25-26, Grenoble, France.
2013
Included in Latvian Science’s Top 10 Achievements for the work “Investigation of resistive switching mechanism in functional materials for terabit memory applications”.
2014
Included in Latvian Science’s Top 10 Achievements for the work “Development and application of the new method based on evolutionary algorithm to study local structure and thermal disorder in crystalline and nanocrystalline materials by x-ray absorption spectroscopy”.
2016
Full Member, Latvian Academy of Sciences.
2016
Latvian Academy of Science Presidential Award for science achievements.
2017
Invited lecture at the course on “Data Analysis and Modeling of XANES and EXAFS Spectra: Applications to Nanomaterials”, November 1-3, 2017, Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA.


ORGANIZATION OF WORKSHOPS/CONFERENCES/SCHOOLS

2008
Workshop "Synchrotron Radiation Day", Riga, Latvia, May 16, 2008.
2012
First Baltic School on Application of Neutron and Synchrotron Radiation in Solid State Physics and Material Science (BSANS-2012), Riga, Latvia, October 1-4, 2012.
2014
Micro-Symposium MS-64 "EXAFS analysis at the nanoscale and in highly disordered materials" co-chair at the International Union of Crystallography Congress, Montreal, Canada, August 5-14, 2014.
2015
Workshop "Nanomaterials characterisation and synthesis" within the framework of EuroNanoForum-2015, Riga, Latvia, June 9, 2015.


MEMBERSHIP



PROFESSIONAL INTERESTS

My current research interests are concerned with a development of new methods for the analysis of x-ray absorption spectra using Molecular Dynamics simulations, Quantum Chemistry calculations and Reverse Monte Carlo technique.

I am the author of the original x-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) data analysis software package "EDA" and the original approximated method for performing the MS calculations of XAFS. In 2002 I have designed and constructed a high-performance computing cluster LASC, at the Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Latvia, whish was rated at the 184 place in ClustersTop500 in May 2003. The LASC cluster is currently used for parallel quantum chemical calculations and simulations of x-ray absorption spectra of nanoparticles, molecules and crystals.

My scientific interests in the fields of physics and materials science are concerned with oxide compounds containing transition metal and rare-earth ions (crystals, nanomaterials, amorphous and crystalline thin films, glasses, solutions). Currently, I participate in the national and international research projects on multifunctional materials for smart windows, solar cells, transparent conducting coatings, sensors, phosphours and photocatalysts. The complex investigations of physical and chemical properties of above mentioned materials require the use of different experimental and theoretical techniques. In particular, I have expertise in conducting studies using synchrotron x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS), confocal spectromicroscopy (Raman and luminescence), atomic force microscopy, optical absorption/luminescence spectroscopy and x-ray diffraction.

Currently I work as an Editor of the Latvian Journal of Physics and Technical Sciences (from 2016) and as a referee in a number of international journals published by IOP, Elsevier, American Physical Society (APS), American Chemical Society (APS), Springer and Wiley publishing houses. I am also an expert of the Latvian Science Council (from 2006).

I has been a Scientific Advisor of

  • Jurij Terentjev, "X-ray absorption spectroscopy study of the short-range order and the local electronic structure in phosphate glasses containing MoO3 and WO3", B.Sc. Thesis, Latvian University, Riga, 1995.
  • Dmitrijs Bocharovs, "Quantum chemical interpretation of x-ray absorption spectra", B.Sc. Thesis, Latvian University, Riga, 2004.
  • Nikolajs Lashkovs, "X-ray absorption spectroscopy study of local atomic structure in oxide materials. In-situ study of dehydration process of tungsten trioxide hydrate WO3.H2O", B.Sc. Thesis, Latvian University, Riga, 2005.
  • Dmitrijs Bocharovs, "Quantum chemical interpretation of x-ray absorption spectra in perovskite-type compounds", M.Sc. Thesis, Latvian University, Riga, 2006.
  • Janis Timoshenko, "Application of wavelet transform to EXAFS spectra analysis", B.Sc. Thesis, Latvian University, Riga, 2008.
  • Pavels Nazarovs, "Raman spectroscopy of ZnWO4-NiWO4 system", B.Sc. Thesis, Latvian University, Riga, 2008.
  • Alberts Nurgalejevs, "X-ray absorption spectra data analysis using NVIDIA CUDA parallel computing technology", M.Sc. Thesis, Latvian University, Riga, 2009.
  • Janis Timoshenko, "Lattice dynamics in crystalline germanium: isotopic effect", M.Sc. Thesis, Latvian University, Riga, 2010.
  • Julija Gaidelene, "X-ray absorption spectroscopy studies of hydrogen intercalation into rhenium trioxide", B.Sc. Thesis, Latvian University, Riga, 2011.
  • Aleksandr Kalinko, "Interpretation of x-ray absorption spectra using molecular dynamics simulations", Ph.D. Thesis, Latvian University, Riga, 2012.
  • Andris Anspoks, "Studies of local structure relaxation in nanomaterials", Ph.D. Thesis, Latvian University, Riga, 2014.
  • Janis Timoshenko, "Reverse Monte Carlo modelling of structural and thermal disorder in crystalline materials", Ph.D. Thesis, Latvian University, Riga, 2015.
  • Karlis Lazdins, "Application of molecular dynamics method to the interpretation of Y2O3 and FeF3 x-ray absorption spectra ", B.Sc. Thesis, Latvian University, Riga, 2015.
  • Inga Jonane, "Study of nanocrystalline yttrium oxide local structure", M.Sc. Thesis, Latvian University, Riga, 2017.

Supervisor of the following awarded works:

  • 2013 - Dr.phys. Aleksandr Kalinko, Ludvigs and Maris Jansons Prize for the best work in physics awarded by Latvian Academy of Sciences.
  • 2015 - Dr.phys. Janis Timoshenko, Ludvigs and Maris Jansons Prize for the best work in physics awarded by Latvian Academy of Sciences.

I am the author and co-author of more than 200 publications in scientific journals.