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Dr. Aleksandr Chernatynskiy

Associate Professor




Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Physics

Research Interests:

Computational Materials Science, Mechanical and Transport Properties of Materials, in particular Thermal Conductivity, Materials in Extreme Environments, including Nuclear Materials and Materials in Planetary Environments, Ab-initio Simulations Techniques, Molecular Dynamics Simulations, Uncertainty Quantification.



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  • 2005: PhD in Physical Chemistry: University Of Louisville, KY
  • 2001: MS in Physics: University Of Louisville, KY

Selected Publications

  • A. Chernatynskiy and S. R. Phillpot, “Anharmonic properties in Mg2X (X=C, Si, Ge, Sn, Pb) from first-principles calculations,” Phys. Rev. B, 92, 064303 (2015)
  • J. W.L. Pang, W. J.L. Buyers, A. Chernatynskiy, M. D. Lumsden, B. C. Larson and Simon R. Phillpot, “Phonon Lifetime Limited Thermal Conductivity of UO2 by Neutron Scattering and Theory,” Phys. Rev. Lett., 110, 157401 (2013)
  • A. Chernatynskiy, S. R. Phillpot and R. A. LeSar, “Uncertainty Quantification in Multiscale Simulation of Materials: A Prospective,” Ann. Rev. Mater. Res., 43, 157 (2013)
  • B. Deng, A. Chernatynskiy, P. Shukla, S. Sinnott and S. R. Phillpot, “Effects of Edge Dislocations on the Thermal Conductivity of UO2,”  J. Nucl. Mater., 434, 203 (2013)
  • A. Chernatynskiy and S.R. Phillpot, “Evaluation of Computational Techniques for Solving the Boltzmann Transport Equation for Lattice Thermal Conductivity Calculations,” Phys. Rev. B, 82, 134301 (2010)


  • Engineering Physics I Recitation (Physics 1135)
  • Physical Mechanics (Physics 3201)
  • Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (Physics 4301)