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Leonid V. Zhigilei

Professor
Academic Advisor
Unit: School of Engineering and Applied Science
Department: Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Office location and address
Wilsdorf Hall, Room 303D
395 McCormick Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
B.S. ​St. Petersburg State Technical University, Russia, 1987
Ph.D. St. Petersburg State University and Tomsk State University, Russia, 1991
Post-Doc ​Pennsylvania State University, 1995-2000
Biography

Leonid Zhigilei is a professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Virginia. He studied materials science at Leningrad Polytechnic Institute and did his PhD dissertation work at Tomsk State University and St. Petersburg State University, Russia. Before joining the faculty of the University of Virginia, he was a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Chemistry at the Pennsylvania State University. His research interests include multiscale modeling of materials behavior far from equilibrium, mechanisms of phase transformations, nanomaterials, and surface processes.

Collaborative Research: Microscopic mechanisms and kinetics of laser-induced phase explosion
Source: U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)
September 01, 2021 – August 31, 2024
Prediction and Control of Atomic Ordering in Electrodeposited Binary Alloy Films: Direct Synthesis of L10 Magnetic Phases
Source: U.S. Department Of Energy - Chicago
September 01, 2018 – August 31, 2022
Atomistic Modeling of the Generation of Metastable Nanoparticles and Surface Structures in Pulsed Laser Ablation in Liquids
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate For Engineering
August 01, 2017 – July 31, 2022
Microstructural Modeling for High Deformation Aluminum Alloys_Urig
Source: National Institute of Aerospace Associates, Inc.
January 01, 2020 – March 31, 2022
EN-MSE Multiscale Modeling of Laser-Induced Surface Nanostructuring of Metals
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate Math. & Physical Sciences
December 15, 2016 – November 30, 2021
Collaborative Research: Ultrafast Laser-Driven Phase Transitions in Nanoparticles near their Melting
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate Math. & Physical Sciences
August 01, 2017 – July 31, 2021
EN-MSE-Atomistic simulations of acoustic activation of surface processes
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate For Engineering
May 01, 2016 – April 30, 2021
Predictive Tools Development for Low Cost Carbon Fiber
Source: U.S. Department of Energy
October 01, 2017 – March 31, 2021
EN-MSE Computation Design of Carbon Nanotube Network Materials and Polymer Matrix Nanocomposites
Source: U.S. Nasa - Goddard
January 28, 2016 – January 27, 2020
EN-EE Laser Processing Method to Reduce Solar Cell Manufacturing Cost and Enhancement of Performance
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate For Engineering
September 01, 2014 – August 31, 2019
Continuation of Short Pulse Laser Study
Source: UT-Battelle, LLC
September 11, 2018 – October 31, 2018
Computational study of short pulse laser induced generation of crystal defects in Ni-based single-phase alloys
Source: UT-Battelle, LLC
June 17, 2016 – August 31, 2017
EN-MSE Collaborative Research, RUI: Mechanisms of nanoparticle generation by laser ablation of thin films in liquids
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate For Engineering
June 01, 2013 – May 31, 2017
Merging Hyperspectral Imagery and Multi-Scale Modeling for Laser Lethality
Source: U.S. DOD - Air Force - Afosr
September 15, 2010 – November 14, 2015
EN-MSE Augmenting CVD Processing by Inclusion of Energy Department from Optically-Generated Surfacer Acoustic Waves: A Combined Computational & Experimental Investigation
Source: The Aerospace Corporation
August 10, 2013 – May 31, 2015
EN-MSE Computational Study of the Generation of Crystal Defects and Controlled Modification of Surface Microstructure by Short Pulse Laser Irradiation
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate Math. & Physical Sciences
October 01, 2009 – September 30, 2014
Computational Study of Thermal Transport in Carbon Nanotube Based Nanocomposites
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate For Engineering
October 01, 2010 – September 30, 2014
Computational and Experimental Study of the Enhancement of surface Diffusion by Laser Ultrasonic Excitation
Source: U.S. Dod - Navy - SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic
July 30, 2012 – May 30, 2014
Short Pulse Laser Interaction with a Metal Target Covered by an Optically Transparent Film
Source: Electro Scientific Industries, Inc.
January 14, 2013 – January 13, 2014
Scaling Laws and Mesoscopic Modeling of Heat Transfer
Source: U.S. DOD - Air Force - Afosr
September 30, 2010 – September 30, 2013
ENGR 1620: Introduction to Engineering
Credits: 3
ENGR 1620 is a cornerstone course for first year engineering students. They are introduced to the philosophy and practice of engineering through hands-on experience in developing solutions for various open-ended, realistic challenges while considering the various contexts in which these challenges occur. Students will also learn about the majors SEAS offers and receive advisement about careers, plans of study, and major declaration. Prerequisite: First year enrollment in SEAS; exceptions are by instructor permission.
MSE 3050: Thermodynamics and Phase Equilibria of Materials
Credits: 3
The course includes (1) an overview of classical thermodynamics necessary for understanding the conditions for phase equilibria, phase stability and phase transformations in one-component and multi-component systems, (2) application of thermodynamic concepts to phase diagrams and construction of phase diagrams from thermodynamic data, (3) discussion of the thermodynamics of interfaces and the role the interfaces play in phase transformations. Prerequisite: MSE 2090 or instructor permission.
MSE 4270: Introduction to Atomistic Simulations
Credits: 3
Introduction to several classical atomic-level simulation techniques (molecular dynamics, Metropolis and kinetic Monte Carlo). The basic concepts, capabilities and limitations of the methods are discussed, an overview of the current state-of-the-art is provided, and examples of recent success stories are considered. The emphasis of the course is on getting practical experience in designing and performing computer simulations.
MSE 4960: Special Project in Materials Science and Engineering
Credits: 1–6
A fourth year project in MSE, under the supervision of a faculty member, is designed to give undergraduate students an application of principles learned in the classroom. The work may be experimental or computational, and the student is expected to become proficient in techniques used to process, characterize, or model materials. The project should make use of design principles in the solution of a problem. Six hours in lab per week, notebook. Prerequisite: 4th year standing and prior approval by a faculty member who is project supervisor.
MSE 6270: Introduction to Atomistic Simulations
Credits: 3
Introduction to several classical atomic-level simulation techniques (molecular dynamics, Metropolis and kinetic Monte Carlo). The basic concepts, capabilities and limitations of the methods are discussed, an overview of the current state-of-the-art is provided, and examples of recent success stories are considered. The emphasis of the course is on getting practical experience in designing and performing computer simulations.
EP 7000: Graduate Seminar
Credits: 1
Weekly seminars for graduate students in Engineering Physics offered every semester. All resident EP graduate students enroll each semester.
MSE 7820: Materials Science Seminar
Credits: 1
Broad topics and in-depth subject treatments are presented. The course is related to research areas in materials science and involves active student participation.
MSE 8999: Masters Degree Research
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to master's thesis research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. May be repeated as necessary.
PHYS 8999: Master Thesis Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For master's thesis, taken under the supervision of a thesis director.
EP 8999: Master's Degree Research
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to master's thesis research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. May be repeated as necessary.
MSE 9970: Graduate Teaching Instruction-Ph.D.
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral students.
PHYS 9998: Pre-Qual Preparation for Doctoral Research
Credits: 1–12
For students who have not passed the Qualifying exam for doctoral research, taken before a dissertation director has been selected.
EP 9999: Ph.D. Dissertation Research
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of commitment to doctoral research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. May be repeated as necessary.
MSE 9999: PHD Dissertation Research
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to doctoral research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. May be repeated as necessary.
PHYS 9999: PhD Thesis Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.

The National Science Foundation CAREER award 2004

The American Society for Mass Spectrometry Research Award for the year 2002