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The faculty permanently extends the contacts with many overseas universities. The graduator of 1991 Artem R. Oganov who completed his PhD degree in University of London and now works as a leader of the group in ETH (Zurich) was recently nominated by the Faculty Scientific Council as an adjunct Professor.

Prof. Dr. Artem R. Oganov

1) Senior Research Scientist and Lecturer
Laboratory of Crystallography, Department of Materials
ETH Zurich, Wolfgang-Pauli-Strasse 10 (HCI G 515)
CH-8093 Zurich, Switzerland.
Tel.: +41-(0)44-632-3752; Fax: +41-(0)44-632-1133. Web-page:

2) Adjunct Professor, Geology Department, Moscow State University, Moscow 119899, Russia.

Born 3 March 1975 in Moscow, Russia.


  • 2002: PhD in Crystallography, University College London. Thesis 'Computer Simulation Studies of Minerals'.
  • 1997: MSc in Crystallography (Moscow State University) with top honours.


  • High-pressure mineral physics and crystallography.
  • Earth’s and planetary interiors.
  • Development and application of ab initio simulation methods: crystal structure prediction, thermodynamics and phase diagrams, rheological properties, solid solutions and chemical bonding under high pressure.


  • 109 publications (42 papers and book chapters, 65 abstracts, and 2 scientific highlights), including top-impact journals (Nature, PNAS, PRL, PRB, J. Chem. Phys., etc.). 10 keynote/plenary, 48 invited, 12 contributed talks.


  • 2006- : Adjunct Professor, Geology Department, Moscow State University
  • 2005 : Visiting Professor, University of Milan (Italy). Offered Professorship at Princeton University (USA), declined.
  • 2003- : Senior Research Scientist and Lecturer, ETH Zurich. Group leader.
  • 2002-2003 : Research Fellow, University College London
  • 1999-2002 : British Government PhD scholar (by competition), University College London
  • 1998-1999 : Russian President’s Research Scholar (by competition), University College London
  • 1993-1995 : External scientific collaborator, Russian Chemical Abstracts (VINITI)



  • 2004: European High-Pressure Research Group Award
  • 2003: Young Scientist Award of the European Union of Geosciences
  • 2002: President's Award of the Geological Society of London
  • 1999-2002: Bristish Government Scholarship
  • 1999-2002: University College London Graduate School Scholarship
  • 1998-1999: Russian President Scholarship
  • 1995-1999: 5 consecutive Soros Foundation scholarships
  • 1995-1997: Lomonosov, Vinogradov, and twice Shubnikov scholar
  • 1993-1997: 5 awards from student scientific conferences


University teaching:

  • 2005: Special course "High-pressure mineral physics", University of Milano
  • 2004-: lecturer, 2nd year undergraduate course "Mineralogical Crystallography", ETH Zurich
  • Lecturer at Summer Schools: Nancy (2005), Heidelberg (2005), Erice (2003), Gargnano (2003), Budapest (2002)
Postdoc supervision:
  • Y.-M. Ma (2006-2008, to start in June 2006)
PhD student supervision:
  • D.J. Adams (2004-2007)
  • F. Zhang (2005-2008)
  • C.W. Glass (2006-2009)
  • D.Y. Jung (2004-2007, co-supervision with Prof. M.W. Schmidt)
  • K. Hassdenteufel (2004-2006, co-supervision with Prof. W. Steurer)
Diploma student supervision:
  • C.W. Glass (2005-2006)
  • D.Y. Jung (2003-2004)
  • A.V. Gutina (1997-1998)
PhD examiner:
  • D. Sihachakr (University of Paris XI, 22 April 2005, CEA-Saclay, France)


Applicants Project title Source Amount Duration
Submitted applications (totaling 153’000 CHF)
W. Steurer, A.R.Oganov "Design of Pentagonal and Heptagonal Boron-based Quasicrystals" ETH Zurich Research Commission 153’000 2006-2009
Competitively secured funds (totaling 760’663 CHF)
A.R. Oganov "Development and Application of Evolutionary Algorithms for Crystal Structure Prediction" Swiss National Science Foundation 309’355 2006-2009
F.Deschamps, P.J. Tackley, A.R. Oganov "The Role of Post-perovskite Phase Transition in the Mantle Dynamics" Swiss National Science Foundation 139’172 2006-2009
A.R. Oganov, W. Steurer "Mineral Physics of Earth’s D" layer" ETH Zurich Research Commission 138’000 2005-2008
A.R. Oganov, W. Steurer "High-Pressure Physics of Mantle-Forming Minerals" ETH Zurich Research Commission 143’336 2004-2007
A.R.Oganov, M.C.Warren, B.Winkler Workshop "First-Principles Simulations: Perspectives and Challenges in Mineral Sciences" Psi-k, CECAM, DGK 31’000 2004
Non-competitively secured funds (totaling 250’000 CHF)
A.R. Oganov "Computing facilities for mineral physics" Laboratory of Crystallography 250’000 2004-2006
Large facilities (non-monetary grants)
A.R. Oganov "Computational mineral physics and crystallography" Centro Svizzero di Calcolo Scientifico CPU hours per year:
360’000 (CRAY XT3)
24’000 (IBM SP4)
From 2003-

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