Laboratory of Kinetics in Self-Organizing Systems is one of the leading labs in the field of theoretical material science in Eastern Europe publishing annually about 25 scientific papers and presenting 50 conference theses. We develop and apply new methodology for novel material simulations for energy applications.

Research topics:

  1. Kinetics of bimolecular reactions and self-organization in condensed matter.
  2. Studies of prospective radiation resistant functional materials for fusion reactors.
Scientific degree Name Surname Position Phone number E-mail
Dr.habil.phys. Vladimir Kuzovkov Head of laboratory; Senior researcher 27134915
Dr. phys. Olgerts Dumbrajs Senior researcher 26359386
Dr.rer.nat. Denis Gryaznov Senior researcher 27434516
Dr.phys. Eriks Klotins Senior researcher 67187866
Dr.habil.phys. Eugene Kotomin Senior researcher 67187480
Dr.phys. Anatoli Popov Senior researcher 67187480
Dr.rer.nat. Guntars Zvejnieks Senior researcher 29821830
Dr.chem. Vera Serga Researcher
Dr. Phys. Leonid Rusevich Researcher 67187480
MSc. Andrejs Cesnokovs Research assistant
MSc. Aleksandrs Platonenko Research assistant 25956853
BSc. Aleksandra Moskina Engineer
BSc. Davis Zavickis Engineer


One of the main aims in this direction is a study of many-particle (cooperative) effects in kinetics of bimolecular reactions in condensed matter, including radiation defects. Most of this research is based on a novel formalism of many-particle densities described in our book E.A. Kotomin and V.N. Kuzovkov, Modern aspects of diffusion-controlled reactions (Amsterdam, Elsevier, 1996).

Surface-induced reactions are known to play a very important role in heterogeneous catalysis. We study these reactions with emphasis on such fundamental phenomena as pattern formation, reactant self-organization, regular and irregular reactant concentration oscillations as well as chaotic behavior in the case of simple reactions on low-index crystalline surface. We paid a considerable attention to the diffusion problems in heterogeneous media, e.g. composites or heavily irradiated materials.

We work also on fundamental problems of theoretical physics, such as (i) Anderson localization at low dimensions for which we suggested recently an exact analytical solution. (ii) Modelling of different types of reactant self-organization in the catalytic surface reaction


Important part of the fusion reactors are functional optical and dielectric materials to be used as diagnostic windows, lenses, fibers, cables and in some other monitoring equipment. Thus it is of fundamental importance to understand, control and predict their radiation damage under intensive neutron/gamma radiation environment. Most used in the past years methods to control radiation damage in insulating optical/dielectric materials are based on the traditional X ray diffraction, microscopy and optical spectroscopy. The latter approach proved particularly useful to study a simple primary radiation defects in simple oxides. However, this approach is quite limited and cannot be applied e.g. to the interstitial oxygen ions (which are complementary to the electron F-type centers and serve as hole component of the Frenkel pairs) and/or at high radiation fluencies where optical absorption is saturated, and the individual bands overlap.

In our  experimental-theoretical approach, we suggest to apply in combination with more traditional optical absorption and luminescence, a set of additional magnetic resonance and vibrational spectroscopic methods (EPR and Raman, IR and neutron scattering) in order to monitor the development of the radiation damage in several functional materials - diamond (used in diagnostics and as high power microwave transmission window for plasma stabilization), Al2O3 (sapphire), MgAl2O4 spinel, which are attractive candidates for diagnostics/optical windows. Of great importance is also to determine a specific role of impurities (Mn, Fe, Cr, Ti).

Special attention will be paid to the RAMAN spectroscopy, which is rapidly developing in recent years, especially with combination with calculations of the defect vibrational properties based on the state of the art first principles calculations with hybrid exchange-correlation functionals.

In 1997 Dr.habil.phys. E. A. Kotomin was awarded Fr. Zander prize in physics and mathematics of Latvian Academy of Sciences for a research in “Solid state defect theory” (including 3 monographies).
In 2014 Dr.habil.phys. V. Kuzovkov was awarded E. Silinsh prize in physics for the series of publications „From chaos to ordering via diffusion”.


  • University of Maryland, USA (Dept of Materials Science and Engineering; Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics)


  • Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva (Department of Materials Engineering)
  • Weizmann Institute of Science (Dept of Materials and Interfaces),  Rehovot


  • University of Turin (Theoretical Chemistry group)


  • Vilnius University


  • University of Oslo, Department of Chemistry


  • National Institute of Materials Physics, Iasy


  • Max Planck Institut für Festkörperforschung, Stuttgart, Germany (Abt. Physikalische Festkörperchemie)
  • Max Planck Institut für Plasmaphysik, Garching (Association Euratom-IPP)
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)


  • Institute of Physics, University of Tartu


  • St Petersburg University (Dept of Quantum Chemistry)


  • CIEMAT, Madrid


  • Jozef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana


  • Lviv University

L.L. Rusevich, G. Zvejnieks, E.A. Kotomin, M. Maček Kržmanc, A. Meden, Š. Kunej, I.D. Vlaicu. Theoretical and experimental study of (Ba,Sr)TiO3 perovskite solid solutions and BaTiO3/SrTiO3 heterostructures. J. Phys. Chem. C, 2019, 123, pp. 2031−2036.

Yu.A. Mastrikov, R. Merkle, E.A. Kotomin, M.M. Kuklja, and J. Maier. Surface termination effects on the oxygen reduction reaction rate at fuel cell cathodes. J. Mater. Chem. A, 2018, 6, pp. 11929–11940.

E. Kotomin, V. Kuzovkov, A.I. Popov, J. Maier, and R. Vila. Anomalous kinetics of diffusion-controlled defect annealing in irradiated ionic solids. J. Phys. Chem. A, 2018, 122, pp. 28–32.

R.A. Evarestov, D. Gryaznov, M. Arrigoni, E.A. Kotomin, A. Chesnokov and J. Maier, Use of site symmetry in supercell models of defective crystals: polarons in CeO2. - Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017, 19, p. 8340-8348.

E. Heifets, E.A. Kotomin, A.A. Bagaturyants and J. Maier, Thermodynamic stability of stoichiometric LaFeO3 and BiFeO3: a hybrid DFT study. - Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017, 19, p. 3738-3755.

O. Dumbrajs, T. Saito, and Y. Tatematsu, Start-up scenario of a high-power pulsed gyrotron for 300 GHz band collective Thomson scattering diagnostics in the Large Helical Device. - Phys. Plasmas, 2016, 23, 023106 (p. 1-8).

T.S. Bjørheim, M. Arrigoni, S.W. Saeed, E.A. Kotomin, and J. Maier, Surface segregation entropy of protons and oxygen vacancies in BaZrO3. - Chem. Mater., 2016, 28, p.1363−1368.

T.S. Bjørheim and E.A. Kotomin, Ab initio thermodynamics of oxygen vacancies and Zinc interstitials in ZnO. - J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2014, 5, p. 4238−4242

D. Gryaznov, S. Baumann, E.A. Kotomin, and R. Merkle, Comparison of permeation measurements and hybrid density-functional calculations on oxygen vacancy transport in complex perovskite oxides. - J. Phys. Chem. C, 2014, 118, p. 29542−29553.

V.N. Kuzovkov, G. Zvejnieks, and E.A. Kotomin, Theory of non-equilibrium critical phenomena in three-dimensional condensed systems of charged mobile nanoparticles. - Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2014, 16, p. 13974-13983.