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Eugene Kotomin
Working place:
Department of Theoretical Physics and Computer Modeling
Laboratory of Kinetics in Self-Organizing Systems
Position: Senior researcher
Room: 436
Phone: 67187480
Working place:
Department of Theoretical Physics and Computer Modeling
Laboratory of Kinetics in Self-Organizing Systems
Position: Head of department
Room: 436
Phone: 67187480

Born: 1949

Languages: Russian (native), Latvian, English, German

Internet resources:


1964 - 1971

University of Latvia, Faculty of Physics and Mathematics

Academic degrees:


Full member, Latvian Academy of Sciences


Corresponding member of Latvian Academy of Sciences


Dr.hab.phys. University of Latvia, Riga


Dr.phys. Title of Thesis: "Theory of defect accumulation and recombination in ionic crystals controlled by electron tunnelling"


Ph D, Institute of Physics, The Latvian Academy of Sciences. Advisor: Prof. I. Tale

Title of Thesis: "Role of electron tunnelling in radiation- induced defect accumulation and in diffusion-controlled reactions of defects"

Career employment and Mobility:

2008 - 2013

Visiting Professor, Astana University, Kazakhstan

1996 - 2000

Full Professor of the University of Latvia

2006 - 2007

Visiting Professor, EC Institute for Transuranium Elements, Karlsruhe, Germany

2001 - 2005, 2008 - 2013

Visiting Professor, Max Planck Institute, Stuttgart, Germany


DAAD Professor, Osnabrueck University, Germany


DFG Professor, Osnabrueck University, Germany


Visiting Professor, Aarhus University, Denmark

1988 - present

Leading Research Scientist and head of the theoretical laboratory at the Institute of Solid State Physics attached to the University of Latvia, Riga


A lecturer in general physics, University of Latvia, Riga


Associate Professor, Dept. of Semiconductor Physics, Latvian State University


Senior Visiting Fellow, Dept. of Theoretical Chemistry, Turin University, Italy. Advisor: Prof. C.Pisani

1980 - 1985

Scientist and Senior Scientist at the Institute of Solid State Physics

1975 - 1979

Assistent Professor, Dept. of Semiconductor Physics, Latvian State University, Riga

1971 - 1974

Engineer and Research Associate, Institute of Solid State Physics, Latvian State University,

8 Kengaraga Str., LV-1063, Riga, Latvia

Honours and Awards:

  • 1997 F. Cander's prize in Physics from Latvian Academy of Sciences

Scientific interest:

  • Theoretical materials science based on first principles calculations
  • Theory of radiation-induced effects and defects in solids, kinetics of reactions with a focus on
  • Self-organization phenomena in diffusion-controlled reactions
  • Quantum chemistry of defective solids and surfaces Luminescence

Current research activities:

  • Functional materials and devices for new energy applications including solid oxide fuel cells, Li batteries, sensors
  • Nanomaterials and confinement effects in advanced perovskites
  • Defects and surface-related processes in advanced complex oxides and nitrides
  • Physics and chemistry of actinides and nuclear fuels, new materials for fusion and fission reactors
  • Radiation physics and chemistry, self-organization in non-equilibrium systems
  • Invited expert for research project evaluations at the EC ERA-NET, and US Department of Energy (DOE), National Science Foundation (NSF) and PNNL laboratory: 2005, 2007, 2009, 2015

Member of the organizing committees of the following International conferences:

  • Quantum Chemistry of Solids; Riga 1985, 1990,
  • Radiation Effects in Insulators (REI): since 1995 up to now (9 meetings)
  • European Materials Research Society Meeting, Strasburg, 1995, 1993, 1994, 1995
  • NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Defects and Surface-Induced Effects in Advanced Perovskites, Riga, 1999
  • co-director of the NATO schools on computational chemistry, Italy, September 2001 and Radiation Physics, Erice, Italy, July 2004

Research support and agency:


International Science Foundation (ISF) grant

1993, 1994, 1997

ISF travel grants for conferences

1994 - 1996

Two-year ISF research grant

1994 - 1996

European Community Human Capital and Mobility (HCM) Network Grant on Polarons and Bipolarons in New Materials

1994 - 1996

European Community HCM Network Grant on Large Scale Computer Simulations of Solids

1996 - 1998

Volkswagen research grant with Freie Universitat Berlin, Germany

1999 - 2000

NATO research grant for senior visitors (Aarhus University, Denmark)

1999 - 2000

British-Latvian UK Royal Society Joint grant(University College London)

1999 - 2000

Swedish-Latvian Joint research grant with Uppsala University

2004 - 2006

NSF collaborative grant at Northwestern University, USA

2008 - 2011

EC FP7 project F-Bridge on development of new generation of nuclear fuels

2009 - 2011

EC FP7 project NASA-OTM on innovation of new ceramic permeation membranes

2006 - 2010

3 service contracts with the EC JRC Institute for Transuranium Elements, Karlsruhe, Germany

2008 - 2012

ERA-NET project MATERA on materials for resistive switching memories

2012 - 2015

EC COST project CM1104 on chemistry of oxides of reducible oxides

2014 - 2018

EC FP7 project GREEN-CC on ceramic membranes for gas separation

Participation in international conferences:

  • Number of communications/posters at scientific meetings: 450
  • Number of invited talks at International Conferences: 40


  • Total number of publication citations: 5900
  • h - index: 37
  • Number of papers in refereed journals: 430
  • Number of books and book chapters: 12, review articles 12

Selected publications:


  1. Evarestov R.A., Kotomin E.A., Ermoshkin A.N. Molecular models of point defects in wide-gap solids. -Riga: Zinatne, 1983. -287 p.
  2. Kantorovich L.N., Kotomin E.A., Kuzovkov V.N., Tale I.A., Shluger A.L., Zakis Yu.R. Models of defect processes in wide-gap solids. -Riga: Zinatne, 1991. -320 p.
  3. Kotomin E.A. and Kuzovkov V.N. Modern Aspects of Diffusion-Controlled Processes: Cooperative Phenomena in Bimolecular Reactions, North Holland, Elsevier Publ. (vol. 34 in a series of Comprehensive Chemical Kinetics),1996.620 p.
  4. Catlow C.R.A. and Kotomin E.A. (eds.) Computational Materials Science, IOS press, Amsterdam, Berlin, Oxford,Tokyo, Washington,DC, 2003, 420 pp. (NATO Science series III: Computer and Systems Sciences, vol. 187).
  5. Sickafus K. and Kotomin E.A. (eds.). Radiation Effects in Solids, 2006, NATO ASI Science Series II. Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics, Vol. 235.
  6. Kuzovkov V.N., Kotomin E.A., Zvejnieks G., Li K.D., Ding T.H., Wang L.M. Void Superlattice Formation in Electron Irradiated Insulating Materials.-;Book chapter 11 in: Advances in Materials Science Research, vol. 2, 2011, pp. 191-216 (Nova Science Publishers, ed. Maryann C. Wythers).
  7. Heifets E., Kotomin E.A., Mastrikov Yu., Piskunov S., and Maier J. Book chapter on Thermodynamics of ABO3 perovskite surfaces. -- In: Thermodynamics-Intective study (InTech Open Access Publishers), 2012, p.491-518.
  8. E.A. Kotomin, R. Merkle, Yu.A. Mastrikov, M.M. Kuklja, and J. Maier, Energy Conversion: Solid Oxide Fuel Cells. First-Principles Modeling of Elementary Processes. - Chapter 6 in book: Computational Approaches to Energy Materials (eds. A.Walsch, A.Sokol, C.R.A. Catlow, Wiley), 2013, p. 149-186.

Review Articles

  1. Doktorov A.B., Kotomin E.A. Theory of Tunnelling Recombination of Defects Stimulated by Their Motion. (I). General formalism. -Phys. Stat. Solidi (b), 1982, 114, No.1, p.9-14.
  2. Kotomin E.A., Doktorov A.V. Theory of Tunnelling Recombination of Defects Stimulated by Their Motion. (II). Three Recombination Mechanisms. -Phys. Stat. Solidi (b), 1982, 114, No.2, p.287-318.
  3. Kalnin Yu.H., Kotomin E.A. Radiation-induced aggregation of immobile Frenkel defects in solids. -Probl. of atom. Sci. and techn., Kharkov phys.-techn. Inst., 20, 1984, p.18-34.
  4. Kuzovkov V.N., Kotomin E.A. Kinetics of bimolecular reactions in condensed media. -Rep. on Progr. in Physics, 1988, 51, No.12, p.1479-1524.
  5. Millers D.K., Grigorjeva L.G., Kotomin E.A., Artjushenko V.G. Butvina L.N. Radiation-induced processes in crystals and fibers made of silver halides. Latv.St.Univ. Preprint. 1988. P.70.
  6. Vinetsky V.L., Kalnin Yu.R., Kotomin E.A., Ovchinnikov A.A. Radiation-induced Frenkel defect aggregation in solids. -Sov.phys.-uspekhi, 1990, 33, No.10, p.793-811.
  7. Kotomin E.A., Kuzovkov V.A. Phenomenological theory of the recombination and accumulation kinetics of radiation defects in ionic solids. -Rept. Progr. Phys., 1992, 55, p.2079-2202.
  8. Eglitis R., Kotomin E.A., Borstel G. Large scale computer modeling of point defects, polarons and pervoskite solid solutions. - Defects and Diffusion Forum, 2004, 226-228, p. 169-180.
  9. Zhukovskii Yu., Kotomin E.A., Evarestov R.A., Ellis D.E. Periodic Models in Quantum Chemical Simulations of F Centers in Crystalline Metal Oxides. - Int. J. Quantum Chem., 2007, 107, p.2956-2985.
  10. Kotomin E.A. and Popov A.I. The kinetics of radiation-induced point defect aggregation and metallic colloid formation in ionic solids. In: Radiation Effects in Solids, NATO ASI Science Series II. Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics 2006 (Eds. K. Sickafus and E.A. Kotomin), 235, p. 153-192.
  11. M.M. Kuklja, E.A. Kotomin, R. Merkle, Yu.A. Mastrikov, and J. Maier, Combined theoretical and experimental analysis of processes determining cathode performance in solid oxide fuel cells. - Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2013, 15, p. 5443-5471.

Reviewer for more than 40 basic research journals, including:

Physical Review Letters, Physical Review B and E, Nature Materials, Journal of Nuclear Materials, Nuclear Instruments and Methods B, J. Applied Physics, Solid State Ionics, Surface Science, Applied Surface Science, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, Physica Status Solidi, Physica B, J Luminescence, Chemistry of Materials, J Physical Chemistry, J.Physical Chemistry Letters, J Physics: Condensed Matter, Solid State Communications, Chemical Physics, Philos. Magazin, Applied Physics Letters, J. Materials Chemistry, Advanced Materials, Advanced Functional materials, Chemical Physics Letters, Computational Materials Science, Radiation Effects and Defects in Solids, J. Alloys and Compounds, Energy and Enviromental Science.