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Andrei Kolmakov

Andrei Kolmakov is a Project Leader in the Energy Research  Group.   He received an M.S. in Physics from the Moscow Institute of  Physics and Technology, Russia and a Ph.D. in Physics from the National Research  Center, Kurchatov Institute, Russia.  Following his postdoctoral work at  the ELETTRA synchrotron in Trieste, Italy, and at HASYLAB synchrotron in  Hamburg, Germany, he joined the research staff at Texas A&M University  conducting in situ STM studies on supported metal clusters under  reaction conditions.  Later, while working as a researcher at the  Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UC-Santa Barbara, he and his  colleagues performed seminal research in the field of gas sensors with metal  oxide nanowires.  Prior to joining the CNST, Andrei was an Associate  Professor in the Department of Physics at Southern Illinois University,  Carbondale, where his group developed new materials and principles for low  dimensional chemical sensors.  They also focused on the application of  imaging spectromicroscopy techniques for in situ and in vivo characterization of these nanodevices.  While at SIUC, Andrei also worked with Nikolai Zhitenev for several months as a CNST Visiting Fellow.  He has published over 100 research  papers, including several review articles and book chapters, and has co-edited  a book on nanostructured metal oxide sensing systems.  Andrei is developing methodology and instrumentation for in situ electron and x-ray microscopies, photoelectron spectroscopy, and electrical measurements of interfaces and of nanodevices functioning in realistic operating environments, including in liquid or dense gaseous media.

Selected Publications:
  • Metal oxide nanomaterials for  chemical sensors,  edited by M. A Carpenter, S. Mathur, and A. Kolmakov (Springer, 2013). 
  • Electron  transparent graphene windows for environmental scanning electron microscopy in  liquids and dense gases, J. D. Stoll and A. Kolmakov, Nanotechnology 23,  505704 (2012).
  • Graphene oxide windows for in situ  environmental cell photoelectron spectroscopy, A. Kolmakov, D. A. Dikin, L. J.  Cote, J. Huang, M. K. Abyaneh, M. Amati, L. Gregoratti, S. Guenther, and M.  Kiskinova, Nature Nanotechnology 6, 651–657 (2011).
  • In situ monitoring of the growth,  intermediate phase transformations and templating of single crystal VO2  nanowires and nanoplatelets, E. Strelcov, A. V. Davydov, U. Lanke, C. Watts,  and A. Kolmakov, ACS Nano 5, 3373–3384 (2011).
  • Scanning electron microscopy for in  situ monitoring of semiconductor-liquid interfacial processes: electron  assisted reduction of Ag ions from aqueous solution on the surface of TiO2  rutile nanowire, N. Kolmakova and A. Kolmakov, Journal of Physical Chemistry  C 114, 17233–17237 (2010).
  • Gas sensor based on metal-insulator  transition in VO2 nanowire thermistor, E. Strelcov, Y. Lilach, and  A. Kolmakov, Nano Letters 9, 2322–2326 (2009).


Staff Photo - A. Kolmakov


Project Leader
Energy Research Group


M.S. Physics – Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Russia

Ph.D. Physics – National Research Centre, Kurchatov Institute, Moscow, Russia


Phone: 301-975-4724
Email: andrei.kolmakov@nist.gov