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Alex (Sasha) Smolyanitsky

Research Interests  

Particle-based simulation of nanoscale systems, including solid-state and biomolecular structures; molecular and stochastic dynamics methods in modeling of graphene and carbon nanotubes; quantum effects in low-dimensional lattice structures. 

Awards and Honors  

2010 NRC Postdoctoral Associateship
2007 Research Assistantship, Center for Computational Nanoscience, Electrical Engineering Dept, Arizona State University
2003 Research Assistantship, Electrical Engineering Dept, Illinois Institute of Technology & Argonne National Laboratory
2000 Dean's List for Academic Excellence, Illinois Institute of Technology
1995 1st place, Uzbekistan National High School Physics Olympiad  

Publication List  

A. Smolyanitsky, J.P. Killgore, and V.K. Tewary Effect of elastic deformation on frictional properties of few-layer graphene Phys. Phys. Rev. B 85, 035412 (2012).

A Smolyanitsky and V K Tewary Atomistic simulation of a graphene nanoribbon-metal interconnectJ. Phys.: Condens. Matter 23 (2011) 355006.

A Smolyanitsky and V K Tewary Simulation of lattice strain due to a CNT–metal interface Nanotechnology 2011 22, 085703 doi: 10.1088/0957-4484/22/8/085703.

P. Joshi, A. Smolyanitsky, L. Petrossian, M. Goryll, M. Saraniti, T. J. Thornton Field Effect Modulation of Ionic Conductance of Cylindrical Silicon-On-Insulator Nanopore Array, J. Appl. Phys. 2010 107, 054701.

A. Smolyanitsky and M. Saraniti Silicon nanopores as bioelectronic devices: a simulation study, J. Computational Electronics, 2009 8(2), p. 90 DOI: 10.1007/s10825-009-0275-1.

A. Smolyanitsky, S. Aboud, and M. Saraniti Brownian dynamics study of the effects of dielectric constant on conductivity of porins, J. Computational and Theoretical Nanoscience, accepted June 2009.

A. Smolyanitskiy, D. Shu, T. Wong A DSP-based controller for a linear actuator system with sub-angstrom resolution and 15 millimeter travel range Proc. of SPIE, 5877, Aug. 2005.


Latest Presentations 

A. Smolyanitsky, J.P. Killgore, and V.K. Tewary Effects of Surface Compliance and Relaxation on Frictional Properties of Few-Layer Graphene, MRS Fall 2011.

A. Smolyanitsky and V.K. Tewary Atomistic characterization of a metal – carbon nanotube interface: a computation study, MRS Fall 2010.



Research Engineer
Materials Reliability Division
Nanoscale Reliability

Employment History:

2010 to present:
NRC Postdoctoral Research Associate, Materials Reliability Division, NIST, Boulder, CO
2009 to 2010:
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Electrical Engineering Dept, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 
2006 to 2009:
Doctoral Research Associate, Electrical Engineering Dept, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 
2003 to 2006:
Graduate Research Associate, Argonne National Laboratory (Argonne, IL) and Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago, IL)


Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

B.S. and M.S., Electrical Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL


Phone: 303-497-6577
Fax: 303-497-5030