The Department was organized in 1966 by
Prof. Boris I. Verkin,
Academician of the Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, who contributed substantially to the development and
scientific profile of the Department.
From the day of foundation and until 2008 the Department was headed by
Prof. Igor V. Svechkarev.
Since 2008 and to the present the Department is headed by
Prof. Gennadiy E. Grechnev.
From 2006 to 2017 an outstanding Ukrainian scientist
Prof. Victor V. Eremenko,
Academician of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, had worked in the Department.
The employees of the Department made a significant contribution to the development of
science and technology of Ukraine, as evidenced by high state awards:
- 2015 -
The State Prize of Ukraine in the field of science and technology
(G. E. Grechnev et al.):
Functional properties of the bulk and surface ordered systems and fabrication of new
metal-containing materials and structures.
- 2003 -
The Shubnikov Prize
(V. V. Eremenko, V. A. Sirenko, V. D. Fil):
Magnetoelastic phenomena in the Shubnikov phase of superconductors.
- 1980 -
The State Prize of Ukraine
(I. V. Svechkarev et al.):
Investigation of elementary excitations in metals by X-ray, microcontact,
tunnel, ultrasonic and magnetic spectroscopy methods.
At present, the Department consists of 17 staff members,
among them: 3 Doctors of Sciences (DrSc.), 7 Candidates of Sciences (Dr.rer.nat., PhD), 5 PhD Students,
1 Engineer, and 1 Technician.
The research field of the Department covers a broad area of applied and fundamental problems of
Condensed Matter Physics, above all magnetic and elastic properties of functional materials,
intermetallic compounds, and different alloys. This includes primarily:
- Theoretical studies of magnetic structure of solids.
- Ab initio calculations of the electronic structure and magnetic properties of metallic
systems and semiconductors.
- Experimental studies of magnetization and magnetic susceptibility in localized and itinerant magnetic
systems under high pressure, including rare-earths and actinides.
- Experimental studies of uniaxial compression effects on magnetic properties in anisotropic magnetic materials.
- Elastic, magnetoelastic, magneto- and piezoelectric properties of solids.
- Experimental investigations of structural defects with magnetic methods.
- Structure and magnetoelastic properties of low-dimensional systems in the region of low
temperature phase transitions.
- Theoretical and experimental studies of multiferroic systems.