Head of Department
Main research areas
● Spectroscopic and structural studies of condensed molecular systems and
nanostructured materials, including atomic and molecular cryocrystals,
substrate-free clusters of rare and molecular gases;
● Investigation of spectral and nonlinear electric current phenomena in low-
dimensional systems and nanostructured materials, as well as of gas-
sensitive and sensor properties of point-contact structures.
The Department was founded in 1965 for the purpose of carrying out spectroscopic studies of gaseous and solid rare elements in the vacuum ultraviolet spectral range (6-20 eV). In the late 1980’s, the research area of the Department was extended to include spectroscopic studies of high-temperature superconductors. In 2000, the research team of Candidate of Physico-Mathematical Sciences E.T. Verkhovtseva specializing in spectroscopic and structural studies of substrate-free clusters of molecular and rare gases joined the Department. In 2014, the Department was reinforced with a new team led by Doctor of Physico-Mathematical Sciences G.V. Kamarchuk which specializes in Yanson point-contact spectroscopy of nanostructured materials.
Until 1999, the Department was headed by the winner of the State Prize of Ukraine, Honoured Science and Engineering Worker of Ukraine, Doctor of Physico-Mathematical Sciences, Professor Irina Ya. Fugol; in the 1999-2014 period, the head of the Department was Doctor of Physico-Mathematical Sciences Vladimir N. Samovarov; since 2014, the Department has been under the guidance of Doctor of Physico-Mathematical Sciences Gennadii V. Kamarchuk.
Among the awards conferred on the researchers of the Department, these could be highlighted in the first place: State Prize of Ukraine (І.Ya. Fugol, 1977), N. Ostrovsky Prize of the Central Committee of Lenin’s Komsomol of Ukraine (G.V. Kamarchuk, 1988), A.F. Prikhotko and I. Puluj Prizes of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (E.V. Savchenko, 2002, and E.V. Gnatchenko, 2003, respectively).
The Department consists of 17 researchers (of whom 16 staff researchers) and 2 postgraduate students. Among them are three Doctors of Sciences and six Candidates of Sciences (Doctors of Philosophy).
The Department has been collaborating with research centres in Germany, France, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Austria, USA, and Japan and is engaged in the international scientific publishing activities: G.V. Kamarchuk is a member of the editorial board of the Universal Journal of Materials Science (USA) and for a long time was a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Breath Research (UK), while E.V. Savchenko is a member of the editorial boards of Low Temperature Physics (Ukraine) and Modern Instrumentation (USA).