Alexander Kolesnikov


Position: Instrument Scientist

Beamline: BL-17

Instrument: Fine-Resolution Fermi Chopper Spectrometer

Group: Spectroscopy

Facility: Spallation Neutron Source


Phone: (865) 576-9145

​​2008 – present Instrument Scientist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN

2000 – 2008 Visiting Sci., Instrument Sci. (since 2003), Argonne Nat. Lab., Argonne, IL

1996 –2000 Research Fellow, Un. Manchester Inst. Science & Techn., Manchester, UK

1996 Research Fellow, Salford University, Salford, UK

1987 – 1989 Humboldt Fellow, Forschungcentrum Juelich, Juelich, Germany

1977 – 1999 Engineer, Scientist, Senior Scientist (since 1991), Institute of Solid State Physics, Russian Ac. Sci., Chernogolovka, Moscow District, Russia


M.S. 1977 Solid State Physics
Department Experimental & Theoretical Physics
Moscow Inst. Engineering and Physics, Russia

Ph.D. 1983 Physics & Mathematics
Institute of Solid State Physics, Russian Ac. Sci.
Chernogolovka, Moscow District, Russia


Vibrational dynamics & structure of metal hydrides, hydrogen storage materials, carbon nano-materials, water/ice, liquids and gases under nanoscale confinement, etc. by using neutron scattering at various time and length scales.

Selected Publications

• Y. Xie, M. Naguib, V.N. Mochalin, M.W. Barsoum, Y. Gogotsi, X. Yu, K.-W. Nam, X.-Q. Yang, A.I. Kolesnikov, P.R.C. Kent, “Role of surface structure on Li-ion energy storage capacity of two-dimensional transition-metal carbides”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 136 (2014) 6385.

• Z. Wang, K.-H. Liu, P. Le, M. Li, W.-S. Chiang, J.B. Leao, M. Tyagi, J.R.D. Copley, M. Tyagi, A. Podlesnyak, A.I. Kolesnikov, C.-Y. Mou, S.-H. Chen, “Boson peak in deeply cooled confined water: A possible way to explore the existence of the liquid-to-liquid transition in water”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 112 (2014) 237802.

• H.-W. Wang, M.J. DelloStritto, N. Kumar, A.I. Kolesnikov, P.R.C. Kent, J.D. Kubicki, D.J. Wesolowski, J.O. Sofo, “Vibrational density of states of strongly H-bonded interfacial water: insights from inelastic neutron scattering and theory”, J. Phys. Chem. C 118 (2014) 10805.

• H.W. Wang, D.J. Wesolowski, T.E. Proffen, L. Vlcek, W. Wang, L.F. Allard Jr., A.I. Kolesnikov, M. Feygenson, L.M. Anovitz, R.L. Paul, “Structure and stability of SnO2 nanocrystals and surface-bound water species”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 135 (2013) 6885.

• G. Simutis, S. Gvasaliya, M. Mansson, A.L. Chernyshev, A. Mohan, S. Singh, C. Hess, A.T. Savici, A.I. Kolesnikov, A. Piovano, T. Perring, I. Zaliznyak, B. Buchner, A. Zheludev, “Spin pseudogap in Ni-doped SrCuO2”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 111 (2013) 067204.

• B. Wu, Y. Liu, E. Mamontov, A.I. Kolesnikov, S.O. Diallo, C. Do, X. Li, L. Porcar, K. Hong, S.C. Smith, L. Liu, G.S. Smith, T. Egami, W.R. Chen, “Charge-dependent dynamics of a polyelectrolyte dendrimer and its correlation with invasive water”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 135 (2013) 5111.

• L.M. Anovitz, E. Mamontov, P. ben Ishai, A.I. Kolesnikov, “Anisotropic dynamics of water ultra-confined in macroscopically oriented channels of single-crystal beryl: A multi-frequency analysis”, Phys. Rev. E 88 (2013) 052306.

• D.M. Anjos, A.I. Kolesnikov, Z. Wu, Y. Cai, M. Neurock, G.M. Brown, S.H. Overbury, “Inelastic neutron scattering, Raman and DFT investigations of the adsorption of phenanthrenequinone on onion-like carbon”, Carbon 252 (2013) 150.

• C.I. Contescu, D. Saha, N.C. Gallego, E. Mamontov, A.I. Kolesnikov, V.V. Bhat, “Restricted dynamics of molecular hydrogen confined in activated carbon nanopores”, Carbon 50 (2012) 1071.

• A.I. Kolesnikov, V.E. Antonov, V.S. Efimchenko, G. Granroth, S.N. Klyamkin, A.V. Levchenko, M.K. Sakharov, Y. Ren, “Neutron spectroscopy of magnesium dihydride”, J. Alloys and Compounds 509S (2011) S599.

• A.A. Levchenko, A.I. Kolesnikov, O. Trofymluk, A. Navrotsky, “Energetics of single-wall carbon nanotubes as revealed by calorimetry and neutron scattering”, Carbon 49 (2011) 949.

• J.P. Clancy, B.D. Gaulin, C.P. Adams, G.E. Granroth, A.I. Kolesnikov, T.E. Sherline, F.C. Chou, “Singlet-triplet excitations in the unconventional spin-Peierls TiOBr compound”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 106 (2011) 117401.

• G. Reiter, C. Burnham, D. Homouz, P.M. Platzman, J. Mayers, T. Abdul-Redah, A.P. Moravsky, J.C. Li, C-K Loong, A.I. Kolesnikov, “Anomalous zero point motion of the protons in water in carbon nanotubes”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 97 (2006) 247801.

• C.-K. Loong, P. Thiyagarajan, A.I. Kolesnikov, “Neutron-scattering characterization of nanostructured materials relevant to biotechnology”, Nanotechnology 15 (2004) S664.

• A.I. Kolesnikov, J.-M. Zanotti, C.-K. Loong, P. Thiyagarajan, A.P. Moravsky, R.O. Loutfy, and C.J. Burnham “Anomalously soft dynamics of water in a nanotube: a revelation of nanoscale confinement”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 93 (2004) 035503.

• R. Osborn, E.A. Goremychkin, A.I. Kolesnikov, D.G. Hinks, “Phonon density-of-states in MgB2”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 87 (2001) 017005.

Awards, Honors and Memberships

Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship for 1987-1989

Visiting Professor at iCeMS, Kyoto Un., Japan, since 2009

Member of American Physical Society

Member of Neutron Scattering Society of America