Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Chemistry

Professor of Chemical Physics



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Professor Alexei Kornyshev is an expert in condensed matter theoretical chemical physics and its applications to biophysics, electrochemistry, nanoscience, and energy generation and storage. Through the years his particular areas of  research were electron and proton transfer reactions and processes, hydration, metal/electrolyte and liquid-liquid interfaces, transport phenomena in solid electrolytes and polymer electrolyte membranes, aggregation and recognition of helical biopolymers and the structure of chiral liquid crystals, theory of modern fuel cells (PEFC/DMFC, SOFC) and super-capacitors.

His current research interests focus on:

·         DNA biophysics

·         Optofluidics and nanophotonics

·         Molecular electronics and machines

·         Ionic liquids and their applications

.         Electrochemical metamaterials

He has over 280 original publications and more than 30 review articles in leading journals, filed several patents, edited 5 multi-author books and a number of special issues.

Alexei Kornyshev received his Master’s degree from Moscow Physical Engineering Institute (‘MIFI’) in theoretical nuclear physics. After defending his PhD in Physical and Mathematical Sciences (under the guidance of Prof. R.R. Dogonadze), he worked as Research Scientist at the Frumkin Institute of Electrochemistry (Acad.Sci.), Moscow (1973 - 1991), where in 1986 he defended his D.Sci dissertation and became Leading Scientist. In 1991 he received Humboldt Prize in Electrochemistry and Physical Chemistry, and spent consequently a year at TU Munich, as Humboldt Guest Professor.  He was then invited to the Research Centre Juelich, Germany, to lead a Theory Group in a new Institute for Energy Processing with a focus on fundamentals of fuel cells. In 1997 he was promoted there to Head of Division of Theoretical Physical Chemistry, and later got a joint appointment between the Research Centre Juelich and the Heinrich-Heine University of Dusseldorf as Professor of Theoretical Physics.  In August 2002 he moved from Juelich-Duesseldorf to Imperial College, appointed to the Chair of Chemical Physics at the Chemistry Department, which for 5 years was supported by Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award of June 2001.

Through his career he had many short term visiting appointments worldwide, Honours and Awards (see the corresponding section).




Budkov YA, Kolesnikov AL, Goodwin ZAH, et al., 2018, Theory of electrosorption of water from ionic liquids, Electrochimica Acta, Vol:284, ISSN:0013-4686, Pages:346-354

Goodwin Z, Eikerling M, Loewen H, et al., 2018, Theory of microstructured polymer-electrolyte artificial muscles, Smart Materials and Structures, Vol:27, ISSN:0964-1726

Pivnic K, Fajardo OY, Bresme F, et al., 2018, Mechanisms of Electrotunable Friction in Friction Force Microscopy Experiments with Ionic Liquids, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, Vol:122, ISSN:1932-7447, Pages:5004-5012

McEldrew M, Goodwin ZAH, Kornyshev AA, et al., 2018, Theory of the Double Layer in Water-in-Salt Electrolytes, Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, Vol:9, ISSN:1948-7185, Pages:5840-5846


Demetriadou A, Kornyshev A, Principles of plasmonic imaging, Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG) conference

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