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Ivan  Oleynik

Ivan Oleynik

Ivan Oleynik


Office: ISA 5109
Phone: 813/974-8186
Lab: ISA 5024
Fax: 813/974-5813



Ph.D. physics, 1992, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow


Honors, Awards and Fellowships

  • APS Fellow, 2015
  • USF Outstanding Research Award, 2012
  • ONR/NRL Summer Faculty Fellowship, 2003-2005
  • The Royal Society Research Fellowship, 1995-1996
  • AFOSR/EOARD Window on Science (WOS) award, 1993

Professional service

  • Chair of 2015 APS International Conference “Shock Compression of Condensed Matter”
  • Organizer of focus topic sessions “Materials in Extremes: Bridging Simulation and Experiment” at APS 2012-2017 March Meetings
  • Chair of 2D Materials focus topic sessions at American Vacuum Society International Symposia (2010-2017)
  • Chair of USF System Research Council; member of USF Faculty Senate Executive Committee (2015-2016); member of USF System Research Council (2012-2016)


My group’s research in computational and theoretical materials physics focuses on discovery of new materials with unique electronic, vibrational, thermal, mechanical, optical, transport and superconducting properties using a combination of first-principles quantum mechanical, and atomistic molecular dynamics simulation tools. Working closely with experimental collaborators, we predict new materials and study their properties before their synthesis is attempted in a laboratory. The current focus is on the search of novel high-nitrogen content energetic materials, superhard materials, novel superconductors and 2D materials for energy applications.

Another key research effort is to study behavior of materials at extreme conditions of high pressure, high temperature and high strain rates. Large-scale molecular dynamics simulations are performed to uncover fundamental mechanisms of shock-induced plasticity, phase transitions, and the fundamental atomic-scale mechanisms of condensed-phase detonations. At more fundamental level, using first-principles quantum mechanics we study the nature of chemical bonding at extreme conditions that results in unusual and unexpected structures and properties of molecules and solids realized under both static and dynamic compressions.

We are fascinated of the various forms of carbon, especially graphene, carbon nanotubes, graphite, diamond, and porous carbon. To probe the fundamental properties of these materials at the atomic scale, we develop novel analytic bond order potentials (BOPs) through systematic coarse-graining of electronic structure through the chemically intuitive tight-binding framework and incorporating the environment-dependent screening of interatomic interactions. Within the broad class of carbon materials, we study their mechanical properties, shock compression, phase transitions including melting and other phenomena involving atomistic processes of bond breaking and remaking. The group also maintains a long-term interest in studying fundamental mechanisms of charge, spin and thermal transport in single molecular junctions. In particular, we study fundamental mechanisms of resonant tunneling, heating, rectification and other unique electronic functionalities to be utilized in future single molecular electronic devices.

Current Courses

RefCourseSecCourse TitleCRDayTimeLocation
87373PHY 7910020Directed Research


83214PHY 7980020Dissertation: Doctoral