Igor Mazin received his Ph. D. from the P.N. Lebedev Institute in Moscow in 1984. He was employed by the Theoretical Department of the same institute until 1990, working mostly on classical and high-temperature superconductors (HTSC), as well as on the problems of applying the density functional theory to first principles calculations in solids. He spent the year of 1989 at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart, Germany, as Alexander von Humboldt fellow. In 1991-1994 he was a staff member of the said Institute, working on HTSC, fullerenes, and other materials. He moved to United States in 1994, initially working at the Geophysical Laboratory in Washington on materials under ultrahigh pressures, especially hydrogen. Since 1996 Igor Mazin has been working as a Research Physicist at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. His main works relate to electronic, transport, magnetic and superconducting properties of solids. In 2001, he proposed the now accepted theory of MgB2 as a two-gap electron-phonon superconductor, in a series of papers that have garnered 1800 citations. In 2004, he was elected a Fellow of the American Physics Society (APS). In 2008, he was named an Outstanding Referee of the APS. He has been a Guest Editor for Physica C (special issues of 2007 and 2009) and a co-organizer of numerous conferences. In 2006 he led the Theory Panel of the DOE Workshop for assessing the basic energy research needs for superconductivity. Igor Mazin has published 182 scientific papers that have been cited more than 6000 times.
Biography Updated on 4 February 2009