Alexander G. Merzhanov

Institute of Structural Macrokinetics and Materials Science, Russia

Alexander G. Merzhanov was born in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, in 1931, graduated from the Rostov-on-Don University (Faculty of Physics and Mathematics) in 1954, and then started his research work at the Institute of Chemical Physics first in Moscow (1954–1960) and then at the Branch of this Institute in Chernogolovka. In the period of 1954–1967, Merzhanov was engaged in combustion studies (thermal explosion, ignition, and flame propagation). He received his Candidate scientific degree in 1959, and in 1967, he discovered (with his coworkers) the phenomenon later termed “solid flame” and a method of Self-propagating High-temperature Synthesis (SHS). Alexander G. Merzhanov is the organizer and first director (1987–2004) of the Institute of Structural Macrokinetics and Materials Science (ISMAN). Nowadays, he is a Scientific Advisor (emeritus) at this institute. He also headed the Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Consortium TERMOSINTEZ until the collapse of the USSR. His pioneering works on the theory and practice of solid-flame combustion, structural macrokinetics, chemistry, and technology of inorganic materials have been widely recognized all around the world. Merzhanov is a Member (Academician) of the Russian Academy of Sciences and several academies of sciences abroad, he organized 10 international symposia on SHS, he is Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Self-Propagating High-Temperature Synthesis, a Member of other numerous editorial boards in domestic and international journals, an Honorary Professor of some Russian and foreign universities. In 2002–2006, Alexander Merzhanov was the President of the International Advisory Board at the World Academy of Ceramics (headquarters in Faenza, Italy).

Biography Updated on 25 October 2009

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