Short CV/Education and training

  • 1972 – 1980
    Grammar school in Leningrad, Russia

  • 1981 – 1982
    Special school for mathematics in Leningrad, Russia

  • 1982 – 1988
    Studied physics at the state university in St. Petersburg, Russia

  • 1988 – 1991
    Physical chemistry of polymers laboratory, Institute of Macromolecular Compounds (IMC RAS), St. Petersburg, Russia

  • 1991 – 2000
    Theory and simulation of polymer systems laboratory, IMC RAS

  • 1995
    Doctorate from IMC RAS

  • 2000 – 2003
    Chair in structure analysis, Institute of Physics, University of Potsdam, Germany

  • 2002
    Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam, Germany

  • 2003 – 2005
    Chair in soft matter physics, Institute of Physics, University of Potsdam

  • Since 2005
    Leibniz Institute for Polymer Research Dresden (IPF Dresden), Germany: Institute of Polymer Materials

  • 2007
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) in the Faculty of Science at the University of Potsdam

  • Since 2007
    Head of the working group Modelling of Polymer Materials, Leibniz Institute for Polymer Research Dresden

Selected publications

  • Domurath, J., Saphiannikova, M., Ausias, G., Heinrich, G.: Modelling of stress and strain amplification effects in filled polymer melts. In: J. Non-Newtonian Fluid Mech. 171-172, 2012. S. 8-16.

  • Toshchevikov, V., Saphiannikova, M., Heinrich, G.: Light-induced deformation of azobenzene elastomers: A regular cubic network model. In: J. Phys. Chem. B 116, 2012. S. 913-924.

  • Ilnytskyi, J. M., Neher, D., Saphiannikova, M. : Opposite photo- induced deformations in azobenzene-containing polymers with different molecular architecture: Molecular dynamics study.

    In: J. Chem. Phys. 135, 2011, 044901.

  • Saphiannikova, M., Toshchevikov, V., Ilnytskyi, J.: Photoinduced Deformations in Azobenzene Polymer Films. In: Nonlinear Optics, Quantum Optics 41, 2010. S. 27-57.

  • Skipa, T. et al.: Influence of shear deformation on carbon nanotube networks in polycarbonate melts: Interplay between build-up and destruction of agglomerates. In: Polymer 51, 2010. S. 201-210.

  • Toshchevikov, V., Saphiannikova, M., Heinrich, G.: Microscopic theory of light-induced deformation in amorphous side-chain azobenzene polymers. In: J. Phys. Chem. B 113, 2009. S. 5032-5045.

  • Costa, F. R. et al.: Layered double hydroxide based polymer nanocomposites. In: Adv. Polym. Sci. 210, 2008. S. 101-168.

  • Zen, A. et al.: Effect of molecular weight on the structure and crystallinity of poly(3-hexylthiophene). In: Macromolecules 39, 2006. S. 2162-2171.

  • Saphiannikova, M., Neher, D.: Thermodynamic theory of light-induced material transport in amorphous azobenzene polymer films. In: J. Phys. Chem. B 109, 2005. S. 19428-19436.

  • Saphiannikova, M. et al.: Linear viscoelastic analysis of formation and relaxation of azobenzene polymer gratings. In: J. Chem. Phys. 120, 2004. S. 4039-4045.

  • Geue, T.M. et al.: Formation mechanism and dynamics in polymer surface gratings. In: Phys. Rev. E 65, 2002. 052801/1-052801/4.

  • Saphiannikova, M.G., Pryamitsyn, V.A., Birshtein, T.M.: Self- consistent Brownian dynamics simulation of bimodal polymer brushes under shear. In: Macromolecules 33, 2000. S. 2740-2747.

  • Saphiannikova, M.G., Pryamitsyn, V.A., Cosgrove, T.: Self-consistent Brownian dynamics simulation of polymer brushes under shear. In: Macromolecules 31, 1998. S. 6662-6668.


Selected projects

  • German Research Foundation (DFG) project "Theory of photo-induced deformation of azobenzene elastomers: structure-property relationship", 2010 – 2012

  • German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) project CarboNet "Characteristic prognoses of CNT-polymer-composites by modelling and simulation of the percolation network during the manufacturing process", 2007 – 2009

Additional qualifications

  • Authorized to teach the subject "Rheology of Complex Fluids", Dresden University of Technology, Germany, 2009


Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Additional interests

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