Short CV/Education and training

  • 1983
    M.Sc. in Geochemistry, Moscow State University, Moscow, USSR

  • 1983 – 1989
    Researcher, Central Research Institute of Geological Exploration for Base and Precious Metals, Division of Physical Methods of Investigations of Minerals, Moscow, USSR

  • 1989
    Ph.D. in Crystallography and Crystal Physics, Moscow State University

  • 1989 – 1995
    Docent, Moscow High School, Moscow, Russia

  • 1995 – 2001
    Research Fellow, Theoretical Geochemistry Program, Uppsala University, Sweden

  • 2001 – 2006
    Research Fellow, the Bavarian Research Institute of Experimental Geochemistry and Geophysics and the Laboratory of Crystallography, University of Bayreuth, Germany

  • 2007
    Habilitation in Crystallography, University of Bayreuth, Germany

  • 2007 – 2011
    Staff Scientist (Akademische Rätin), University of Heidelberg, Germany

  • 2008
    "Umhabilitation", University of Heidelberg, Germany

  • Since 2011
    Full Professor for Material Physics and Technology at Extreme Conditions, Laboratory of Crystallography, University of Bayreuth, Germany

Selected publications

  • 1. N. Dubrovinskaia, L. Dubrovinsky, N. A. Solopova, A. Abakumov, S. Turner, M. Hanfland, E. Bykova, M. Bykov, C. Prescher, V. B. Prakapenka, S. Petitgirard, I. Chuvashova, B. Gasharova, Y.-L. Mathis, P. Ershov, I. Snigireva, A. Snigirev, Terapascal static pressure generation with ultrahigh yield strength nanodiamond. Science Advances 2, e1600341, 2016.

  • L. Dubrovinsky, N. Dubrovinskaia, E. Bykova, M. Bykov, V. Prakapenka, C. Prescher, K. Glazyrin, H.-P. Liermann, M. Hanfland, M. Ekholm, Q. Feng, L. V. Pourovskii, M. I. Katsnelson, J. M.Wills & I. A. Abrikosov. The most incompressible metal osmium at static pressures above 750 gigapascals. Nature 525, 226–229, 2015.

  • M. Millot, N. Dubrovinskaia, A. Černok, S. Blaha, L. Dubrovinsky, D. G. Braun, P. M. Celliers, G. W. Collins, J. H. Eggert and R. Jeanloz, Shock compression of stishovite and melting of silica at planetary interior conditions, Science 447, 418-420 2015.

  • C. Prescher, L. Dubrovinsky, E. Bykova, I. Kupenko, K. Glazyrin, A. Kantor, C. McCammon, M. Mookherjee, Y. Nakajima, N. Miyajima, R. Sinmyo, V. Cerantola, N. Dubrovinskaia, V. Prakapenka, R. Rüffer, A. Chumakov, M. Hanfland. High Poisson’s ratio of Earth’s inner core explained by carbon alloying. Nature Geoscience 8, 220–223, 2015.

  • P. Nemeth, L.A.J. Garvie, T. Aoki, N. Dubrovinskaia, L. Dubrovinsky, P. R. Buseck. Lonsdaleite is faulted and twinned cubic diamond and does not exist as a discrete material. Nature Commun. 5:5447 doi: 10.1038/ ncomms6447, 2014.

  • H. Gou, N. Dubrovinskaia, E. Bykova, A. A. Tsirlin, D. Kasinathan, W. Schnelle, A. Richter, M. Merlini, M. Hanfland, A. M. Abakumov, D. Batuk, G. Van Tendeloo, Y. Nakajima, A. N. Kolmogorov, L. Dubrovinsky. Discovery of a superhard iron tetraboride superconductor, Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 157002, 2013.

  • I. Kupenko, L. Dubrovinsky, N. Dubrovinskaia, C. McCammon,K. Glazyrin, E. Bykova, T. Boffa Ballaran, R. Sinmyo, A. I. Chumakov, V. Potapkin, A. Kantor, R. Rüffer, M. Hanfland, W. Crichton, M. Merlini. Portable double-sided laser-heating system for Mössbauer spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction experiments at synchrotron facilities with diamond anvil cells. Rev. Sci. Instrum. 83, 124501, 2012.

  • I. Kantor, V. Prakapenka, A. Kantor, P. Dera, A. Kurnosov, S. Sinogeikin, N. Dubrovinskaia, and L. Dubrovinsky, BX90: A new diamond anvil cell design for X-ray diffraction and optical Measurements. Rev. Sci. Instrum. 83, 125102, 2012.

  • L. Dubrovinsky, N. Dubrovinskaia, V. Prakapenka, A. Abakumov. Implementation of micro-ball nanodiamond anvils for high-pressure studies above 6 Mbar. Nat. Commun. 3:1163 doi: 10.1038/ncomms2160, 2012.

  • G. Parakhonskiy, N. Dubrovinskaia, E. Bykova, R. Wirth, L. Dubrovinsky. Experimental pressure-temperature phase diagram of boron: resolving the long-standing enigma. Scientific Reports 1, 96, DOI: 10.1038/srep00096, 2011.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • DFG: “In incude synthesis and investigations of novel multifunctional strong materials – transition metal (TM=Fe, Cr, Mn, Mo, W, Ti) borides”

  • BMBF: “Characterization of exotic electronic und structural states of matter at extreme conditions: IR- und THz-Spectroscopy at high and ultra-high pressures and variable temperature” (PT DESY)

  • BMBF: “Single Crystal Crystallography at Extreme Pressures and Temperatures in Pulsed Laser Heated Diamond Anvil Cells”

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the ESF College of Expert Reviewers, since 2016

  • Editorial Board Member for Scientific Reports within the field of Chemical Physics, since 2016

  • Guest Editor for a special issue "Advances in High Pressure Science and Technology" of the High Pressure Research Int. Journal, 2016

  • Member of the Beam Time Allocation Panel C05 (ID06LVP, ID15B, ID18, ID27, ID28, BM01) for the European Synchrotron Radiation Facilities, Grenoble, France, since 2016

  • Organizer and Chair of the 54th EHPRG International Meeting of High Pressure Science and Technology, Bayreuth, 2016

  • Elected Secretary of the European High Pressure Research Group Committee, since 2015

  • Peer Review Panel Member for Diamond Light Source, UK, 2013 – 2016

  • Elected Member of the European High Pressure Research Group Committee, 2011- 2014

  • Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Materials and Chemistry, since 2012

  • Guest Editor for a special issue of the journal Materials, 2011

  • Guest Editor for a special issue of the High Pressure Research- International Journal, 2006

  • ESF (European Science Foundation) peer reviewer

  • NSF (National Science Foundation, USA) peer reviewer

  • Scientific expert for the Research Council of Lithuania

  • Adviser for the State Natural Science Award Evaluation Committee of the People's Republic of China

  • Member of the European Crystallographic Association, the German Physical Society, the German Crystallography Society, the American Physical Society, Deutscher Hochschulverband

Media coverage

  • Selected Recent Press reports:

  • Press release of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, 2016-09-19: Using crystallography to open the gates to the Earth’s interior

  • ESRF News: Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awards extreme-conditions users, 26-09-2016,

  • Profile in “Successful Women Ceramic and Glass Scientists and Engineers: 100 Inspirational Profiles” by Lynnette Madsen, Wiley (ISBN: 978-1-118-73360-8, 640 pages, March 2016)


  • Materie unter extremen Bedingungen:

  • Bild der Wissenschaft: Hart an der Grenze, 4, 2013

    Science Daily: High Pressure Science Gets Supersized, 10, 2012

  • Physics World: Improved diamond-anvil cell allows higher pressures than ever before, 11, 2012

  • PopSci: Double Diamond anvil Creates Pressures Greater Than Earth's Inner Core, 10, 2012

  • Produktion No. 48: Rekord: Mehr als 6,4 Mio Atmosphären erreicht, 29.11.2012

  • GIT Laborfachzeitschrift: Chemische Bindungen in elementarem Bor gamma-B 10/2011

  • ESRF Highlights: Structure and properties of single crystals of high-pressure boron. 2010, p. 51-52


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