Enseignant Chercheur


Département Subatech



Coordonnées :


IMT Atlantique - SUBATECH
4 rue Alfred Kastler, La Chantrerie CS 20722
44307 Nantes Cedex 3, FRANCE

Ph.D. (Chemical Physics), Institute of Chemical Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia

B.S., M.S. (Engineering Thermophysics), Odessa Technological Institute, Odessa, Ukraine

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Research Interests and Expertise

  • Atomistic modeling of interfacial and confined fluids  in clay, cement, and other nano-strucutred materials
  • Environmental materials chemistry: geological nuclear waste disposal, carbon sequestration, shale gas exploration
  • Structure and properties of supercritical aqueous fluids

Our team's current research is primarily supported by industrial funding from ANDRA, AREVA, and EDF in the framework of the IMTA Industrial Chair "Storage and Disposal of Radioactive Waste". We are also partners in the European research consortia ShaleXenvironmenT (SXT) and Science for Clean Energy (S4CE) - two multi-national and multi-disciplinary projects focused on comprehensive science-based assessments of the potential environmental footprints of shale gas exploitation and geological carbon sequestration in Europe.

In addition, we contribute to other research projects of the Radiochemistry Group at Subatech.

Before that, in the USA my research projects were mostly supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Chemical Sciences, Geosciences, and Biosciences (1999-2010), and also by the NSF Science and Technology Center of Advanced Materials for Water Purification (WaterCAMWPS) (2002-2007), and the interdisciplinary Center for Advanced Cement-Based Materials (1998-2005).


Our research findings are highlighted in a number of local, national, and international media sources:
Chemical & Engineering News (April 7, 2014)
Elements Magazine (Oct. 2013)
EMN e-Talents  (Feb. 2013)
Chemical & Engineering News (April 5, 2010)



Current team members at IMTA - Subatech


  • Brice Firmin Ngouana-Wakou, PhD student (2011-2014), postdoc (2016 - )
  • Iuliia Androniuk, PhD student (2013-2017), postdoc (2017- )
  • Sergey Kraevskiy, postdoc (2016 - )
  • Chi Zhang, visiting PhD student (2017 - ), School of Earth Sciences and Engineering, Nanjing University, P.R. China
  • Debashish Banerjee, PhD student (2017 - )

Recent publications

  • R.K. Mishra, A.K. Mohamed, D. Geissbühler, H. Manzano, T. Jamil, R. Shahsavari, A.G.Kalinichev, S. Galmarini, L. Tao, H. Heinz, R. Pellenq, A.C.T. van Duin, S.C. Parker, R.J. Flatt, P. Bowen (2017) CEMFF: A force field database for cementitious materials- validations, applications and opportunities. Cement and Concrete Research, in print.
  • M.Pouvreau, J.A.Greathouse, R.T.Cygan, A.G.Kalinichev (2017) Structure of hydrated gibbsite and brucite edge surfaces: DFT results and further development of the ClayFF classical force field with metal-O-H angle bending terms. Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 121, 14757-14771.   
  • A.G.Kalinichev (2017) Universality of hydrogen bond distributions in liquid and supercritical water. Journal of Molecular Liquids, 241, 1038-1043.
  • A.Idrissi, M.G.Kiselev, A.G.Kalinichev (2017) Supercritical fluids. Theory and applications. Introduction to the special issue dedicated to Prof. Yu.E.Gorbaty. Journal of Molecular Liquids, 239, 1-2.   
  • I.Androniuk, C.Landesman, P.Henocq, A.G.Kalinichev (2017) Adsorption of gluconate and uranyl on C-S-H phases: Combination of wet chemistry experiments and molecular dynamics simulations for the binary systems. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, Parts A/B/C, 99, 194-203.   
  • N.Loganathan, A.G.Kalinichev (2017) Quantifying the mechanisms of site-specific ion exchange at an inhomogeneously charged surface: Case of Cs+/K+ on hydrated muscovite mica. Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 121, 7829-7836.   
  • A.G.Kalinichev, N. Loganathan, B.F. Ngouana-Wakou, Z. Chen (2017) Interaction of ions with hydrated clay surfaces: Computational molecular modeling for nuclear waste disposal applications. Procedia Earth and Planetary Science, 17, 566-569.   
  • A.G.Kalinichev, X.Liu, R.T.Cygan (2016) Molecular computer simulations of clays and clay-water interfaces - Recent progress, challenges, and opportunities. Introduction to the special issue. Clays and Clay Minerals, 64, 335-336.  
  • M.Szczerba, A.G.Kalinichev (2016) Intercalation of ethylene glycol in smectites: Several molecular simulation models verified by X-ray diffraction data. Clays and Clay Minerals, 64, 488-502.  
  • M.Szczerba, A.Kuligiewicz, A.Derkowski, V.Gionis, G.D.Chryssikos, A.G.Kalinichev (2016) Structure and dynamics of water-smectite interfaces: Hydrogen bonding and the origin of the sharp ODw/OHw infrared band from molecular simulations. Clays and Clay Minerals, 64, 452-471.   
  • N.Loganathan, A.O.Yazaydin, G.M.Bowers, A.G.Kalinichev, R.J.Kirkpatrick (2016) Structure, energetics and dynamics of Cs+ and H2O in hectorite: Molecular dynamics simulations with an unconstrained substrate surface. Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 120, 10298-10310.   
  • N.Loganathan, A.O.Yazaydin, G.M.Bowers, A.G.Kalinichev, R.J.Kirkpatrick (2016) Cation and water structure, dynamics and energetics in smectite clays: A molecular dynamics study of Ca-hectorite. Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 120, 12429-12439.   
  • M.Szczerba, A.Derkowski, A.G.Kalinichev, J.Srodon (2015) Molecular modeling of the effects of 40Ar recoil in illite particles on their K-Ar isotope dating. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 159, 162-176.
  • R.J.Kirkpatrick, A.G.Kalinichev, G.M.Bowers, A.Ö.Yazaydin, M.Krishnan, M.Saharay, C.P.Morrow (2015) NMR and computational molecular modeling studies of mineral surfaces and interlayer galleries: A review. American Mineralogist, 100, 1341-1354.   
  • A.G.Kalinichev (2014) Molecular structure and dynamics of nano-confined water: Computer simulations of aqueous species in clay, cement, and polymer membranes. In: Transport and Reactivity of Solutions in Confined Hydrosystems, NATO Science for Peace and Security Series C: Environmental Security (Mercury L., Tas N., Zilberbrand M., eds.), Springer-Verlag, Dordrecht, p.99-111.  
  • B.F. Ngouana-Wakou, A.G.Kalinichev (2014) Structural arrangements of isomorphic substitutions in smectites: Molecular simulation of the swelling properties, interlayer structure, and dynamics of hydrated Cs-montmorillonite revisited with new clay models. J.Phys.Chem.C, 118, 12758–12773.
  • M.Szczerba, Z.Klapyta, A.G.Kalinichev (2014) Ethylene glycol intercalation in smectites. Molecular dynamics simulation studies. Applied Clay Science, 91, 87-97.  
  • C.P.Morrow, A.Ö.Yazaydin, M.Krishnan, G.M.Bowers, A.G.Kalinichev, R.J.Kirkpatrick (2013) Structure, energetics, and dynamics of smectite clay interlayer hydration: Molecular dynamics and metadynamics investigation of Na-hectorite. J.Phys.Chem.C, 117, 5172-5187.  
  • L.Narasimhan, A.G.Kalinichev (2013) On the hydrogen bonding structure at the aqueous interface of ammonium-substituted mica: A molecular dynamics simulation. Zeitschrift für Naturforschung, 68a, 91-100.   
  • A.G.Kalinichev (2013) Molecular models of natural organic matter and its colloidal aggregation in aqueous solutions: Challenges and opportunities for computer simulations. Pure and Applied Chemistry, 85, 149-158.   
  • A.G.Kalinichev, E.Iskrenova-Tchoukova, W.-Y.Ahn, M.M.Clark, R.J.Kirkpatrick (2011) Effects of Ca2+ on supramolecular aggregation of natural organic matter in aqueous solutions: A comparison of molecular modeling approaches. Geoderma, 169, 27-32.   
  • E.Iskrenova-Tchoukova, A.G.Kalinichev, R.J.Kirkpatrick (2010) Metal cation complexation with natural organic matter in aqueous solutions: Molecular dynamics simulations and potentials of mean force. Langmuir, 26, 15909-15919.   
  • A.G.Kalinichev, P.Kumar, R.J.Kirkpatrick (2010) Effects of hydrogen bonding on the properties of layered double hydroxides intercalated with organic acids: Molecular dynamics computer simulations. Philosophical Magazine, 90, 2475-2488.   
  • R.T.Cygan, J.A.Greathouse, H.Heinz, A.G.Kalinichev (2009) Molecular models and simulations of layered materials. Journal of Materials Chemistry, 19, 2470-2481.   
  • I.S.Ufimtsev, A.G.Kalinichev, T.J.Martinez, R.J.Kirkpatrick (2009) A multistate empirical valence bond model for solvation and transport simulations of OH in aqueous solutions. Phys.Chem.-Chem.Phys., 11, 9420-9430.  
  • J.Wang, A.G.Kalinichev, R.J.Kirkpatrick (2009) Asymmetric hydrogen bonding and orientational ordering of water at hydrophobic and hydrophilic surfaces: A comparison of water/vapor, water/talc, and water/mica interfaces. J.Phys.Chem.C, 113, 11077–11085.  
  • P.Kumar, A.G.Kalinichev, R.J.Kirkpatrick (2009) Hydrogen bonding structure and dynamics of aqueous carbonate species from Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics simulations. J.Phys.Chem.B, 113, 794-802.

Courses currently taught

2010 - present Integrated Nuclear Engineering Project in the framework of the SNEAM International MS program at the Institut Mines-Télécom Atlantique (former Ecole des Mines de Nantes). The combined lecture/discussion/practicum course is focused on molecular-level understanding and modeling of the physical and chemical processes and phenomena related to the technologies of geological nuclear waste disposal and other radiochemical applications.
2016 - present Computational Molecular Modeling of Materials and Interfaces: 3MPL140 theoretical and 3MPL240 practical PhD level courses within the joint Doctoral School 3M - "Matter, Molecules, and Materials" of the ComUE Université Bretagne Loire.
2016 - present Computational Molecular Modeling of Nanostructured Materials and Interfaces: Lecture course within the International MS Program Nano-Science and Nano-Technology for Civil Engineering at the Polytech Lille (University of Lille 1).



New PhD and postdoctoral positions are available from time to time in our team in the area of atomistic computer simulations of materials and processes related to geological disposal of radioactive waste and other geochemical, environmental, and materials science applications. The new positions are usually announced on the Subatech web page. Informal inquiries can also be sent to the address above .

All applicants are expected to have a strong background in physics, chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science, or other related field, a good knowledge of computational chemistry, experience with ab initio and classical MD simulations, and a strong interest in the application of these atomistic modeling techniques to study fundamental properties of technologically, environmentally and geochemically important materials.

PhD students are usually supported for 3 years to work towards their Ph.D. degree in Physics or Chemistry within the joint Doctoral School 3M - "Matter, Molecules, and Materials" of the ComUE Université Bretagne Loire .