Kostya Trachenkopho
Reader in Physics, School of Physics and Astronomy, Queen Mary University of London, email k.trachenko-at-qmul.ac.uk

Before joining QMUL, I was a PhD student and an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellow in Cambridge.

My research interests mostly lie in theoretical and computational condensed matter physics: fundamental theory of liquid and supercritical states of matter, glass transition, glasses, high pressure and radiation damage effects including in nuclear waste forms and fusion reactors. I am also interested in links between field theory and condensed matter physics (liquids). Here are representative publications in these areas. Examples of some earlier and current research are here.

I enjoy working with both graduate and undergraduate students and received the Golden Corduroy Jacket award for best teaching. My PhD students are awarded major international prizes, complete their projects in less than 3 years and receive (and decline) job offers from research centers such as Cornell, Oak Ridge Lab, MIT and Kings College. Please get in touch about a PhD project.

Some recent highlights in news and media:
- Vacuum energy gets flexible - IoP news
- Paper on slow bitumen flow - highlights in BBC Feature Article,
New Scientist and Physics World. The video abstract is here.
- What separates a liquid from a gas? - New understanding of supercritical state in Physics Today
- New phonon theory of liquid thermodynamics - highlight by Physics World
- IoP highlight story about the
first glimpse into radiation damage processes inside a fusion reactor

Animations of atomic motions in liquids, glasses and radiation damage from molecular dynamics simulations