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Anisimov, Mikhail

Mikhail Anisimov


Ph.D., Moscow State University, 1969

Research Interests 

Mesoscopic and nanoscale thermodynamics, critical phenomena, phase transitions in soft matter.

Current Research Projects 

Supercooled Water
We have demonstrated that a theoretical model based on the presumed existence of a liquid–liquid critical point (LLCP) in water in the deeply supercooled region is capable of representing, accurately and consistently, all available experimental thermodynamic property data for supercooled ordinary and heavy water.

Self-Assembly of Small Molecules in Aqueous Solutions
By using experimental techniques such as static and dynamic light scattering and optical confocal microscopy, we are investigating the nature of  mesoscopic heterogeneities of certain aqueous solution.

Study of "Smooth" Interfaces
We are also studying the effect of fluctuations on the behavior of smooth (or "fuzzy") interfaces. The examples include near-critical vapor-liquid and liquid-liquid interfaces in simple and complex fluids, interfaces in polymer solutions and polymer blends, liquid membranes and vesicles. A broader impact of this research includes filtration through microporous media in oil recovery, microfluidics, nanoscale liquid bridges, and nucleation phenomena: wherever science and technology deal with fluid droplets at submicron and nano scales.

Honors and Awards 

  • Member, New York Academy of Sciences
  • Fellow, AIChE
  • Fellow, APS
  • Fellow, AAAS
  • Fellow, International Academy of Refrigeration
  • Fellow, Newtonian Society

Selected Publications 

V. Holten, C. E. Bertrand, M. A. Anisimov, and J. V. Sengers, "Thermodynamics of supercooled water", J. Chem. Phys. 136, 094507 (2012).

C. E. Bertrand, J. F. Nicoll, and M. A. Anisimov, "Comparison of Complete Scaling and a Field-Theoretical Treatment of Asymmetric Fluid Criticality", Phys. Rev. E 85, 031131 (2012).

M. A. Anisimov, "Fifty years of breakthrough discoveries in fluid criticality", Int. J. Thermophys. 32, 2001–2009 (2011).

D. Bedeaux, J.M. Ortiz de Zárate, I. Pagonabarraga, J.V. Sengers, and S. Kjelstrup, "Concentration fluctuations in non-isothermal reaction-diffusion systems II: The nonlinear case", J. Chem. Phys. 135, 124516 (2011).

J.M. Ortiz de Zárate and J.V. Sengers, "Hydrodynamic fluctuations in laminar fluid flow. I. Fluctuating Orr-Sommerfeld equation", J. Stat. Phys. 144,774-792 (2011).

D. Subramanian and M. A. Anisimov, "Resolving the mystery of aqueous solutions of tertiary butyl alcohol", J. Phys. Chem. B 115, 9179-9183 (2011)

J.M. Ortiz de Zárate, D. Bedeaux, I. Pagonabarraga, J.V. Sengers, and S. Kjelstrup, "Nonisothermal diffusion-reaction with nonlinear Kramers kinetics", Comptes Rendus Mecanique 339, 287-291 (2011)

C. E. Bertrand and M. A. Anisimov, "Interfacial entropy profile in the one-loop approximation", Ukrainian Journal of Physics (invited paper) 56, 779-783, 2011.

C. E. Bertrand, J. V. Sengers, and M. A. Anisimov, "Critical behavior of the dielectric constant in asymmetric fluids", J. Phys. Chem. B 115, 14000–14007 (2011).

C. E. Bertrand, and M. A. Anisimov, "The peculiar thermodynamics of the second critical point in supercooled water", J. Phys. Chem. B 115, 14099–14111 (2011).

D. Subramanian, D. A. Ivanov, I. K. Yudin, M. A. Anisimov, and Jan V. Sengers, "Mesoscale inhomogeneities in aqueous solutions of 3-Methylpyridine and tertiary Butyl Alcohol", J. Chem. Eng. Data 56, 1238–1248 (2011).

C. E. Bertrand and M. A. Anisimov, "Complete scaling for inhomogeneous fluids", Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 205702 (2010)

K. L. Linegar, A. E. Adeniran, A. F. Kostko, and M. A. Anisimov, "Hydrodynamic radius of polyethylene glycol in solution obtained by dynamic light scattering", Colloid Journal 72, 279-281 (2010)

J.V. Sengers and J.M. Ortiz de Zárate, "Velocity fluctuations in laminar fluid flow", J. Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics 165, pp. 925-931 (2010)

G. Pérez-Sánchez, P. Losada-Pérez,C.A. Cerdeiriña, J.V. Sengers, and M.A. Anisimov, "Asymmetric criticality in weakly compressible liquid mixtures", J. Chem. Phys. 132, 154502 (2010).

D. Bedeaux,I. Pagonabarraga, J.M. Ortiz de Zárate, J.V. Sengers, and S. Kjelstrup, "Mesoscopic non-equilibrium thermodynamics of non-isothermal reaction-diffusion", Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 12, pp. 12780-12793 (2010).

Kh.S. Abdulkadirova, C.J. Peters, J.V. Sengers, and M.A. Anisimov, "An isomorphic Peng-Robinson equation for phase-equilibria properties of hydrocarbon mixtures in the critical region", J. Supercritical Fluids 55, pp. 594-602 (2010).

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Related News 

Anisimov Named Distinguished University Professor
Mikhail Anisimov has been named a University of Maryland (UMD) Distinguished University Professor, the most prestigious internal honor on the campus. September 6, 2016

Anisimov Wins Yeram S. Touloukian Award
Professor recognized by ASME for work in thermophysics. March 26, 2015

Anisimov Receives USM Regents' Award
Professor recognized for exemplary scholarship and research. February 26, 2015

Anisimov Elected to AIChE Fellowship
Professor recognized by chemical engineering society for accomplishments in thermodynamics. May 6, 2014

NSF Program Helps Postdoc Prepare for Industrial Translation
Deepa Subramanian (Ph.D. '12) designed colloids with long-term stability. July 23, 2013

Anisimov Elected to Russian Academies of Engineering and Natural Sciences
UMD professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering elected as a foreign member of both Russian Academies. March 31, 2013

International Association Adopts Guideline Authored by ChBE Alumna, Faculty
Fuentevilla refines equations defining critical parameters of aqueous salt solutions. January 9, 2013

Sengers Honored
Professor Emeritus recognized at 109th Statistical Mechanics Conference. December 19, 2012

Anisimov Group Seeks Critical Point of Supercooled Water
American Chemical Society grant supports new study. October 10, 2012

Anisimov Celebrated at International Symposium
Event held in honor of professor's 70th birthday, distinguished career in thermodynamics. May 4, 2012

2011-2012 ChBE Undergraduate Awards
Exceptional students recognized by the Department, Clark School, and professional societies. April 20, 2012

Subramanian Wins GRID Session for Talk on Colloidal Systems
Grad student honored for work on organic aqueous solutions with long-term stability. April 19, 2012

Subramanian Wins Gordon Research Conference Travel Award
Grad student invited to present current work in Santa Barbara, Ca. February 15, 2012

Sengers Chairs Task Force for New International Formulation of Thermal Conductivity of Water and Steam
International Association for the Properties of Water and Steam adopts new standard as of January 2012. February 1, 2012

Sengers Honored at Burgers Symposium
Event celebrates professor's 80th birthday and career in research and education. December 9, 2011

Subramanian Wins Best Poster Award at Water Conference
Grad student receives Gilbert Ling Poster Award for work on nanoscale inhomogeneities. November 4, 2011

Subramanian Wins International Thermodynamic Poster Award
Grad student presents work on self-assembly at European symposium. August 2, 2011

2010-2011 ChBE Undergraduate Awards
Exceptional students recognized by the Department, Clark School, and professional societies. April 19, 2011

Anisimov Elected to Cosmos Club
Professor joins community of distinguished scholars. April 11, 2011

Subramanian Wins Travel Awards
Anisimov group member will present work on self-assembly in St. Petersburg. March 18, 2011

Anisimov Spends Sabbatical at Petroleum Institute
Professor builds DSL lab for engineering school in United Arab Emirates. October 19, 2009

Gonzales, Subramanian Win Department Research Awards
Grad students recognized for work on thesis, dissertation. June 18, 2009

Fuentevilla Receives Best Paper Award
Recognition at 15th International Conference on the Properties of Water and Steam. September 25, 2008

Anisimov, Sengers, Fuentevilla and St. Pierre at ICPWS
Faculty and grad students present work on properties of water and steam. September 24, 2008

Greer Wins Poole and Kent Teaching Award for Senior Faculty
Professor recognized for dedication to teaching, ethics, and supporting female students. May 23, 2008

Alumnus Becomes Faculty at Tianjin University
Jingtao Wang accepts position as an associate professor. January 25, 2008

Anisimov Group Makes Its Mark
Students present research, win funding. September 20, 2007

Fond Farewell to Graduates
Nariman Farvardin presides over final graduation as Clark School dean. May 21, 2007

Wang Wins Faculty Service Award
Professor recognized for service to department and the Clark School. May 21, 2007

Anisimov Wins Clark School Faculty Teaching Award
Professor recognized for "commitment and dedication" to teaching. May 21, 2007

ChBE Student Presents at IPST, Publishes in Top Journal
Fuentevilla invited to seminar to speak on supercooling. December 11, 2006

Anisimov Receives Foundation for Science and Technology Award
Anisimov presents at distinguished lecture series in Japan. February 13, 2006

Anisimov to Organize Special Sessions
Professor Anisimov has been invited to organize special topic sessions at the 16th Symposium on Thermophysical Properties. January 17, 2006