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Anisimov, Mikhail

Anisimov, Mikhail

Distinguished University Professor Emeritus
Research Professor
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
2115 IPST Building


Ph.D., Moscow State University, 1969



  • Yeram S. Touloukian Award of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • The University System of Maryland's Board of Regents' Faculty Award
  • Poole and Kent Senior Teaching Award, UMD College Park
  • Foundation for Science and Technology International Award, Japan
  • Member of  the Russian Academy of Engineering
  • Member of  the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences
  • Fellow, AIChE
  • Fellow, APS
  • Fellow, AAAS
  • Fellow, International Academy of Refrigeration


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

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.

  • Mikhail A. Anisimov, Michal Duška, Frédéric Caupin, Lauren E. Amrhein, Amanda Rosenbaum, and Richard J. Sadus, "Thermodynamics of Fluid Polyamorphism.” Physical Review X 8, 011004 (2018). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevX.8.011004
  • Xiong Zheng, Mikhail A. Anisimov, J . V . Sengers, and Maogang He, "Mesoscopic Diffusion of Polyethylene Oxide in Pure and Mixed Solvents", J. Phys.Chem. B  DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.7b10420 (November 13, 2017).
  • Andrei A. Novikov, Anton P. Semenov, Viviana Monje-Galvan, Vladimir N. Kuryakov, Jeffery B. Klauda, and Mikhail A. Anisimov, "Dual Action of Hydrotropes at the Water/Oil Interface J. Phys. Chem. C, 121, 16423−16431 (2017).
  • John W. Biddle, Rakesh S. Singh, Evan M. Sparano, Francesco Ricci, Miguel A. Gonzalez, Chantal Valeriani, Jose L. F. Abascal, Pablo G. Debenedetti, Mikhail A. Anisimov, and Frederic Caupin, “Two-structure thermodynamics for the TIP4P/2005 model of water covering supercooled and deeply stretched regions” J. Chem. Phys. 146, 034502 (2017).
  • Paola Gallo, Katrin Amann-Winkel, Charles Austen Angell, Mikhail Alexeevich Anisimov, Frederic Caupin, Charusita Chakravarty, Erik Lascaris, Thomas Loerting, Athanassios Zois Panagiotopoulos, John Russo, Jonas Alexander Sellberg, Harry Eugene Stanley, Hajime Tanaka, Carlos Vega, Limei Xu, and Lars Gunnar Moody Pettersson, “Water: A Tale of Two Liquids”, Chemical Reviews 116 , 7463-7500 (2016 ).
  • A. E Robertson, D.H. Phan, J. E Macaluso, V. N., Kuryakov, E. V Jouravleva, C. E. Bertrand, I. K. Yudin, and M. A. Anisimov, “Mesoscale solubilization and critical phenomena in binary and quasi binary solutions of hydrotropes”, Fluid Phase Equilibria, 407, 243-254 (2016).
  • Rakesh S. Singh, John W. Biddle, Pablo G. Debenedetti, and Mikhail A. Anisimov, “Two-State Thermodynamics and the Possibility of a Liquid-Liquid Phase Transition in Supercooled TIP4P/2005”, J. Chem. Phys., 144,144504 (2016).
  • 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).
  • Please visit Professor Anisimov's publications page for downloadable versions of these selected publications at www.mesothermal.umd.edu/publications.html

UMD Professor Mikhail Anisimov Receives NSF Grant

Funding will support his research on fluid polyamorphism.

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.

Anisimov Wins Yeram S. Touloukian Award

Professor recognized by ASME for work in thermophysics.

Anisimov Receives USM Regents' Award

Professor recognized for exemplary scholarship and research.

Anisimov Elected to AIChE Fellowship

Professor recognized by chemical engineering society for accomplishments in thermodynamics.

NSF Program Helps Postdoc Prepare for Industrial Translation

Deepa Subramanian (Ph.D. '12) designed colloids with long-term stability.

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.

International Association Adopts Guideline Authored by ChBE Alumna, Faculty

Fuentevilla refines equations defining critical parameters of aqueous salt solutions.

Sengers Honored

Professor Emeritus recognized at 109th Statistical Mechanics Conference.

Anisimov Group Seeks Critical Point of Supercooled Water

American Chemical Society grant supports new study.

Anisimov Celebrated at International Symposium

Event held in honor of professor's 70th birthday, distinguished career in thermodynamics.

Subramanian Wins GRID Session for Talk on Colloidal Systems

Grad student honored for work on organic aqueous solutions with long-term stability.

Subramanian Wins Gordon Research Conference Travel Award

Grad student invited to present current work in Santa Barbara, Ca.

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.

Sengers Honored at Burgers Symposium

Event celebrates professor's 80th birthday and career in research and education.

Subramanian Wins Best Poster Award at Water Conference

Grad student receives Gilbert Ling Poster Award for work on nanoscale inhomogeneities.

Subramanian Wins International Thermodynamic Poster Award

Grad student presents work on self-assembly at European symposium.

2010-2011 ChBE Undergraduate Awards

Exceptional students recognized by the Department, Clark School, and professional societies.

Anisimov Elected to Cosmos Club

Professor joins community of distinguished scholars.

Subramanian Wins Travel Awards

Anisimov group member will present work on self-assembly in St. Petersburg.

Anisimov Spends Sabbatical at Petroleum Institute

Professor builds DSL lab for engineering school in United Arab Emirates.

Gonzales, Subramanian Win Department Research Awards

Grad students recognized for work on thesis, dissertation.

Fuentevilla Receives Best Paper Award

Recognition at 15th International Conference on the Properties of Water and Steam.

Anisimov, Sengers, Fuentevilla and St. Pierre at ICPWS

Faculty and grad students present work on properties of water and steam.

Greer Wins Poole and Kent Teaching Award for Senior Faculty

Professor recognized for dedication to teaching, ethics, and supporting female students.

Alumnus Becomes Faculty at Tianjin University

Jingtao Wang accepts position as an associate professor.

Anisimov Group Makes Its Mark

Students present research, win funding.

Fond Farewell to Graduates

Nariman Farvardin presides over final graduation as Clark School dean.

Wang Wins Faculty Service Award

Professor recognized for service to department and the Clark School.

Anisimov Wins Clark School Faculty Teaching Award

Professor recognized for "commitment and dedication" to teaching.

ChBE Student Presents at IPST, Publishes in Top Journal

Fuentevilla invited to seminar to speak on supercooling.

Anisimov Receives Foundation for Science and Technology Award

Anisimov presents at distinguished lecture series in Japan.