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Alex Smolyanitsky

Alex (Sasha) Smolyanitsky is a CNST/CU Boulder Postdoctoral Researcher in the Nanofabrication Research Group. He received B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University. His doctoral research focused on theoretical characterization and numerical modeling of ionic charge carrier transport in aqueous environments through nanoscale structures, including protein ion channels and silica-based nanopores. He joined the NIST staff in Boulder Colorado in April 2010 as a National Research Council (NRC) Postdoctoral Research Associate. In the Material Measurement Laboratory, he focused on modeling the lattice and surface/interface properties of solids with strong emphasis on graphene and other carbon allotropes. In 2013, Sasha joined the CNST, where he is working with Rachel Cannara developing new methods to characterize and model the frictional behavior of atomically thin layers. 

Selected Publications

  • Adhesion-dependent negative friction coefficient on chemically modified graphite at the nanoscale, Z. Deng, A. Smolyanitsky, Q. Li, X.-Q. Feng, and R. J. Cannara, Nature Materials 11, 1032–1037 (2012).
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  • Anomalous friction in suspended graphene, A. Smolyanitsky and J. P. Killgore, Physical Review B 86, 125432 (2012).
  • Effect of elastic deformation on frictional properties of few-layer graphene, A. Smolyanitsky, J. P. Killgore, and V. K. Tewary, Physical Review B 85, 035412 (2012).
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CNST/ CU Boulder Postdoctoral Researcher
Nanofabrication Research Group


B.S. Electrical Engineering – Illinois Institute of Technology

M.S. Electrical Engineering – Illinois Institute of Technology

Ph.D. Electrical Engineering – Arizona State University

Phone: 303-497-6577