Valeriy Ginzburg


Valeriy Ginzburg

Visiting Professor


Valeriy Ginzburg joined MSU as Visiting Professor in January 2021. His research interests include theory and simulation of polymers and other soft materials (colloids, liquid crystals, emulsions, foams).

Valeriy Ginzburg received his Ph. D. (Physics) in 1992 at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (Russia). After postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Colorado (Boulder) and the University of Pittsburgh, he joined The Dow Chemical Company in Midland, Michigan, in early 2001. Until his retirement from Dow in October 2020, he worked on computational and theoretical approaches to predict polymer and composite properties from structure and processing. His most recent research was in the area of polymer nanocomposites (predicting the dispersion of nanoparticles in polymer matrices), coatings (modeling the rheology of waterborne paints), and polyurethane foams (understanding the interplay between the reaction kinetics, gas bubble nucleation, and thermal conductivity). He is a co-editor of a recent book, “Theory and Modeling of Polymer Nanocomposites” (Springer Nature 2021), and co-author/co-inventor on 15 patents and more than 80 publications. Valeriy Ginzburg is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and recipient of several Dow internal awards.

Research Area
Fellow of the American Physical Society (2014)
Dow Excellence in Science Award (2015)
Ph. D. (Physics) – Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Russia, 1992
B. S. (Physics) – Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Russia, 1989
Valeriy V. Ginzburg, "Mesoscale Modeling of Micellization and Adsorption of Surfactants and Surfactant-Like Polymers in Solution: Challenges and Opportunities", Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 2022, Article ASAP,
Larson, Ronald G., Antony K. Van Dyk, Tirtha Chatterjee, and Valeriy V. Ginzburg. "Associative Thickeners for Waterborne Paints: Structure, Characterization, Rheology, and Modeling." Progress in Polymer Science (2022): 101546,
Valeriy V. Ginzburg, "Modeling the Glass Transition of Free-Standing Polymer Thin Films Using the “SL-TS2” Mean-Field Approach." Macromolecules 55, no. 3 (2022): 873-882,