Dr. Irina Novozhilova

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DSB 120
(615) 898-5087
(615) 898-2615
MTSU Box 66 
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

          I was born and raised in Saint Petersburg, Russia.  After completing my bachelor's degree in Geochemistry & Crystallography at Saint Petersburg State University, I came to the United States in 1996 as an international scholar, and later became a graduate student, to do research in the cutting-edge crystallographic laboratory of Dr. Philip Coppens, Distinguished Research Professor of Chemistry at UB and a former President of the International Union of Crystallography. In August 2014, Dr. Coppens' pioneering work on the nitroprusside ion in the early 1990s was named among world's top 10

     As a postdoctoral fellow later on, I also had the opportunity to do research for Dr. Tibor Koritsanszky, Research Chemistry Professor at MTSU, expert X-ray crystallographer and director of IMAGINE, a state-of-the-art neutron image-plate single crystal diffractometer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Dr. Koritsanszky's IMAGINE was profiled in the MTSU President's Biennial Report 2012 (page 9). 

     By the way, the United Nations officially proclaimed the year 2014 as the year of crystallography! IMAGINE that!

     My teaching career began at MTSU in the fall of 2011, when I was hired as an Assistant Professor (full-time temporary faculty) in the Department of Chemistry to teach undergraduate science courses. I enjoy teaching and the opportunity that presents itself to interact with students.    

     I love science and hope that you will experience the beauty of it as a student at the College of Basic & Applied Sciences (CBAS) at MTSU.  CBAS faculty and students perform fascinating scientific investigations!  I strongly encourage you to visit the Departments, learn about the programs and talk to the faculty professors about their research.  Maybe you will find a research area to capture your attention and interest you!

    Speaking of scientific research at MTSU, MT campus is home to the fantastic state-of-the-art stereoscopic 3-dimensional visualization laboratory, abbreviated MT 3-D VizLab, located in the ground floor of Kirksey Old Main (KOM) Building. The MT 3-D VizLab was built entirely from parts by my husband, a self-taught computer genius, Dr. Anatoliy Volkov, who is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry at MTSU. Maybe you will be one of the lucky students to do research using this amazing laboratory! You can read more about MT 3-D VizLab at MTSU alumni webpage or by following the link for "Avatar: Arrives at MTSU!"

Dr. N's research work in scientific publications:

19 peer-reviewed scientific publications:  Including eight publications in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, "the world's preeminent journal in all of chemistry" (quoted from JACS website), and one publication in the most prestigious and highest-ranked chemistry journal Chemical Reviews.