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Leonid Pismen

Professor Emeritus

Personal Info

Ph.D. 1963, Karpov Physico-Chemical Institute, Moscow.

Research Fields

Research in theory of transport processes and dynamics o nonlinear non- equilibrium systems, especially in physico-chemical and biological applications.

Research Topics

Multiscale mechanisms of epithelial patterning and morphogenesis
A system-level study of epithelial morphogenesis focused on diversity and dynamics of their expression patterns, mechanisms of pattern formation, and connection between patterning and morphogenesis. An international project funded by Human Frontier Science Program, in cooperation with Princeton University, University Paris VI, and Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (Dresden).
Patterns and Defects in Nonlinear Systems
Development of analytical and numerical tools for study of formation and evolution of patterns in nonlinear systems, in particular, reaction-diffusion systems and optical feedback devices. Study of distorted patterns and other media with spontaneously broken symmetry dominated by interaction and motion of defects (supported by Minerva Center for Nonlinear Physics of Complex Systems).
Motion of Contact Lines and Dynamics of Interfaces
Study of motion and stability of three-phase boundaries under the influence of intermolecular forces and transport processes; mechanisms and scenarios of the interfacial instabilities


L.M.Pismen, Patterns and Interfaces in Dissipative Dynamics, Springer Series in Synergetics, 2006


L. M. Pismen and J. Eggers, Solvability condition for the moving contact line, Phys. Rev. E 78, 056304 (2008).

A. Yochelis, E. Knobloch, and L.M. Pismen, Formation and mobility of droplets on composite layered substrates , Eur. Phys. J. E 22, 41 (2007).

L.M. Pismen, Perturbation theory for traveling droplet, Phys. Rev. E 74, 041605 (2006).

M.I.Monine, L.M.Pismen, and R.Imbihl, A realistic kinetic Monte Carlo simulation of the faceting of a Pt(110) surface under reaction conditions, J. Chem. Phys., 121, 11332 (2004).

L.M. Pismen and Y. Pomeau, Mobility and interactions of weakly nonwetting droplets, Physics of Fluids, 16 2604 (2004).

A.A.Golovin and L.M.Pismen, Dynamic phase separation: from coarsening to turbulence via structure formation, Chaos, 14 845 (2004).

L.M.Pismen, Vortices in Nonlinear Fields, Oxford University Press, 1999 International Series of Monographs on Physics, v.100