Dr. Igor Sokolov, PhD

Mechanical Engineering
Tufts University,  MA, USA

Hangout Topic: Title:Atomic Force Microscopy: Towards Medical Applications.
Hangout  Schedule: Dec 20th: 11 am EST, 10 am CST, 8 am PST, 9.30 pm IST

Dr. Igor Sokolov 

mechanics at the micro- and nano-scale, mechanics of cells, molecules, and polymers, self-assembly of advanced materials, fluorescent sensors, soft condensed matter, physics of cancer, friction in oils, atomic force microscopy, Raman spectroscopy

Igor Sokolov received his B.S. in physics from St. Petersburg State University and his Ph.D. from D.I. Mendeleev Central Institute for Metrology, both in Russia. In 1992, he was the recipient of the E.L. Ginzton International Fellowship Award from Stanford University for his work on atomic force microscopy. Sokolov worked as a research associate in the University of Toronto's Departments of Microbiology, Physics, and Chemistry before moving to Clarkson University in 2000 to join the Physics Department, where he achieved the title of professor and served as director of the Nanoengineering and Biotechnology Laboratories Center.

During his career, Sokolov has consulted for large corporations such as Proctor and Gamble, General Electric, Arkema Group, Inc. and Purdue Pharma. He has more than 150 refereed publications, including in journals such as NatureNature NanotechnologyPhysical Review Letters, and Advanced Materials. He holds 20 patents (issued and pending).

Ph.D., Physics, D.I. Mendeleev Institute of Metrology, 1991
B.S., Physics, St. Petersburg State University, 1984
Professional Experience: 

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tufts School of Engineering

  • 2013-present: Professor
  • 2013-present: Bernard M. Gordon Senior Faculty Fellow

Adjunct Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Tufts School of Engineering, and Department of Physics, Tufts School of Arts & Sciences


Clarkson University

  • 2008-2013: Professor, Departments of Physics and Chemical and Biomolecular Science
  • 2008-2013: Member, Center for Sustainable Energy Systems
  • 2007-2013: Director, Nanoengineering and Biotechnology Center
  • 2006-2008: Associate Professor, Departments of Physics and Chemical and Biomolecular Science
  • 2000-2005: Assistant Professor, Departments of Physics and Chemical and Biomolecular Science
  • 2000-2013: Member, Center for Advanced Material Processing

University of Toronto

  • 1995-2000: Research Associate, Departments of Physics and Chemistry
  • 1994-1995: Research Associate, Department of Microbiology

Research Engineer, St. Petersburg Institute for Technology

Selected Honors and Awards: 
2016: Paper on fractal and cancer selected as highlight of 2015, New Journal of Physics
2015: Study on aging cells highlighted, Chemical & Engineering News Magazine
2012: Nanostethoscope research selected as meeting highlight, out of 9000 presentations; American Physical Society Meeting
2011: Work on cell fractal highlighted on main page, American Institute of Physics
2009: Veeco Labs Research Award, HarmoniX Innovation
2007: Member, Million Dollar Club, Clarkson University (for PIs with over $1M in support)
2006: The Graham Research Award, Clarkson University
2005: Simon Greenberg Foundation Scholarship Award
1996: Award for Visiting National Institute of Metals, Japanese Ministry of Education
1993-1994: Soros Grant for Fundamental Research
1994-1992: E.L. Ginzton International Fellowship Award, Stanford University
1985, 1986: Best Young Researcher of the Year, D.I. Mendeleev Metrology Institute
Professional Memberships: 
Materials Research Society (MRS)
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
American Physical Society (APS)
American Chemical Society (ACS)
Biophysical Society (ACS)
Teaching/Courses Taught: 
Forces at the Nanoscale
Introduction to Scanning Probe Microscopy
Numerical Methods
Mechanics at the Nanoscale