Lynden-Bell award is named after the British chemist Ruth Marion Lynden-Bell (7 December 1937), fellow of the Royal Society and emeritus professor of Queen's University Belfast and the University of Cambridge. The prize is the recognition of a working life trajectory in ionic liquids. The nominations were be done by the members of the honor committee.
We are pleased to announce that ILMAT's Honor Committee has awarded the 1st Lynden-Bell award to Prof. Alexei Kornyshev in recognition of his outstanding career in the field of ionic systems within condensed matter theoretical chemical physics. The award will be presented personally by Prof. Lynden-Bell to Prof. Kornyshev during the conference in October when he will give an award lecture. Entitled: New Horizons in Ionics: Electrochemical ‘Metamaterials’
Alexei Kornyshev graduated in 1970 from the Moscow Institute of Engineering Physics with a degree in theoretical nuclear physics. He matured as a scientist at the Frumkin Institute of Electrochemistry (Acad.Sci.) in Moscow, where he did there his PhD (1974) with Prof. R.R.Dogonadze in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics and DSc in Chemistry (1986), having worked there till 1991. In 1992 he was invited to Research Centre Jülich, Germany, where he then worked for 10 years leading a Theory Division in the Institute for Materials and Processes in Energy Systems of Research Centre “Juelich”, Germany, a position combined later with a Professorship of Theoretical Physics at the University of Düsseldorf. In 2002 he joined Imperial College London where he holds a chair of Chemical Physics since then.
His interests span widely in theoretical condensed matter chemical physics and its application to electrochemistry, nanoscience, biological physics and energy research, using methods of theoretical physics and computer simulations, and working in close collaboration with experimentalists. An author of >250 original, refereed papers published in physics and chemistry journals, and ≈30 monographic/feature articles and book-chapters, he is known by his works in the theory of solvation; solid-liquid and liquid-liquid electrochemical interfaces (including functionalised and electrovariable interfaces); electron and proton transfer in complex environment (including membranes and complex electrodes) and single
molecules; physical theory of fuel cells; interaction, recognition and assembly of biomolecules, DNA biophysics. In the area of the latter he has performed a series of works published together with S.Leikin (NIH) known as Kornyshev and Leikin theory, developed further with his co-workers, D.J.(O’)Lee and A.Wynveen. Room temperature ionic liquids at electrified interfaces and in nanoconfinement and their applications to supercapacitors and electroactuators is an important direction of his current research, where since 2007 he has published a series of seminal papers, with M.V.Fedorov, S. Kondrat, R.Qiao, G.Feng and others. In 2010 together with Prof. M. Urbakh (TAU) and Prof. M.Flatte (Univ. Iowa) he has launched “electrovariable nanoplasmonics”, and continues working on the theory of self-assembled electrochemically controlled nanoplasmonic systems since then, cooperating on experimental front with Prof. J. Edel and Prof. A. Kucernak (Imperial College). Together with Prof.Urbakh (TAU) and Prof. F. Bresme he works on the theory of nanoscale friction with ionic liquid lubricants.
Through his research career he has led many international projects with groups in USA, China, Germany, Denmark, Israel, France, Canada, Russia, and Estonia. He was a recipient of 1991 Humboldt Prize in Physical Chemistry/Electrochemistry, 2003 Royal Society Wolfson Award, 2003 Schönbein Silver Medal (“for outstanding contributions to understanding the fundamentals of fuel cells”), 2007 Barker Electrochemistry Medal (“for his pioneering works and outstanding achievements in the application of modern theory of condensed matter to electrochemical systems”), and 2010 Interdisciplinary Prize, Medal and Lectureship of the RSC (“for his many outstanding contributions at the interfaces of chemistry with both physics and with biology”). He is an elected/appointed Fellow of 5 learned societies: IUPAC, Institute of Physics, Royal Society of Chemistry, Royal Society of Biology, International Society of Electrochemistry, and a Foreign Member of the Royal Danish Academy of Science. He is a senior Editorial Panellist of Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group), and is a Member of Editorial Board of Journal of Physics Condensed Matter (IOP) and Advisory Boards of ChemElectroChem (Wiley) and Current Opinion in Electrochemistry. He is an appointed Advisory Professor of HUST, Wuhan, China, with his research there focussed on novel nanomaterials and scenarios for sustainable energy.