Valentina’s research strongly focuses on the use and development of computational techniques to model materials, minerals, phase transitions and interactions at interfaces. She has worked across disciplines, in particular, chemistry, material science and geology.






Valentina has experience in modeling a wide range of systems, such as inorganic minerals, polymers, fuels, peptides and pharmaceutical molecules. She has extensive knowledge of multi-scale molecular (ab initio, classical molecular dynamics, coarse-grained) simulations, enhanced sampling techniques, force field parameterization, software development and management of computational resources. She has worked alongside experimental groups (Profs Greenwell and Hodgkinson groups in Durham University, Profs O’Hare and Fraser groups in University of Oxford, Krivovichev group in St Petersburg State University). Valentina works on developing methodologies to bridge the experimental and computational sciences. To date, Valentina’s work provided insights into the mechanisms behind several macroscopic phenomena, from industrial to fundamental ones.

Valentina came to the UK from Russia to do her undergraduate degree in chemistry, math, and geology at 16. She then secured a prestigious Overseas Research Student Award Scheme to sponsor her overseas PhD tuition fees.

Valentina has a superb record in terms of public understanding of science and bringing scientific discoveries to a wider audience. She has acted as a scientific editor, and later editor-in-chief, in the interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal Kaleidoscope. She has also been involved in numerous STEM activities such The Big Bang (Largest STEM celebration in the UK) and FameLab (World’s leading science communication competition), and closely worked with schools in Durham area. Valentina has been interviewed in scientific radio programs discussing her career, and research.