Sergey Mikhalev

gabinete: 3.2.12
extensão: 26210
telefone externo: +351 918 415 948


Research group: Nanotecnology Research Group (NRD)

short cv

Education and Qualifications

March 2013 – now: Postdoctoral researcher. Project BPD_PTDC/CTM-CER/109843/2009, CICECO, University of Aveiro, Portugal

2010-2012: Postdoctoral researcher. Mechanical Engineering Department, TEMA, University of Aveiro, Portugal

2008- 2010: Postdoctoral researcher. Department of Ceramics and Glass Engineering, CICECO, University of Aveiro, Portugal

2007-2008: Engineer, specialist of the group of companies “Pack-Servis” (Ekaterinburg, Russia)

2004-2007: Assistant Professor, Department of Rare Metals and Nanomaterials, USTU-UPI. Deputy Dean of Physical-Engineering Faculty USTU-UPI, Russia

2005: Associate Researcher, University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal

2003-2004: Assistant Lecturer, Department of Rare Metals, USTU-UPI, Russia.

2000-2004: Post-graduate: Research in electrochemistry (kinetics of electrode reductions, electrodeposition and electrorefining of hafnium in molten halides) in Ural State Technical University, Department of Rare Metals, Russia.. PhD in Technical Sciences. Thesis entitled "Electrolytic deposition and refining of hafnium metal in chloride melts" (academic supervisor Prof. L. F. Yamschikov) defended on January 19, 2004.

1998-2000: Engineer, Department of Rare Metals, USTU-UPI, Russia

1994-2000: Undergraduate student, Ural State Technical University - UPI, Physical-Engineering Faculty, Department of Rare Metals, Russia. Degree of Engineer in Chemical Technology of Materials of Modern Energetics

Graduation work: “Kinetics of electrode reactions in beryllium containing chloride and chloride-fluoride melts”, scientific supervisor Prof. O. I. Rebrin.

Courses studied include: Higher mathematics; General chemistry; Physical chemistry; Radiochemistry; Physico-chemical methods of analysis; Processes and apparatus of chemical technology; Principles of solid state chemistry and technology; Chemistry of molten salts; Chemistry and technology of Li, Be, Ca, Nb and Ta, and their compounds; Chemistry and technology of uranium and its compounds; Chemistry and technology of Zr, Hf and Th, and their compounds; Nuclear chemical technology; Crystallography and mineralogy; General physics; Atomic physics; X-radiography; Dosimetry and protection; Informatics and programming; Electronic engineering; Electrical engineering; Waste reprocessing; History; Philosophy; Economic theory; English; Russian Law; Management.

Professional training at: electrometallurgy of vanadium (June-July 1997), zinc electrolysis plant (July-August 1998).

Military training: lieutenant, army reserve.

1992: Automobile mechanic.

1984-1994: Secondary School No. 87, Ekaterinburg, Russia

(Exams taken: Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Russian, English, History and Sociology, Literature).


1998-2000: Stipendiary of the Ministry of Atomic Energy of Russian Federation

2007: Diploma of the Ekaterinburg Municipal Duma

Scientific Interests and Research-Related Skills

My main scientific interests are connected with the research of electrochemical reactions as well as electrodeposition and electrooxidation processes which occurs under abnormal conditions (high temperature, high vacuum, controlled composition atmosphere).

I have experience in the following fields:

- Electrodeposition of active elemental materials (silicon, germanium, hafnium, zirconium, vanadium, beryllium) from melted salts. Experience of electrooxidation in aqueous and molten salts media.

- Electrodeposition of thin metal films for corrosion protection.

- Development of metal chlorination processes with extension for use in semi-industrial environment.

- Electrochemistry of aqueous and non-aqueous solutions and halide melts. I have studied thermodynamic, kinetic and electrochemical properties of halide melts, containing hafnium, niobium, beryllium and vanadium by EMF (electro motive force) method, potentiometry, voltammetry in the galvanostatic regime, chronopotentiometry and in various conditions with the regulating and reversing current.

- Experience in investigating possible applications of molten salt media for technological purposes, including electroplating, refining, nuclear reactor fuels production and reprocessing.

- Experience in the classical methods of analysis, as well as several instrumental analytical techniques (Chromatography, XRD, ICP, Atom Adsorption Spectroscopy, Atom Emission Spectroscopy, SEM, EDS, etc.)

- Experience in development and construction of high-vacuum high-temperature apparatus for selective partitioning of metals (by simultaneous reduction reaction and vacuum distillation).

- Determination of corrosion resistance of stainless steels in high-temperature halide melts.

- Design, assembling and automatization of coulometric titration, oxygen permeability and impedance measurement setups. Characterization of ion-exchange membranes and SOFC cells.

- Service of microwave ovens for rapid sintering of oxide ceramics.

Skills in Equipment Development and Automatisation

I have experience in the design, construction and building-up of apparatus for high-temperature electrolysis, from laboratory to semi-industrial scale, including welding and machining of construction materials.

In 2008, in a laboratory of solid state electrochemistry in Aveiro, I have assembled a full automated setup for conductivity relaxation studies. I have experience in programming using C++ for scientific measurement systems, including parts by National Instruments, Quancom, Agilent, Eurothem, Yokogawa, Fluke, Eurotherm and Angelatoni Industrie.


1. A.D. Brandão, I. Antunes, J.R. Frade, J. Torre, S.M. Mikhalev, D.P. Fagg, "Mechanochemical preparation, sintering aids and hybrid microwave sintering in the proton conductor", International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2012, (37), 7252-7261.

2. O.I. Rebrin, R.Yu. Scherbakov, S.M. Mikhalev, "Polarisation of beryllium anode in molten lithium-potassium chloride eutectic. I. Stationary processes". Rasplavy (Melts), 2000, (5), 70-78.

3. O.I. Rebrin, R.Yu. Scherbakov, S.M. Mikhalev, "Polarisation of beryllium anode in molten lithium-potassium chloride eutectic. II. Non-stationary processes". Rasplavy (Melts), 2001, (1), 10-13.

4. O.I. Rebrin, R.Yu. Scherbakov, S.M. Mikhalev, "Polarization of beryllium anode in (LiCl-KCl)BeCl2 melt. I. Stationary processes", Rasplavy (Melts), 2002, (2), 23 - 29.

5. O.I. Rebrin, R.Yu. Scherbakov, S.M. Mikhalev, "Polarization of beryllium anode in (LiCl-KCl)BeCl2 melt. II. Non-stationary processes", Rasplavy (Melts), 2002, (2), 30-34.

6. O.I. Rebrin, R.Yu. Scherbakov, I.B. Polovov, S.M. Mihalev, V.A. Volkovich. "Investigation of kinetics of electrode processes in halide melts, containing beryllium, vanadium, niobium and hafnium", in: 201st Meeting of the Electrochemical Society, Philadelphia, 2002, 1425.

7. O.I. Rebrin, R.Yu. Scherbakov, I.B. Polovov, S.M. Mihalev, A.S. Muhamadeev, B.D. Vasin, V.A. Volkovich, "Investigation of kinetics of electrode processes in halide melts, containing beryllium, vanadium, niobium and hafnium", in: Molten Salts XIII, Proc. Thirteenth Int. Symp. Molten Salts, The Electrochem. Soc., Pennington, 2002, 460-472.

8. O.I. Rebrin, R.Yu. Scherbakov, S.M. Mikhalev, "Kinetics of process of cathodic reduction of beryllium. I. Study of nature of "second wave" on polarization curves", Rasplavy (Melts), 2003, (2), 29- 36.

9. V.V._Kharton,_E.V._Tsipis,_Yu.S._Fedotov,_E.N._Naumovich,_S.M._Mikhalev et. al., “Intermediate Temperature Oxygen Diffusion and Intercalation Processes in YBaCo4O7+δ (δ=0-1.5)”, 18th International Conference on Solid State Ionics. July 3 - 8, 2011. Warsaw, Poland

10. O.I. Rebrin, R.Yu. Scherbakov, S.M. Mikhalev, "Kinetics of process of cathodic reduction of beryllium. III. Non-stationary processes", Rasplavy (Melts), 2003, (5), 76-83.

Industrial and research collaborations during last 5 years

- Acting consultant for the company Astron ltd. on the subject of titanium and zirconium metallurgy.

- JSC «Chepetsky Mechanical Plant» (Glazov, Russia)- developments of electrochemical methods for obtaining hafnium and silicon metal.

- Department of Ceramics and Glass Engineering, University of Aveiro (Portugal)- development of new experimental setups for the studies of electrode processes in salt and alkali melts.

- Institute of Solid State Chemistry, Ural Division of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Ekaterinburg, Russia)- development of new experimental setups.

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