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Alexey Snezhko

Group Leader, Physicist



  • Ph.D., Physics and Materials Research, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, 2001
  • M.Sc. Degree in Physics summa cum laude, Donetsk State University, Donetsk, Ukraine, 1996

Professional Experience

  • 2008-present Physicist, Materials Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory
  • 2006-2008 Enrico Fermi Fellow, Materials Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory
  • 2004-2006 Postdoctoral Researcher, Materials Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory
  • 2002-2004 Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of South Carolina
  • 1996-2002 Research Scientist, Department of Low Temperature Physics, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

Select Awards

  • Argonne Board of Governors’ Distinguished Performance Award, University of Chicago, USA (2014)
  • Enrico Fermi Fellowship, Argonne National Laboratory, Illinois, USA (2006)

Research Interests

  • Out-of-equilibrium self-assembly and collective dynamics at micro and nano scales
  • Emergent phenomena in complex systems, active colloids

Select Publications

  • Polar state reversal in active fluids”
    B. Zhang, H. Yuan, A. Sokolov, M. O. de la Cruz, A. Snezhko
    Nature Physics 18, 154-159 (2022)
  • Reconfigurable emergent patterns in active chiral fluids”
    B. Zhang, A. Sokolov, A. Snezhko
    Nature Communications 11, 4401 (2020)
  • Emergence of radial tree of bend stripes in active nematics”
    A. Sokolov, A. Mozaffari, R. Zhang, J. de Pablo, A. Snezhko
    Physical Review X 9, 031014 (2019)
  • Driving self-assembly and emergent dynamics in colloidal suspensions by time-dependent magnetic fields
    J. Martin, A. Snezhko
    Reports on Progress in Physics 76, 126601 (2013)
  • Active turbulence in a gas of self-assembled spinners”
    G. Kokot, S. Das, R. Winkler, G. Gompper, I. Aranson, A. Snezhko
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 114, 12870 (2017)
  • Magnetic manipulation of self-assembled colloidal asters
    A. Snezhko, I. Aranson
    Nature Materials 10, 698 (2011)
  • Manipulation of emergent vortices in swarms of magnetic rollers”
    G. Kokot,  A. Snezhko
    Nature Communications 9, 2344 (2018)
  • Self-assembled magnetic surface swimmers
    A. Snezhko, M. Belkin, I. S. Aranson, W.-K. Kwok
    Physical Review Letters 99, 158301 (2009)
  • Surface wave assisted self-assembly of multidomain magnetic structures
    A. Snezhko, I. S. Aranson, W.-K. Kwok
    Physical Review Letters 96, 078701 (2006)
  • Flocking ferromagnetic colloids”
    A. Kaiser, A.Snezhko, I. Aranson
    Science Advances 3e1601469 (2017)
  • Magnetic nanoparticles as efficient bulk pinning centers in type-II superconductors
    A. Snezhko, T. Prozorov, R. Prozorov
    Physical Review B 71, 024527 (2005)
  • Reconfigurable structure and tunable transport in synchronized active spinner materials
    K. Han, G. Kokot, S Das, R.G. Winkler, G. Gompper, A. Snezhko
    Science Advances 6, eaaz8535 (2020)