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Associate Professor

Mechanical Engineering

3072-G SERC
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  • Ph.D., Fluid Mechanics, St. Petersburg State University, Russia, 1996
  • M.S., Applied Mathematics, St. Petersburg State University, Russia, 1995
  • M.S., Aerospace Engineering, Baltic State Technical University, Russia, 1993


Dr. Alexey Volkov is an associate professor in the department of mechanical engineering at The University of Alabama. He received his doctorate degree in fluid mechanics from St. Petersburg State University in 1996. Since then, he served as an associate professor at the department of plasma- and gas dynamics of Baltic State Technical University until 2007, when he joined the University of Virginia as a research scientist.

He published 48 papers in peer-review journals, 40 papers in conference proceedings, five book chapters, three textbooks, co-authored 20 invited talks and 152 contributed conference/workshop presentations, advised one doctorate and nine master’s students.

In the mechanical engineering department at The University of Alabama, he served as a principal investigator or co-PI of eight externally funded projects. He currently advices four doctorate students.

In 2016, he became a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award. His research interests are related to problems that require multiscale and multi-physics computational approaches and high-performance computing, including laser-material interaction and laser processing; metal-based additive manufacturing and selective laser melting; mechanical and thermal properties of carbon nanotube-based materials and nanocomposites; rarefied and two-phase gas dynamics; and gas-assisted technologies of material fabrication.

Honors and Awards

  • Marie Curie Research Fellowship from the European Community, Transfer of Knowledge Program (2006, 2007)
  • Awards of the Federation of Cosmonautics of Russia for the Best Presentations at the first and second International Science and Engineering Conferences “Modern problems of aerospace science and technology” (2001, 2002)
  • Science Fellowship for Outstanding Young Scientists from the government of Russia (1995)
  • Soros Graduate Student Scholarship (1995)
  • CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, 2016

Areas of Research

Latest Publications

  • Palya, O. A. Ranjbar, Z. Lin, A. N. Volkov, Kinetic simulations of laser-induced plume expansion into a background gas under conditions of spatial confinement, J. Heat Mass Transfer 132, pp 1029-1052 (2019).
  • Wittmaack, A. N. Volkov, L. V. Zhigilei, Phase transformation as the mechanism of mechanical deformation of vertically aligned carbon nanotube arrays: Insights from mesoscopic modeling, Carbon 143, pp. 587-597 (2019).
  • A. Ranjbar, Z. Lin, A. N. Volkov, One-dimensional kinetic simulations of plume expansion induced by multipulse laser irradiation in the burst mode at 266 nm wavelength, Vacuum 157, pp. 361-375 (2018).
  • Palya, O. A. Ranjbar, Z. Lin, A. N. Volkov, Effect of the background gas pressure on the effectiveness of laser-induced material removal from deep cavities in irradiated targets, Phys. A 124, 38 (2018).
  • Volkov, L. V. Zhigilei, Melt dynamics and melt-through time in continuous wave laser heating of metal films: Contributions of the recoil vapor pressure and Marangoni effects, Int. J. Heat Mass Transfer 112, pp. 300-317 (2017).