Vasily Artemov

Senior Research Scientist
Center for Energy Science and Technology

Dr. Vasily Artemov is a Senior Research Scientist at the Skoltech Center for Energy Science and Technology. He is interested in condensed matter physics, electrochemistry, dielectric and infrared spectroscopies. His research is focused on experimental and theoretical studies of water and aqueous electrolytes for energy applications. After the graduation with honors from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology in 2007, he was awarded the PhD degree from the Prokhorov General Physics Institute in 2010. After several stays in Germany, he took the role of head of the dielectric laboratory at the Prokhorov General Physics Institute in Moscow. Several technological startups were founded on the results of basic research in his lab. At the end of 2018, he joined the research group of Professor Henni Ouerdane at Skoltech, where he involved in activities related to broadband dielectric spectroscopy and infrared spectroscopy of water and aqueous media.


2019-current Senior research scientist Center for Energy Science and Technology, Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Moscow, Russia)
2018, 2019 Visiting researcher Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research & 1 Physikalisches Institut, Universität Stuttgart (Stuttgart, Germany)
2018 Visiting researcher University of Leeds (Leeds, UK)
2016-2018 Head of laboratory Prokhorov Institute of General Physics (GPI), Laboratory of intermolecular interactions spectroscopy
2014-2016 PostDoc Lomonosov Moscow State University,
2014 Visiting researcher Experimental Physics V, University of Augsburg (Augsburg, Germany)



  1. Study of water and aqueous electrolytes for energy applications: Theory and experiments.
  2. Novel Materials for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC), and Proton-exchange Membrane Fuel Cells (PEMFC).
  3. Mesoscopic transfer processes and nuclear quantum effects in water and moist substances.
  4. Near-infrared (gas phase) diode laser spectroscopy in chemical processes.
  5. Broadband dielectric spectroscopy for biomedical applications.

Key publications

  1. V. G. Artemov, A. Ryzhov, E. Carlsen, P. O. Kapralov, H. Ouerdane, Non-rotational mechanism of polarization in alcohols, arXiv:2006.10020 [physics.chem-ph]
  2. V. G. Artemov, E. Uykur, S. Roh, A. Pronin, H. Ouerdane, and M. Dressel, Revealing excess protons in the infrared spectrum of liquid water, Scientific Reports, 10, 11320 (2020).
  3. V. G. Artemov, E. Uykur, P. O. Kapralov, A. Kiselev, K. Stevenson, H. Ouerdane, M. Dressel, Anomalously High Proton Conduction of Interfacial Water, J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 11, 3623-3628 (2020).
  4.  V. G. Artemov, A unified mechanism for ice and water electrical conductivity from direct current to terahertz, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 21, pp. 8067 – 8072 (2019).
  5.  A. A. Volkov, V. G. Artemov, A. A. Volkov, N. N. Sysoev, Possible mechanism of molecular motion in liquid water from dielectric spectroscopy data, J. Mol. Liquids, 248, 564-568 (2017).
  6.  V. G. Artemov, Dynamical conductivity of confined water, Meas. Sci. Technol., 28, 014013 (2017).
  7.  V. G. Artemov et al., Conductivity of aqueous HCl, NaOH and NaCl solutions: Is water just a substrate?, Eur. Phys. Lett. 109, 26002 (2016).
  8.  V. G. Artemov, I. A. Ryzhkin, and V. V. Sinitsyn, Similarity of the Dielectric Relaxation Processes and Transport Characteristics in Water and Ice, JETP Letters, 102, 41 (2015).
  9.  A. A. Volkov, V. G. Artemov, A. V. Pronin, A radically new suggestion about the electrodynamics of water: Can the pH index and the Debye relaxation be of a common origin?, Eur. Phys. Lett., 106, 46004 (2014).
  10.  V. G. Artemov et al., Analysis of electric properties of ZrO2-Y2O3 single crystals using teraherz IR and impedance spectroscopy techniques, Russian Journal of Electrochemistry, 50, 690-693 (2014).
  11.  V. G. Artemov, A. A. Volkov, Water and Ice Dielectric Spectra Scaling at 0 °C, Ferroelectrics, 466, 158 (2014).



  1.  V. G. Artemov et al., (2015) A quick way for sorption isotherms determination, Russian Patent.
  2.  V. G. Artemov et al. (2009): A device for molecular-sorption matter analysis. Russian Patent No 86747
  3.  V. G. Artemov (2009): «AquaSoprMeter-09». PC program certificate No 2009613492
2010 Ph.D. in Condensed matter physics Prokhorov Institute of General Physics (GPI), Moscow, Thesis: “Spectroscopy of water molecules during diffusion in nanopores”
2007 MS (with honors, the top mark), in Applied Math. and Phys. Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), Thesis: “Diode-laser spectroscopy of water spin isomers”

Research Interests

My research focuses on molecular-level dynamics in water, ice and soft-matter systems (aqueous solutions, colloidal solutions, porous materials), and includes both experimental and theoretical studies. I am interested in intra- and intermolecular motion, and how this motion is involved in physical and physicochemical processes in the bulk phase and near the interfaces. For this research, I use impedance, terahertz, and infrared spectroscopy techniques, as well as standard physicochemical instruments, to reveal the charge and mass transfer properties of materials for electrochemical energy applications and beyond.

My particular research interest is water, as it provides a good platform for interdisciplinary research between physics, chemistry, biology, and medicine. By studying both molecular vibrations and long-range diffusion, I build phenomenological models of the dynamic structure of water. This knowledge provides new fundamental insights into the nature of this ubiquitous liquid, as well as it sheds light on many physical and biochemical phenomena around us.

Past Projects

As a project Leader:

  1. GC № 16.740.11.0724 (Ministry of Science and Education) “Experimental study of non-isothermal kinetics of mass transfer of water molecules in the nano – and micro – porous media in order to create the device and techniques for the characterization of porous materials using water molecules as probes “, 2011 – 2013.
  2. GC № 16.740.12.0738 (Ministry of Science and Education) “Development of spectroscopic methods for studying the adsorption kinetics of water molecules diffusion in the fine and porous media “, 2011 – 2013.
  3. Agreement number 8624 (Ministry of Science and Education) “Creating methods of optimization of multipulse laser drilling of micro-holes in silicon wafers “, 2011 – 2013.

As a principal investigator:

  1. Agreement number 8374 (Ministry of Science and Education) “Investigation of charge carrier transport in condensed media with a predominant ionic conductivity by terahertz spectroscopy methods “, 2012-2015.
  2. Agreement number 8188 (Ministry of Science and Education) “Electrolytic membrane of solid oxide fuel cells based on monocrystalline zirconia “, 2012-2015.

2016 Best poster award, The Broadband Dielectric Spectroscopy Conference (BDS), Pisa, Italy
2014 The best work of the young scientist, The competition of the Prokhorov Institute of General Physics
2009 Winner of the “Technovation Cup” with the project “Aquaspec”, Moscow, Russia
2009 Best Presentation, International Conference MICSFM, Novosibirsk, Russia
2008 Best Presentation, International LPOT Conference, Minsk, Belarus
2008 Best presentation, MIPT conference, Dolgoprudny, Russia

  • Scientists measured electrical conductivity of pure interfacial water: EurekAlert!
  • Измерена электропроводность приповерхностного слоя воды: Naked Science
  • Scientists measured electrical conductivity of pure interfacial water:
  • Электропроводность приповерхностного слоя воды измерили:
  • Liquid water is more than just hydrogen-oxygen molecules:
  • Ученые Сколтеха уточнили формулу воды: RIA Novosti
  • Чистая вода состоит не только из молекул H2O:
  • Liquid water is more than just H2O molecules: