Dr. Igor Popov


igor popov


Assistant Research Professor


(may 2015-present) Joined the Graphene group at the Center for Solid State Physics and New Materials of the Institute of Physics Belgrade, Serbia

(2009 - 2014)Research associate at School of Physics and CRANN at Trinity College Dublin

(2008 - 2009) Postdoctoral position, Institute of Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry, TU Dresden

(2004 - 2008) PhD Student at Technical University Dresden, Germany

(1996 - 2003) MSc at Department of theoretical and experimental Physics, University of Belgrade


Ab-initio modelling of 2D materials



- metamaterials
    - layered and 2D materials (graphene, chalcohalides, etc)
    - magnetic materials and multiferroics
    - topological insulators
    - electronic and spin transport
    - scanning probe microscopy (SPM)


- Abinit, GDFTB, DFTB+, DeMon, Siesta, Smeagol

-C++, Pascal, x86 assembly, Prolog, SQL, Bash scripting

- OpenMP, MPI, Mathematica, Java EE, Evolutionary algorithms, data mining


Graduated with Doctorate Summa Cum Laude - with highest honor

Professor-Schwabe-Preis of Unuiversity of Technology Dresden

SFI grant at CRANN, Trinity Colledge Dublin

300,000 hours of computing time on Kelvin as well as Lonsdale cluster TCHPC



I.Popov, G.Seifert, D.Tomanek Designing electrical contacts to MoS 2 monolayers: a computational study Phys. Rev. Lett. 108 , 156802 ,

I.Popov, N.Baadji, S.Sanvito Magnetism and antiferroelectricity in MgB 6 Phys. Rev. Lett. 108 , 107205,

I.Popov, T.Yang, S .Berber, G.Seifert, D.Tomanek, Unique structural and transport properties of molybdenum chalcohalide nanowires, Phys. Rev. Lett. 99 , 085503 ,

I.Popov, S.Gemming, S.Okano, N.Ranjan, G.Seifert Electromechanical switch based on Mo6S6 nanowires, Nano Lett. 8 , 4093 ,

I.Popov, M.Mantega, A.Narayan, S.Sanvito Proximity - induced topological state in graphene, Phys. Rev. B 90 , 035418 ,

A.Enyashin, L.Yadgarov, L.Houben, I.Popov, M.Weidenbach, R.Tenne, M. Bar - Sadan, G.Seifert New route for stabilization of 1T - WS 2 and MoS 2 phases,J. Phys. Chem. C 115 , 24586

E.Erdogan, I.Popov, G.Seifert Robust electronic and transport properties of graphene break nanojunctions, Phys. Rev. B 83 , 245417 ,

E.Erdogan, I.Popov, C.G.Rocha, G.Cunniberti, S.Roche, G.Seifert Engineering carbon chains from mechanically stretched graphene - based materials, Phys. Rev. B 83 , 041401 ,

I.Popov, S.Gemming, G.Seifert Structural and electronic properties of Mo 6 S 8 clusters deposited on a Au(111) surface investigated with density functional theory, Phys. Rev. B 75 , 245436 ,

I.Milosevic, B.Nikolic, E.Dobardzic, M.Damnjanovic , I.Popov, G.Seifert Electronic properties and optical spectra of MoS 2 And WS 2 nanotubes, Phys. Rev. B 76 , 233414 ,

I.Popov, T.Kunze, S.Gemming, G.Seifert Self - assembly of Mo 6 S 8 clusters on the Au(111) surface, Eur. Phys. J. D 45 , 439 ,

S.Gemming, I.Popov, M.Lehmann Star - shaped oligobenzoates: non - conventional mesogens forming columnar helical mesophases, Phil. Mag. Lett . 87 , 883 ,

Polymorphysm in liquid crystals from star - shaped M.Lehmann, M.Jahr, B.Donnio, R.Graf, S.Gemming and I.Popov mesogens, Chem. Eur. J. 14 , 3562 ,

A.Enyashin, I.Popov, G.Seifert Stability and electronic properties of rhenium disulfide nanotubes, Phys. Stat. Sol. B 246 , 114 ,

E.Erdogan, I.Popov, A.N.Enyashin, G.Seifert Transport properties of MoS 2 nanoribbons: edge priority, Eur. Phys. J. B 85 , 33 ,

I.Popov, A.Pecchia, S.Okano, N.Ranjan, A.Di Carlo, G.Seifert Unique electronic and transport properties of contacts between Mo 6 S 6 nanowires and gold electrodes, Appl. Phys. Lett. 93 , 083115 ,

MoS 2 field effect transistor - the atomistic limit - in preparation




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