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Smirnova Antonina Igorevna

PhD in physics

Senior staff scientist




Ivanovo State University

Nanomaterials Research Institute

Ermak str., 39. 153025 Ivanovo, Russia

Phone work:

+7 (4932) 37-08-08





Ivanovo State University (Russia) Bio-Chemistry Department


Laboratory of Liquid Crystals at Ivanovo State University (Russia) and Institute of Organic Chemistry at Technical University of Berlin (Germany) PhD title: -The influence of molecular structure variation of disc-like phthalocyanine, inositol, benzene derivatives and organic solvents on lyotropic mesomorphism of their binary systems. Supervisor: Prof. N.V. Usoltseva


since 2008 up to now

Senior staff scientist, Nanomaterials Research Institute, Ivanovo State University, Russia

2007 – 2008

Senior staff scientist, Laboratory of Liquid Crystals, Ivanovo State University, Russia

2005 – 2007

Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow, University of York, UK (Marie Curie Incoming International Fellowship, 2 years)


Invited Researcher, Makromoleculare I, Universit?t Bayreuth, Germany (DFG – project, 2 months)

2003 – 2004

Postdoctoral researcher, Makromoleculare I, Universit?t Bayreuth, Germany SFB 481, Project A4 -Orientierbarkeit in Blockcopolymeren mit ionischen Fl?ssigkristallinen Bereichen, 1 year)


Senior staff scientist, Laboratory of Liquid Crystals, Ivanovo State University, Ivanovo, Russia (Permanent position)

2001 – 2002

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Exeter, UK, (Royal Society/NATO Fellowship programme)

2000 – 2003

Research worker, Laboratory of Liquid Crystals, Ivanovo State University, Ivanovo, Russia


Junior Research Worker, Laboratory of Liquid Crystals, Ivanovo State University, Ivanovo, Russia




Lyotropic mesomorphism, chromonics, disc-like mesogens, synthesis of calamitic and polycatenar mesogens, binary or ternary phase diagrams, X-ray analysis of mesogens





Experimental methods: NMR, FTIR, UV-VIS, optical polarizing microscopy, chromatography (HPLC, GPC, TLC), spectrometry (MS), thermal analysis (DSC, TGA)

Computers: Windows XP, MS Office, internet, Origin 7 Pro, SciFinder, ChemOffice, MestRe-C, Delta NMR, ChemWin, HyperChem, ISIS Draw.

Languages: Russian (mother tongues), English (basic).





Conference Proceedings

  1. Usoltseva N., Bykova V., Semeikin A., Ananjeva G., Smirnova A., Negrimovski V. Lyotropic phase behaviour of phthalocyanine derivatives in apolar organic solvents, Mol. Cryst. Liq. Cryst., 1997, 304, P. 201-206.
  2. Usoltseva N., Bykova V., Ananjeva G., Smirnova A., Shaposhnikov G., Maizlish V., Kudrik E., Shirokov A. Lyomesomorphism of Carboxyl- and Alkoxycarbonyl Substituted Phthalocyanine Copper Complexes, Mol. Cryst. Liq. Cryst., 2000, 352, P. 45-57.
  3. Usoltseva N., Praefcke K., Smirnova A., Kohne B. Amphotropic Properties of Cyclic Scyllitol Hexaesters Mol. Cryst. Liq. Cryst., 2001, 367, P. 497-508.
  4. Usoltseva N., Bykova V., Kudrik E., Shaposhnikov G., Smirnova A., Ananjeva G., Nikolaev I. Induction of Mesomorphic Properties in Non-mesogenic Octa(decyloxy)phthalocyanines, Mol. Cryst. Liq. Cryst., 2001, 367, P. 509-516.
  5. Usoltseva N., Smirnova A. Induction/variation of mesomorphic properties of disc-like materials in binary systems with solvents, Mol. Cryst. Liq. Cryst., 2003, 397, P.161-189.
  6. Smirnova A.I., Fazio D., Iglesias E.F., Hall C.G., Guillon D., Donnio B., Bruce D.W. Polycatenar Metallomesogens – from Layers to Columns and so to Cubic, Mol. Cryst. Liq. Cryst., 2003, 396, P. 227-240.
  7. Usoltseva N., Bykova V., Smirnova A., Gruzdev M., Lattermann G., Facher A. Induction of Mesomorphic Properties in Poly(propylene imine) Dendrimers and their Model Compounds, Mol. Cryst. Liq. Cryst., 2004, 409, P. 29-42.


Refereed Journals

  1. Usoltseva N., Praefcke K., Smirnova A., Blunk D. Comparative Lyotropy Study of Homologous Hexaesters of Hexahydroxy Benzene and Cyclohexane (Scyllitol) in Linear and Cyclic Hydrocarbons: Micro Segregation and Mesophase Formation of Discotics, Liq. Cryst., 1999, 26(12), P. 1723-1734.
  2. Smirnova A.I., Maizlish V.E., Usol-tseva N.V., Bykova V.V., Ananeva G.A., Kudrik E.V., Shirokov A.V., Shaposhnikov G.P. Synthesis and liquid crystalline properties of copper tetra-4-(n-alkoxycarbonyl)phthalocyanines, Russian Chemical Bulletin, 2000, 49(1), P. 132-139.
  3. Smirnova A.I., Bruce D.W. Lyotropic Mesomorphism in some Thermotropic, Polycatenar Complexes of Silver (I), Chem. Commun., 2002, 2, P. 176-177.
  4. Usoltseva N.V., Smirnova A.I., Praefcke K., Kohne B., Mesomorphic properties of scyllo-inositol derivatives with variation of bridge-groups in lateral substituents, J. Liquid Crystals and their Application, 2002, 1, P. 101-109 (in Russian).
  5. Smirnova A. I., Usoltseva N.V. Lyotropic mesomorphism of 2,3,9,10,16,17,23,24-octa(octyloxy)phthalocyanine and its metal complexes in organic solvents, J. Liquid Crystals and their Application, 2002, 2, P. 96-107 (in Russian).
  6. Liquid crystals: discotic mesogens / N. V. Usol'tseva, O. B. Akopova, V. V. Bykova, A. I. Smirnova, S. A. Pikin; Edited by N. V. Usol'tseva. – Ivanovo: Ivanovo State University, 2004. - 546 p. (in Russian)
  7. Smirnova A.I., Usoltseva N.V. X-ray Diffraction Investigation of Two Mesomorphic Copper(II) Complexes of Tetra-4-[(4-Alkoxycarbonyl)phenyleneoxy]phthalocyanine // Crystallography Reports, 2006, 51(2), P. 258-264 (Original Russian text published in Kristallografiya, 2006, 51(2), P. 285-291).
  8. Smirnova A.I., Bruce D.W. Solvent-dependent Mesomorphism of Polycatenar Silver(I) Complexes in Organic Solvents, J. Mater. Chem., 2006, 16, P. 4299-4306.
  9. A.I. Smirnova, G. Lattermann Induction of Mesomorphism in Mixtures of Poly[4-(3-methacryloylpropyl)pyridine] with Partially Fluorinated Derivatives of Benzoic Acid // Polymer Science, Ser. A, 2007, 49(5), P. 538-548 (Original Russian text published in Vysokomolekulyarnie Soedineniya, Ser. A, 2007, 49(5), P. 820-831).
  10. Smirnova A.I., Zharnikova N.V., Donnio D., Bruce D. The Influence of Lateral Apolar Substituents on the Mesomorphic Behaviour of Tetracatenar Liquid Crystals // Russian Journal of General Chemistry. 2010. Vol. 80. № 7. P. 1331 – 1340.

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