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Department of Earth Sciences

Academic Staff

Dr Valentina Erastova

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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in the Department of Earth Sciences
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 41712
Room number: Rm 1.11 Christopherson Building
Research Associate in the Department of Chemistry
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 42087

(email at valentina.erastova@durham.ac.uk)


I use and develop a variety of computational techniques to elucidate the properties of materials and their interfaces, from minerals to soft matter. 

With aid of computer modeling, I provide molecular-level insights for systems ranging from polymers to minerals. I focus on studying the dynamics within the materials, state transitions, as well as their properties and interfaces.

The applications of my research are numerous, such as abiogenetic origins of lifeenhanced oil recoverycrystal formation and growth prevention, modifications of layered materials for desired functionality, soil and water pollution and remediation, separation of polymeric matrices, and software development.


Research Groups

Teaching Areas

  • Practical simulations for molecules and materials.

    Material is available at www.erastova.xyz/teaching

    (12 hours/year.)

Selected Publications

Doctoral Thesis

  • Erastova, Valentina (2013). Molecular simulation studies of diesel and diesel additives. PhD.

Journal Article

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