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Sergey Bernardovich Rochal 


Faculty of Physics

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Degree: Doctor of Sciences

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Research interests:

1) Theory of phase transitions in crystals, quasicrystals, lipid and composite membranes. Theory of self-assembly (crystallization) of protein molecules. Self-assembly and structural transformations in viral shells.

2) Dynamics of crystals, quasicrystals, lipid and composite membranes.

3) Nanotubes

Research projects:

Publications: 56 articles in International and Russian journals indexed in Web of Science and Scopus; more than 100 publications in the conference proceedings. 8 articles were published in Physical Review Letters (IF=7.645) and 1 article was published in Nanoscale (IF=7.76). According to the Web of Science citation report, the articles of S. B. Rochal were cited 391 times (305 times by other authors).

SCOPUS Author ID: 6701561021


Featured publications:

1) S. B. Rochal, O. V. Konevtsova, A. E. Myasnikova, V. L. Lorman, Hidden symmetry of small spherical viruses and organization principles in "anomalous" and double-shelled capsid nanoassemblies, Nanoscale 8 (2016) 16976.

2) S. B. Rochal, O. V. Konevtsova, I. A. Shevchenko, V. L. Lorman, Soft spherical nanostructures with a dodecagonal quasicrystal-like order, Soft Matter 12 (2016) 1238.

3) D. S. Roshal, O. V. Konevtsova, A. E. Myasnikova, S. B. Rochal, Assembly of the most topologically regular two-dimensional micro and nanocrystals with spherical, conical, and tubular shapes, Phys. Rev. E 94 (2016) 052605.

4) O. V. Konevtsova, V. L. Lorman, S. B. Rochal, Theory of morphological transformation of viral capsid shell during the maturation process in the HK97 bacteriophage and similar viruses, Phys. Rev. E 93 (2016) 052412.

5) I. Yu. Golushko, S. B. Rochal, V. L. Lorman, Complex instability of axially compressed tubular lipid membrane with controlled spontaneous curvature, EPJE 38 (2015) 112.

6) S. B. Rochal, V. L. Lorman, Yu. I. Yuzyuk, Two-dimensional elasticity determines the low-frequency dynamics of single- and double-walled carbon nanotubes, Phys. Rev. B 88 (2013) 235435.

7) M. V. Avramenko. S. B. Rochal, Yu. I. Yuzyuk, Symmetry of the carbon nanotube modes and their origin from the phonon branches of graphene, Phys. Rev. B 87 (2013) 035407.

8) O. V. Konevtsova, S. B. Rochal, V. L. Lorman, Chiral Quasicrystalline Order and Dodecahedral Geometry in Exceptional Families of Viruses, Phys. Rev. Lett. 108 (2012) 038102.

9) S. Monnier, S.B. Rochal, A. Parmeggiani, V. L. Lorman, Long-Range Protein Coupling Mediated by Critical Low-Energy Modes of Tubular Lipid Membranes, Phys. Rev. Lett. 105 (2010) 028102.

10) V.L. Lorman, S.B. Rochal, Landau theory of crystallization and the capsid structures of small icosahedral viruses, Phys. Rev. B. 77 (2008) 224109.

11) V.L. Lorman, S.B. Rochal, Density-Wave Theory of the Capsid Structure of Small Icosahedral Viruses, Phys. Rev. Lett. 98 (2007) 185502.


  • Applied tensor analysis
  • Group theory methods in physics
  • Crystal physics
  • Structures and mechanisms of nanoobjects self-assembly