Denis Demchenko


Associate Professor
Theoretical condensed matter
701 W. Grace St., 2405


Ph.D., Department of Physics, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, Rapid City, SD, 2002
Thesis Adviser: Prof. Andre G. Petukhov
Thesis Title: Spin-Dependent Tunneling in Magnetic Heterostructures

M.S., Department of Physics, Division of Solid State Physics and Solid State Electronics, Odessa State University,Odessa, Ukraine, 1996


  • Theoretical calculations of point defect related luminescence, defect complexes, and carrier compensation in wide band gap semiconductors
  • Lattice thermal conductivity of complex metal oxides and their nanostructures
  • Nanoscaling approaches to thermoelectricity by computing both lattice and electronic parts of thermal conductivity
  • Molecular dynamics modeling of plasticity in nanowires and their strengthening mechanisms


1. D. O. Demchenko and M. A. Reshchikov “Blue luminescence and Zn acceptor in GaN”, Phys. Rev. B 88, 115204 (2013).

2. D. O. Demchenko and D. Ameen “Lattice thermal conductivity in bulk and nanosheet NaxCoO2”, submitted to Computational Materials Science (2013).

3. D. O. Demchenko, I. C. Diallo, and M. A. Reshchikov, “Yellow Luminescence of Gallium Nitride Generated by Carbon Defect Complexes”, Phys. Rev. Lett110, 087404 (2013).

4. S. Curtarolo, W. Setyawana, G. L.W. Hart, M. Jahnatek, R. V. Chepulskii, R. H. Taylor, S. Wang, J. Xue, K. Yang, O. Levy, M. J. Mehl, H. T. Stokes, D. O. Demchenko, D. Morgan, “AFLOW: An automatic framework for high-throughput materials discovery” Computational Materials Science 58, 218–226 (2012).

5. D. O Demchenko, P. D Heinz, B. H. Lee, “Determining factors of thermoelectric properties of semiconductor nanowires”, Nanoscale Research Letters 6, 502 (2011).

6. D. O. Demchenko, B. Earles, H. Y. Liu, V. Avrutin, N. Izyumskaya, Ü. Özgür, and H. Morkoç, “Impurity complexes and conductivity of Ga-doped ZnO”, Phys. Rev. B 84, 075201 (2011).


American Physical Society (since 1999).


Referee for: Physical Review Letters, Physical Review B, Europhysics Letters, Journal of Physics Chemistry, Journal of American Chemical Society, Central European Journal of Physics, Superlattices and Microstructures, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.

Reviewer for research proposals for: NSF, Department of Energy INCITE program for large scale supercomputer allocations.

Dr. Demchenko’s CV