Sergey Nikolaev 


Sergey Nikolaev 


Theoretical condensed matter physics


Dr. Sergey Nikolaev is a specially Appointed Assistant Professor at WRHI and Laboratory for Materials and Structures at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. He received his Ph.D. in condensed matter physics from the Ural Federal University in Russia. He worked as a postdoctorate researcher at the King’s College in London (UK), at SPINTEC in Grenoble (France), and at the National Institute for Materials Science in Tsukuba (Japan). His research interests are focused on theoretical studies of material properties and transport phenomena and cover a broad range of topics including first-principles calculations, realistic modeling approaches, and non-equilibrium field-theoretical methods. His studies aim at combining various numerical and analytical tools to understand the microscopic origin of electronic and magnetic properties and their interplay in real materials and exotic states of matter.


As a member of WRHI, I am looking forward to collaborating with other fellow scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology and joining various interdisciplinary projects all over the world. I also hope that WRHI will help us build the international research networks in order to share expertise with other specialists and contribute to further progress in the field of condensed matter physics.


Specially Appointed Assistant Professor, Laboratory for Materials and Structures, Institute of Innovative Research, Tokyo Institute of Technology


Postdoctoral Associate, Emergent Material Properties Theory Group, National Institute of Materials Science, Tsukuba (Japan).


Postdoctoral Fellow, SPINTEC, CEA, University Joseph Fourier, Grenoble (France)


 Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Physics, King’s College, London (UK)


PRESTIGE Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, France


Simons Postdoctoral Fellowship, US


Scholarship of the first President of Russia B.N. Yeltsin


UC RUSAL Exchange Award, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, China


Xiaonan Ma, Chang Liu, Wei Ren & Sergey A. Nikolaev, Tunable vertical ferroelectricity and domain walls by interlayer sliding in β-ZrI2,  npj Computational Materials volume 7, Article number: 177 (2021)


S. A. Nikolaev, I. V. Solovyev, S. V. Streltsov, Quantum spin liquid and cluster Mott insulator phases in Mo3O8 magnets, npj Quantum Materials volume 6, Article number: 25 (2021)


Kosuke Takiguchi, Yuki K. Wakabayashi, Hiroshi Irie, Yoshiharu Krockenberger, Takuma Otsuka, Hiroshi Sawada, Sergey A. Nikolaev, Hena Das, Masaaki Tanaka, Yoshitaka Taniyasu & Hideki Yamamoto, Quantum transport evidence of Weyl fermions in an epitaxial ferromagnetic oxide, Nature Communications volume 11, Article number: 4969 (2020)


D.I. Badrtdiniov, S.A. NikolaevLocalized magnetism in 2D electrides, J. Mater. Chem. C 8, 7858 (2020)


S. A. Nikolaev, I. V. Solovyev, Microscopic theory of electric polarization induced by skyrmionic order in GaV4S8, Phys. Rev. B 99, 100401 (2019) (Rapid Communication).


S. A. Nikolaev, I. V. Solovyev, A. N. Ignatenko, V. Yu. Irkhin, and S. V. Streltsov, Realization of anisotropic compass model on the diamond lattice of Cu2+ in CuAl2O4, Phys. Rev. B 98, 201106 (2018) (Rapid Communication).


O. Pauyac, M. Chshiev, A. Manchon, S. A. Nikolaev, Spin Hall and Spin Swapping Torques in Diffusive Ferromagnets, Phys. Rev. Lett. 120, 176802 (2018).


H. Yang, G. Chen, A. A. C. Cotta, A. T. N’Diaye, S. A. Nikolaev, E. A. Soares, W. A. A. Macedo, Kai Liu, A. K. Schmid, A. Fert, M. Chshiev, Significant Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya Interaction at Graphene-Ferromagnet Interfaces due to Rashba-effect, Nature Materials 17, 605 (2018).


Kalitsov, S. A. Nikolaev, J. Velev, M. Chshiev, O. Mryasov, Intrinsic spin-orbit torque in a single domain nanomagnet, Phys. Rev. B 96, 214430 (2017).


S. A. Nikolaev, I. V. Solovyev, Orbital magnetization of insulating perovskite transition–metal oxides with the net ferromagnetic moment in the ground state, Phys. Rev. B 89, 064428 (2014)