Physics Professor Dr. Tikhon Bykov Honored

  Gary Ellison
  Monday, May 22, 2017 4:07 PM
  Archives 2014 - 2015

Abilene, TX


Dr. Tikhon Bykov, professor of physics, has been named the 2017 Gordon L. and Lola Bennett Scholar for his continuing contributions to outstanding teaching, scholarship, and service at McMurry University.

Dr. Bykov joined McMurry faculty in 2004 and currently serves as the chair of the physics department. At McMurry, his research interests also include the field of physics education. Together with his wife, Dr. Yelena Kosheleva, and his colleagues from McMurry physics department, he developed the Modular Curriculum Approach (MCI) for teaching introductory physics. In MCA, traditional lab/lecture structure is converted into a system of flexible instructional modules, with lecture, lab and discussion being merged into one technologically and collaboratively rich experience. Dr. Bykov has also taken on the number of leadership roles by serving on variety of faculty committees and task forces. Most recently, he served as vice chair of the faculty in 2015-2016 academic year and chair of the Faculty Council in 2016-2017 academic year.

Dr. Bykov was born in Kaliningrad, Russia. He earned a bachelor of science degree in theoretical physics from St. Petersburg State University in Russia in 1995 and M.S. degree in physics of kinetic phenomena from the same university in 1998. The College of Physics and the Physics Research Institute at St. Petersburg State University belongs to one of the oldest and most recognized physics schools in Russia. The program is especially well known for its mathematical physics emphasis and has always been the place where many famous Russian physicists would work and study. In 2003, Dr. Bykov received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln where he worked under Dr. Xiao Cheng Zeng, Ameritas University Professor of Chemistry and Professor at Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience.

Dr. Bykov’s scientific research is connected to all aspects of nucleation theory, formation of liquid droplets in supersaturated vapor. He is interested in homogeneous nucleation as well as heterogeneous nucleation on different types of nucleation centers. Using Density Functional Theory (DFT), he has studied surface tension of spherical droplets and its dependence on the droplet’s curvature. This work was performed for different types of fluid molecular models, including simple monatomic as well as dipolar fluids. He also studied behavior of liquids near solid walls and, in particular, heterogeneous nucleation on macroscopic and microscopic wettable particles. Dr. Bykov is the author of a number of publications in that area, including publications in the Journal of Chemical Physics and the Journal of American Chemical Society. He is the member of the American Physical Society, American Association of Physics Teachers and Sigma Pi Sigma, National Physics Honors Society.

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