Born in Russia in 1945, graduated at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology in 1969. PhD (Physics) in 1975 at the Institute of Problems of Chemical Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences, where he was subsequently Junior Scientist, Senior Researcher and Leading Researcher (1969-2001). Since 2001 he is an ICREA Research Professor at ICMAB-CSIC (Barcelona). He has held invited Professor positions at: Laboratoire de Physique des Solides et SNCMP, Toulouse (France); Department of Physics, SANY, Buffalo (USA); Kyoto University (Japan); Clarendon Laboratory, University of Oxford (UK), et al. He has 237 publications, which have been cited in total 3383 times in 2536 documents. h-index: 31.