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Mariya Zhuravleva

Assistant Professor


Dr. Zhuravleva earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from the Moscow State University of Fine Chemical Technology, Russia, and her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Tohoku University, Japan.  Her dissertation research included crystal growth of rare earth orthoaluminates using the micro-pulling-down and the Czochralski methods and scintillation characterization. In 2009, Dr. Zhuravleva joined the Scintillation Materials Research Center (SMRC) at the College of Engineering, University of Tennessee, as a Postdoctoral Research Associate. She joined the Materials Science and Engineering Department as a Research Assistant Professor in 2011 and as a tenure-track faculty in 2015. Much of her research on discovery and Bridgman crystal growth of halide scintillators for gamma-ray spectroscopy applications is done at the SMRC. She partners with Siemens Medical Imaging to advance detection capabilities of new technology for non-invasive molecular imaging of disease. She has been selected by the US Department of Homeland Security to lead a 5-year project on developing a large-scale crystal growth technology of high resolution radiation detector materials. Dr. Zhuravleva teaches an undergraduate level course on introduction to materials science and engineering and a graduate level course on scintillator materials and crystal growth. She has authored or co-authored over 40 technical papers and has contributed to over 100 technical presentations at national and international conferences.


  • Discovery, synthesis, and characterization of new materials for use in radiation detection for homeland security and medical imaging applications
  • Bridgman crystal growth of ternary halide scintillators
  • Development of novel bulk crystal growth equipment and techniques such as the multi-crucible Bridgman and the micro-pulling-down methods


Ph.D., Tohoku University, Japan: Bulk Crystal Growth From the Melt, Inorganic Scintillation Materials

Professional Service

  • President of the American Association for Crystal Growth, elected position, 2019 - current
  • Secretary of the American Association for Crystal Growth, elected position, 2015 - 2019
  • Conference session organizer and reviewer of abstract submissions at the American Conference for Crystal Growth, IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference, International Conference and Expo on Advanced Ceramics and Composites, SPIE (Hard X-Ray, Gamma-Ray, and Neutron Detector Physics).

Awards and Recognitions

2019 National Science Foundation Career Award

2019 Professional Promise in Research Award, Tickle College of Engineering, University of Tennessee
2019 Dean’s Research Excellence Award, Tickle College of Engineering, University of Tennessee
2018 MSE Faculty Award for Excellence in Research, University of Tennessee
2016 Ralph Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award in Engineering and Applied Sciences, ORAU / University of Tennessee

2014 MSE Faculty Award for Excellence in Research, University of Tennessee
2013 Scholar of The Week, Office of Research, University of Tennessee
2013 Chancellor’s Award for Multidisciplinary Research, University of Tennessee
2007-2009 Graduate Fellowship, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science


  1. M. Loyd, M. Pianassola, C. Hurlbut, K. Shipp, L. Sideropoulos, M. Koschan, C. L. Melcher, M. Zhuravleva, “Effects of temporary fogging and defogging in plastic scintillators”, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A 922 (2019) 202-208.
  2. M. Loyd, A. Lindsey, Y. Wu, L. Stand, M. Folsom, D. Rutstrom, M. Koschan, C. Melcher, M. Zhuravleva, “Growth of large size (≥ 1.5” diameter) KCaI3:Eu scintillator crystals”, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A 914 (2019) 8-14.
  3. J. Johnson, M. Zhuravleva, L. Stand, B. Chakoumakos, Y. Wu, I. Greely, M. Koschan, C. L. Melcher, “Discovery of new compounds and scintillators of the A4BX6 family: crystal structure, thermal, optical, and scintillation properties”, Crystal Growth and Design 18 (2018) 5220-5230.
  4. A. C. Lindsey, Y. Wu, M. Zhuravleva, M. Loyd, M. Koschan, C. L. Melcher, “Multi-ampoule Bridgman growth of halide scintillator crystals using the self-seeding method”, Journal of Crystal Growth 470 (2017) 20-26.
  5. Y. Wu, Q. Li, S. Jones, C. Dun, S. Hu, M. Zhuravleva, A. Lindsey, L. Stand, M. Loyd, M. Koschan, H. Hall, C. L. Melcher, “Defect engineering in KCaI3:Eu2+ single crystal scintillators by codoping: a combined experimental and theoretical study”, Physical Review Applied 8, 034011 (2017).

Selected Patents

  1. L. Stand, C. L. Melcher, M. Zhuravleva, H. Wei. (2019). “Mixed halide scintillators for radiation detection”, Patent No. US 10,377,945 B2.
    2. L. Stand, M. Zhuravleva, K. Yang, C. L. Melcher, A. C. Lindsey. (2019). “Intrinsic and activated A4BX6 scintillators”, Patent No. US 10,351,768 B2.
  2. H. Wei, L. Stand, M. Zhuravleva, C. Melcher. (2017). “Intrinsic complex halide elpasolite scintillators and methods of making the same”, Patent No. US 9,561,969 B2.
  3. M. Zhuravleva, K. Yang. (2016). “Chloride, bromide and iodide scintillators with europium doping”, CIP Patent No. US 9,453,161 B2.
  4. M. Zhuravleva, K. Yang, C. L. Melcher, P. Szupryczynski. (2013). “Chloride scintillator for radiation detection”, Patent No. US 8,598,530 B2.

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