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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

  • Executive Committee Member and Secretary of the American Association for Crystal Growth
  • Member of IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society, American Ceramic Society, Materials Research Society

Awards and Recognitions

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


A. C. Lindsey, C. Hobbs, L. Stand, M. Zhuravleva, C. L. Melcher. (2015). “Crystal growth and spectroscopic performance of large crystalline boules of CsCaI3:Eu scintillator”, Journal of Crystal Growth 427: 42-47.

L. Stand, M. Zhuravleva, A. Lindsey, C. L. Melcher. (2015). “Potassium strontium iodide: a new high light yield scintillator with 2.4% energy resolution”, Nuclear Instruments and MethodsA 780: 40-44.

M. Zhuravleva, A. Lindsey, B. Chakoumakos, R. Custelcean, F. Meilleur, R. Hughes, W. Kriven, C. L. Melcher. (2015). “Crystal structure and thermal expansion of a CsCe2Cl7 scintillator”, Journal of Solid State Chemistry 227: 142-149.

M. Tyagi, M. Zhuravleva, C. L. Melcher. (2013). “Theoretical and experimental characterization of promising new scintillators: Eu2+ doped CsCaCl3 and CsCaI3”, Journal of Applied Physics 113: 203504.

M. Zhuravleva, S. Friedrich, and C. L. Melcher. (2012). “Praseodymium valence determination in LSO:Pr, YSO:Pr and LuAG:Pr scintillators by X-ray absorption spectroscopy”, Applied Physics Letters101: 101902-4

Selected Patents

M. Zhuravleva, K. Yang. (2014). “Chloride, bromide and iodide scintillators with europium doping”, US Patent No. 8,815,119.

K. Yang, M. Zhuravleva, C. L. Melcher, P. Szupryczynski. (2014). “Iodide scintillator for radiation detection”, US Patent No. US 8,962,203 B1.

K. Yang, M. Zhuravleva, C. L. Melcher, P. Szupryczynski. (2014). “Halide scintillators for radiation detection”, US Patent No. US 8,912,498 B2.

M. Zhuravleva, K. Yang, C. L. Melcher, P. Szupryczynski. (2013). “Chloride scintillator for radiation detection”, US Patent No. US 8,598,530 B2.

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