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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. She continues to actively collaborate with the SMRC on various projects related to discovery and development of novel scintillators. Dr. Zhuravleva teaches undergraduate courses on introduction to materials science and engineering, thermodynamics, and processing of ceramics as well as a graduate course on scintillator materials. She has authored or co-authored 80 peer-reviewed technical papers, 12 U.S. patents, and has contributed to over 120 technical presentations at professional conferences.


  • Discovery, synthesis and characterization of scintillators (single crystals and ceramics) for homeland security and medical imaging applications.
  • Crystal growth from the melt using the Bridgman and micro-pulling-down methods: ternary halides, high-entropy oxides and aluminates


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).
  • Member of Materials Research Society, American Ceramic Society, IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society, and IEEE Women in Engineering

Awards and Recognitions

2020 MSE Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Tennessee

2019 National Science Foundation Career Award

2019 Professional Promise in Research Award, TCE, University of Tennessee

2019 Dean’s Research Excellence Award, TCE, 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


  1. Pianassola, M. Loveday, J. W. McMurray, M. Koschan, C. L. Melcher, M. Zhuravleva, "Solid state synthesis of multicomponent equiatomic rare-earth oxides", Journal of the American Ceramic Society 103 (2020) 2908 – 2918
  2. 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.
  3. Rutstrom, L. Stand, M. Koschan, C. Melcher, M. Zhuravleva, “Europium concentration effects on the scintillation properties of Cs4SrI6:Eu and Cs4CaI6:Eu single crystals for use in gamma spectroscopy”, Journal of Luminescence 216 (2019) 116740.
  4. 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

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