Smirnova Portrait

Dr. Alevtina Smirnova

Assistant Professor
501 East Saint Joseph Street, Rapid City, South Dakota, 57701
Office phone number: 605-394-1890


  • 1990 -- PhD Degree in Physical Chemistry/ Materials Science, St. Petersburg State University (SPSU) Russian Federation (RF);
  • 1980 -- BS/MS Degree in Chemistry, SPSU, RF

Professional Experience

  • 2011-current -- Assistant Professor, CABS, South Dakota Mines;
  • 2009-2011 --  Assistant Professor, Environmental Earth Science Department, Eastern; Connecticut State University;
  • 2000-2009 -- Research Scientist and  Assistant Research Professor (since 2004), Department of Chemical, Materials, and  Biomolecular Engineering, UConn;
  • 1998-1999 -- Visiting Professor, Institute for Chemical and Biosensors, Muenster, Germany;
  • 1999-2000 -- Invited Professor, Ford Motor Company/University of Ann Arbor, MI
  • 1997-1999 -- Associate Professor ;1980-1997 Research Scientist; Department of Chemistry, SPSU, RF;

Research Interests

Supercritical Fluids in application to synthesis of catalyst nanoparticles, atomic layer deposition, porous materials, and biomass/lignin reforming. The approach extends to various mixtures of supercritical fluids in absence and presence of homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysts.  ( READ MORE)

Research Illustration 1

Impedance spectroscopy for evaluation of solid state ionics processes, fuel cells, batteries, and supercapacitors. Ionic transport through nanotubes (e.g. CNTs and SiNTs) and nanoparticles in solid and liquid phase is under investigation. ( READ MORE)

Research Illustration 2

Morphology, electrochemistry, and transport mechanisms of nanostructures for Li-ion batteries, polymer electrolyte fuel cells, direct methanol fuel cells, and solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). Internal reforming kinetics mechanisms in SOFC anodes based on multilayer structures of complex metal oxides with electronic, ionic, and mixed ionic –electronic conductivity for enhanced mass transport of fuels with various compositions. ( READ MORE)

Research Illustration 3


Dr. Smirnova with research group, 2015, on the South Dakota Mines campus.