Education and scientific degrees:

19651971: Undergraduate (graduated with honors), Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT),

Dolgoprudny, Moscow region, Russia

19711974: Postgraduate (PhD student), MIPT, Dolgoprudny, Moscow region, Russia

1974: Candidate of Phys. and Math. Sciences (PhD, Mech. of Fluids, Gases and Plasma)

1984: Senior Researcher (Mechanics of Fluids, Gases and Plasma)

1989: Doctor of Science (Theoretical Fundamentals of Heat Transfer)


Place of work: Joint Institute for High Temperatures of the Russian Academy of Science

Institution address: 17A, Krasnokazarmennaya, NCHMT, 111116, Moscow, Russia


Research interests:   - visible, infrared, and microwave properties of particles and fibers

                                    - radiative heat transfer in disperse systems of different nature

                                    - radiative properties of porous materials, composite coatings, and thermal insulations

                                    - combined heat transfer problems in power engineering, biomedicine, and other applications

Consulting and visiting appointments:

                          19971998: Siemens KWU, Erlangen, Germany

                          20012003: University of Brighton, Brighton, UK

                          20032004: Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China

                          20042006: The Thermal Science Centre of Lyon (CETHIL), INSA, Lyon, France

                          20052008: Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden

2007: Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zürich, Switzerland

2009: The Thermal Science Centre of Lyon (CETHIL), INSA, Lyon, France

2010: Lab. Extreme Conditions and Materials: High Temperature and Irradiation (CEMHTI), Univ. Orleans, France

2011: Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA

20112015: School of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering, University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia

20122013: Laboratory of Thermal Kinetics (LTN), School of Engineering, University of Nantes, France

2015: Res. School Phys. Eng., The Australian National University (ANU), Canberra, Australia

2015, 20172019: Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing, Kingston University, London, UK


Current professional membership

Elected member of the Scientific Council of the International Centre for Heat and Mass Transfer (ICHMT);

Elected member of the ICHMT Executive Committee and Honors and Awards Committee;

Elected member of the National Committee for Heat and Mass Transfer (Russia); Delegate to the Assembly for International Heat Transfer Conferences;

Elected senior member of the Optical Society of America;

Elected member of the Scientific Council on Thermophysics and Thermal Engineering (Russ. Acad. Sci.);

American Nano Society, invited member.



The Fifth Symposium on Radiative Transfer (Bodrum, Turkey, 2007) was dedicated to Leonid Dombrovsky and two other scientists (from USA and Canada) in recognition of their valuable contributions to the radiation research field:

Certificate for Highly Cited Research in Infrared Physics and Technology awarded in December, 2-16 to L. Dombrovsky and is his co-authors in recognition of the contribution to the quality of the journal.

According to the recent decision of the International Centre for Heat and Mass Transfer (ICHMT), Leonid A. Dombrovsky is awarded by the Luikov Medal for outstanding contributions to science and art of Heat and Mass Transfer and for activities in international cooperation in conjunction with ICHMT programs:

Graham de Vahl Davis Best Paper Award for the paper Heat generation in gold nanorods solutions due to absorption of near-infrared radiation presented at the International Symposium on Advances in Computational Heat Transfer, May 28 June 1, 2017, Napoli, Italy.


Member of the Editorial boards: Int. J. Heat Mass Transfer, Int. Comm. Heat Mass Transfer, Computational Thermal Sciences, Thermal Processes in Engineering, Thermopedia, J. Spectr. Dynamics, Int. J. Energy Clean Environment

Refereeing: High Temperature, Thermal Engineering, Heat Mass Transfer, Int. J. Thermal Sciences, J. Quant. Spectr. Radiat. Transfer, Int. J. Thermophysics, Int. J. Heat Mass Transfer, Numerical Heat Transfer, ASME J. Heat Transfer, ASME J. Solar Energy Engineering, J. Applied Physics, High Temperatures High Pressures, J. Alloys Compounds, J. Composite Materials, J. Amer. Ceramic Society, Thermal Processes in Engineering, Experimental Heat Transfer, Computational Thermal Sciences, Frontiers in Heat and Mass Transfer, Computers in Biology and Medicine, Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine, Optics Express, Energy and Buildings, Annals Nucl. Energy, Infrared Phys. Technology, ASME J. Nanotechnology in Engineering and Medicine, AIAA J. Thermophys. Heat Transfer, Surface and Coating Technology, Acta Bioengineering and Biomechanics, Chemical Engineering Journal, Int. J. Fluid Mech. Res., Physics in Medicine and Biology, Applied Optics, Int. J. Hydrogen Energy, Inverse Probl. Sci. Engineering, Materials and Design, Mathematical Biosciences, Fuel Proc. Technology, Thermophysics and Aeromechanics, Journal of Enhanced Heat Transfer, J. Coatings Technol. Research, Appl. Thermal Engineering, Solar Energy,


Some parameters of the research activity:

Scopus: citations 1481, h-index 23

Google Scholar: citations 2657, h-index 28, i10 63

Research Gate: citations 2855, h-index 28, RG Score 41.78


Selected publications since 1996

Thermal Radiation in Disperse Systems: An Engineering Approach, Begell House, New York, 2010.

On-line monograph Topics in Particle and Dispersion Science (edited by Miroslaw Jonasz).

Thermal Radiation Modeling in Multiphase Flows Typical of Melt-Coolant Interaction, Chapter 4 in the book Advances in Multiphase Flow and Heat Transfer, edited by L. Cheng and D. Mewes, Bentham Sci. Publ., 2009, vol. 1

Radiative Properties of Particles and Fibers. ThermalHUB publication. 2008.

Radiation Heat Transfer in Disperse Systems, Begell House, New York, 1996.

Articles in peer-reviewed journals:


-        Self-generated clouds of micron-sized particles as a promising way of a solar probe shielding from intense thermal radiation of the Sun, J. Quant. Spectr. Radiat. Transfer.

-        Expanding the temperature range for generation of droplet clusters over the locally heated water surface, Int. J. Heat Mass Transfer.

-        Abnormally strong decrease in reflectance of molten copper due to possible generation of levitating sub-micron melt droplets, Int. J. Heat Mass Transfer.

-        Self-assembled levitating clusters of water droplets: Pattern-formation and stability, Scientific Reports.

-        Simple methods for identification of radiative properties of highly-porous ceria ceramics in the range of semi-transparency, Int. J. Numer. Methods Heat Fluid Flow

-        Kinetics of high-temperature thermal treatment of boehmite-based alumina in vacuum to produce pure alumina, Int. J. Heat Mass Transfer.

-        A generalized analytical model for radiative transfer in vacuum thermal insulation of space vehicles, J. Quant. Spectr. Radiat. Transfer.

-        Steam explosion in nuclear reactors: droplets of molten steel vs core melt droplets, Int. J. Heat Mass Transfer.

-        Generation of levitating droplet clusters above the locally heated water surface: A thermal analysis of modified installation, Int. J. Heat Mass Transfer.


-        Shielding of fire radiation with the use of multi-layered mist curtains: Preliminary estimates, Computational Thermal Sciences.

-        Near-infrared optical properties of a porous alumina ceramics produced by hydrothermal oxidation of aluminum, Infrared Phys. Technology.

-        The use of infrared irradiation to stabilize levitating clusters of water droplets, Infrared Phys. Technology.

-        A simplified model for the shielding of fire radiation by water mists, Int. J. Heat Mass Transfer.

-        A new method to retrieve spectral absorption coefficient of highly-scattering and weakly-absorbing materials, J. Quant. Spectr. Radiat. Transfer.

-        Radiative heat transfer from supersonic flow with suspended particles to a blunt body, Int. J. Heat Mass Transfer.


-        Radiative heat transfer from supersonic flow with suspended polydisperse particles to a blunt body: Effect of collisions between particles, Comput. Thermal Sciences.

-        Modeling of repeating freezing of biological tissues and analysis of possible microwave monitoring of volumetric phase changes, Int. J. Heat Mass Transfer.

-        The use of infrared self-emission measurements to retrieve surface temperature of levitating water droplets, Infrared Phys. Technology.

-        Radiative heating of superficial human tissues with the use of water-filtered infrared-A radiation: A computational modeling, Int. J. Heat Mass Transfer.

-        Laser induced hyperthermia of superficial tumors: Computational models for radiative transfer, combined heat transfer, and degradation of biological tissues, Therm. Proc. Eng. (in Russian).


-        Effects of short-pulsed laser radiation on transient heating of superficial human tissues, Int. J. Heat Mass Transfer.

-        Radiative transfer in vacuum thermal insulation of space vehicles, Comput. Thermal Sciences.

-        Spectroscopic diagnostics of morphological changes arising in thermal processing of polypropylene, Applied Optics.


-        Simplified approaches to radiative transfer simulations in laser induced hyperthermia of superficial tumors, Comput. Thermal Sciences.

-        Determination of optical constants of ceria by combined analytical and experimental approaches, The Journal of Minerals, Metals & Materials Society.

-        Plasmonic pump-probe method to study semi-transparent nanofluids, Applied Optics.

-        Thermal radiation properties of highly porous cellular foams, Special Topics & Reviews in Porous Media An International Journal.

-        Visible and near-infrared optical properties of ceria ceramics, Infrared Phys. Technology.


-        Laser-induced hyperthermia of superficial tumors: A transient thermal model for indirect heating strategy, Comput. Thermal Sciences.

-        Combined two-flux approximation and Monte Carlo model for identification of radiative properties of highly scattering dispersed materials, Comput. Thermal Sciences.

-        The use of transport approximation and diffusion-based models in radiative transfer calculations, Comput. Thermal Sciences.

-        Indirect heating strategy of laser induced hyperthermia: An advanced thermal model, Int. J. Heat Mass Transfer.


-        A combined transient thermal model for laser hyperthermia of tumors with embedded gold nanoshells, Int. J. Heat Mass Transfer

-        Some physical models used to identify and analyze infrared radiative properties of semi-transparent dispersed materials, J. Spectr. Dynamics.

-        High temperature infrared properties of YSZ electrolyte ceramics for SOFCs: Experimental determination and theoretical modeling, J. Amer. Ceramic Society.

-        Approximate analytical solution to normal emittance of semi-transparent layer of an absorbing, scattering, and refracting medium, J. Quant. Spectr. Radiat. Transfer.

-        Attenuation of solar radiation by water mist and sprays from the ultraviolet to the infrared range, J. Quant. Spectr. Radiat. Transfer.


-        A combined P1 and Monte Carlo model for multi-dimensional radiative transfer problems in scattering media, Comput. Thermal Sciences.

-        Thermal radiation from the zone of melt-water interaction, Comput. Thermal Sciences.

-        An effect of scattering by absorption observed in near-infrared properties of nanoporous silica, J. Appl. Physics.

-        An effect of turbulent clustering on scattering of microwave radiation by small particles in the atmosphere, J. Quant. Spectr. Radiat. Transfer.

-        An extension of the large-cell radiation model for the case of semi-transparent nonisothermal particles, ASME J. of Heat Transfer.


-        An ablation model for the thermal decomposition of porous zinc oxide layer heated by concentrated solar radiation, Int. J. of Heat and Mass Transfer

-        A model for solid bubbles formation in melt-coolant interaction, Int. J. Heat Mass Transfer.

-        Approximate model for break-up of solidifying melt particles due to thermal stresses in surface crust layer, Int. J. Heat Mass Transfer

-        Thermal radiation modeling in numerical simulation of melt-coolant interaction, Comput. Thermal Sciences.


The effect of thermal radiation on the solidification dynamics of metal oxide melt droplets, Nuclear Eng. Design.


- A diffusion-based approximate model for radiation heat transfer in a solar thermochemical reactor, J. Quant. Spectr. Radiat. Transfer.

- Infrared radiative properties of polymer coatings containing hollow microspheres, Int. J. Heat Mass Transfer.

- Near-infrared radiative properties of porous zirconia ceramics, Infrared Phys. Technology.

- Large-cell model of radiation heat transfer in multiphase flows typical for fuelcoolant interaction, Int. J. Heat Mass Transfer.


-        A modified two-flux approximation for identification of radiative properties of absorbing and scattering media from directional-hemispherical measurements, J. Optical Soc. Am. A.


-        Use of Mie theory to analyze experimental data to identify infrared properties of fused quartz containing bubbles, Applied Optics.

-        Modeling of thermal radiation of polymer coating containing hollow microspheres, High Temperature.


-        Absorption of thermal radiation in large semi-transparent particles at arbitrary illumination of the polydisperse system, Int. J. Heat Mass Transfer.

-        Approximate models of radiation scattering in hollow-microsphere ceramics, High Temperature.

-        The propagation of infrared radiation in a semitransparent liquid containing gas bubbles, High Temperature.


-        Radiation transfer through a vapour gap under conditions of film boiling of liquid, High Temperature.

-        A simplified non-isothermal model for droplet heating and evaporation, Int. Comm. Heat Mass Transfer.

-        An estimate of the temperature of semitransparent oxide particles in thermal spraying, Heat Transfer Engineering.

-        Spectral properties of diesel fuel droplets, Fuel.


-        A spectral model of absorption and scattering of thermal radiation by droplets of diesel fuel, High Temperature.

-        A modified differential approximation for thermal radiation of semitransparent nonisothermal particles: application for optical diagnostics of plasma spraying, J. Quant. Spectr. Radiat. Transfer.


-        Heating and evaporation of semi-transparent diesel fuel droplets in the presence of thermal radiation, Fuel.

-        Calculation of radiation heat transfer in a volume above the surface of a corium pool, Thermal Engineering.

-        Conditions of thermal explosion of a radiating gas with polydisperse liquid fuel, High Temperature.


-        The dynamics of vapor void under conditions of thermal interaction of a hot spherical particle with ambient water, High Temperature.

-        Radiation heat transfer from a hot particle to ambient water through the vapor layer, Int. J. Heat Mass Transfer.

-        Thermal radiation from nonisothermal spherical particles of a semitransparent material, Int. J. Heat Mass Transfer.


-        Infrared and microwave radiative properties of metal coated microfibers, Revue Generale de Thermique.

-        Numerical simulation of the stratified-corium temperature field and melting of the reactor vessel for a severe accident in a nuclear power station, Thermal Engineering.


-        Application of the Mie theory to the microwave characteristics of metal powder in dielectric matrix, J. Commun. Technol. Electronics.


-        Quartz-fiber thermal insulation: infrared radiative properties and calculation of radiative-conductive heat transfer, ASME J. Heat Transfer.

-        Theoretical investigation of heat transfer under conditions of two-phase flow in a supersonic nozzle, High Temperature.

-        Approximate methods for calculating radiation heat transfer in dispersed systems, Thermal Engineering.

The complete list of publications can be found here.

The extended current CV can be found here.