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Science & Engineering Complex
Robinson Hall, Room 167

Tufts University
Medford, MA 02155

Secondary Office Location:
200 Boston Ave., Room 2073

200 Boston Ave.,
Rooms 2701-2702 & 2708-2709

Tel: 617.627.2548
Fax: 617.627.3058
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Igor Sokolov
Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Adjunct Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Adjunct Professor, Department of Physics
Bernard M. Gordon Senior Faculty Fellow


Ph.D., The Mendeleev Institute of Metrology (the Russian NIST), 1991
BS (Physics with honors), St. Petersburg State University, Russia, 1984

Research Interests

Nano-bio applications:

  • Nano-mechanics of soft materials, cells and biomolecules.
  • Nanophotonics: fluorescent nanoparticles for heat transfer at the micro and nanoscales, for security, and biomedical applications.
  • Self-assembly of nanoporous materials.
  • Nano-stethoscope: recording subatomic vibrations of living organisms.
  • Atomic force microscopy.
  • Novel processes for dentistry: nano-polishing and self-healing materials.


  • Nanoporous materials for advanced filtration and sequestration.
  • Self-healing materials.
  • Protective lubrication films in non-aqueous media.


Igor Sokolov received his B.S. in Physics from St. Petersburg State University, Russia in 1984, and earned his Ph.D. from D.I. Mendeleev Central Institute for Metrology the Soviet Bureau of Standards (Russian NIST), Russia in 1991. In 1992, he was the recipient of the E.L. Ginzton International Fellowship Award from Stanford University for his work on atomic force microscopy. Igor worked as a research associate in the University of Toronto's Physics and Chemistry Departments before moving to Clarkson University in 2000 to join their Physics Department, where he achieved the title of full professor and served as director of the Nanoengineering and Biotechnology Laboratories Center. During his career, he has consulted for many large corporations such as Proctor and Gamble, General Electric, Arkema Group, Inc. and Purdue Pharma. He has 138 refereed publications, including such journals as Nature, Nature Nanotechnology, Advanced Materials, etc.. He holds 20 patents (issued and pending). Igor's current research focuses on nanomechanics of soft material, molecules and cells; atomic force microscopy; nanophotonics, and the studies towards understanding of nature of cancer, early detection of cancer based on altered biophysical properties; self-assembly.

Honors and Awards

  • 2012 Research on "nanostethoscope" was chosen as one of only 15 to present to the entire annual America Physical Society meeting in Boston, out of about 9,000 presentations in total.
  • 2011 Research on emergence of fractal structures in cancer cells was discussed by New Scientist, America Institute of Physics, US News and World Reports.
  • 2011 Self-assembly of ultrabright nanoparticles: on the news by MRS News, PhysNews, EETimes.
  • 2010 New method of study of physiology of living insects at the nanoscale was highlighted by DiscoveryNews, ScienceDaily, interviewed for the National Public Radio (NPR).
  • 2009 Veeco Labs Research Award, "HarmoniX Innovation"
  • 2007 Member, Million Dollar Club, Clarkson University (for PIs with over $1M in support)
  • 2006 The Graham Research Award (Clarkson University)
  • 2005 Simon Greenberg Foundation Scholarship for study of aging skin
  • 1996 Ministry of Education of the Japanese Government Award for visiting National Institute of Metals, Tsukuba, Japan
  • 1993-1994 Soros Grant for fundamental research
  • 1994-1992 E.L. Ginzton International Fellowship Award for the study of atomic force microscopy (Stanford University)
  • 1985, 1986 Awards of Mendeleev Metrology Institute for the best young researcher of the year


  • Forces at the Nanoscale
  • Introduction to Scanning Probe Microscopy
  • Numerical Methods
  • Mechanics at the Nanoscale (to be introduced in the future)

Professional Appointments

  • 2008-2013 Professor, Departments of Physics and Chemical and Biomolecular Science, Clarkson University
  • 2008-2013 Center for Sustainable Energy Systems, Clarkson University, member
  • 2007-2013 Director of the Nanoengineering and Biotechnology Center, Clarkson University
  • 2006-2007 Associate Professor, Clarkson University
  • 2000-2005 Assistant Professor, Clarkson University
  • 2000-2013 NY Center for Advanced Material Processing, member
  • 1994 Research Associate, Departments of Microbiology, University of Toronto, Canada
  • 1995-2000 Research Associate, Departments of Physics and Chemistry, University of Toronto, Canada
  • 1991-1994 Research Engineer, St. Petersburg Institute for Technology, Russia


  • General Electric (2012-present)
  • Inverness Medical Professional Diagnostics (2008-2013)
  • Purdue Pharma (2007-2010)
  • BASF (2006)
  • Arkema Group, Inc. (2005-2007)
  • Rohm & Haas Electronic Materials (2001-2006)
  • Procter and Gamble (2003-2008)

Service Memberships

  • Materials Research Society (MRS)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • American Physical Society (APS)
  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • Biophysical Society (ACS)