Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies:    Prof. Dr. Igor Mishustin   


Prof. Dr. Igor Mishustin

Senior Fellow
Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS)
Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität
Ruth-Mougang-Str. 1
D-60438 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

telephone: +49 69 798 47504
fax: +49 69 798 47611
office: 2.201 in FIAS building

On leave of absence from the National Research Center “Kurchatov Institute”, Moscow 123182, Russia

Head of the group working in theoretical subatomic physics and astrophysics

Biographical remarks

I have studied theoretical physics and astrophysics at the Moscow State University where my Diploma advisor was Prof. Ya.B. Zeldovich. My PhD thesis "Pion condensation in neutron stars" was supervised by Prof. A.B. Migdal. I have obtained my PhD (1975) and later the Doctor of Sciences degree (habilitation) at the Kurchatov Institute of Atomic Energy in Moscow. Together with Prof. V.M. Galitskii I have established a heavy-ion theory group there. In 80-s and 90-s I worked at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, first as visiting scientist and later as Carlsberg professor. In 1999-2003 I have made several long-term visits to the Institute for Theoretical Physics, Goethe University, as Humboldt awardee and DAAD professor. The year 2001 I have spent at the University of Minnesota (USA) as a guest professor. In 2004 I have joined the newly-established FIAS, where I enjoy creative atmosphere and scientific diversity. I lead a team of scientists working in theoretical subatomic physics and astrophysics. Here, I got interested in new directions of research, especially dealing with the applications of heavy-ion physics in medicine and industry. Over the years I was lecturing on graduate and post-graduate levels as well as supervising Diploma and PhD students in several Universities.

Group members

PhD students

Research fields

My primary research fields include theoretical nuclear physics, heavy-ion physics, nuclear and particle astrophysics, applications of heavy-ion physics in medicine and industry:

All details of my research activity over the years can be found in the publications listed below.


Lecture courses

Lecture notes are available and are distributed during the course.

Open Positions

A number of open postdoc, Ph.D. and Diploma student positions available in my group. Young people who want to conduct research in one of the fields listed above are encouraged to apply. The applicants should have a solid background in one or more of the following areas:

Interested candidates should send CV, statement of research interests and 3 letters of recommendation directly to my postal or e-mail address given above.



The FIAS provides excellent conditions for truly interdisciplinary research. Recently we have started several joint research projects:

The group has strong scientific interaction, in some cases an active collaboration, with the Institute for Theoretical Physics, Goethe University, and Helmholtzzentrum fur Schwerionenforschung (GSI), Darmstadt.

We have good scientific contacts with many international research centers which include CERN, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Joint Institute for Nuclear research (JINR, Dubna), Niels Bohr Institute (University of Copenhagen), University of Minnesota, Bergen University and many other research groups in Germany and Russia.

© 2006-2011 Igor Mishustin