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Vitalij K. Pecharsky
Ames Laboratory-USDOE
Senior Scientist
Magnetism Focus Area and
Extraordinary & Responsive Rare Earth Materials Research Area
Iowa State University
Anson Marston Distinguished Professor of Engineering

Materials Science and Engineering
253 Spedding
Tel: 515-294-8220
Fax: 515-294-9579

B.S./M.S. (with distinction) 1976, Chemistry, Ph.D. 1979, Inorganic Chemistry and Crystallography, L'viv State University, Ukraine; Assistant Professor, 1979-85, Associate Professor, 1985-94, L'viv State University, Ukraine; Visiting Scientist, Ames Laboratory, 1989-90 and 1993-94; Ames Laboratory and Iowa State University, 1995-present.

Synthesis, structure, experimental thermodynamics, physical and chemical properties of complex binary, ternary and multicomponent intermetallic compounds containing rare earth metals. Relationships between materials' composition, structure and physical and chemical properties. Advanced active and passive magnetic refrigeration materials. Physical properties of ultra-pure rare earth metals. Anomalous behavior of 4f-electron systems. Hydrogen storage alloys. Mechanochemical processing of materials.

V.K. Pecharsky and P.Y. Zavalij
“Fundamentals of powder diffraction and structural characterization of materials,“
Springer, 714 (2005).

D. Haskel, Y.B. Lee, B.N. Harmon, Z. Islam, J.C. Lang, G.Srajer, Ya. Mudryk, K.A. Gschneidner, Jr., and V.K. Pecharsky
“Role of Ge in bridging ferromagnetism in the giant magnetocaloric Gd5(Ge1-xSix)4 alloys,“ Phys. Rev. Lett., 98, 247205 (2007).

V.K. Pecharsky and K.A. Gschneidner, Jr.
“Structure, magnetism and thermodynamics of the novel rare earth based R5T4 intermetallics,“ Pure Appl. Chem., 79, 1383 (2007).

O. Dolotko, H. Zhang, O. Ugurlu, J.W. Wiench, M. Pruski, L.S. Chumbley, and V.K. Pecharsky
“Mechanochemical transformations in Li(Na)AlH4 - Li(Na)NH2 systems,“ Acta Mater. 55, 312 (2007).

V.K. Pecharsky, Ya. Mudryk, and K.A. Gschneidner, Jr.
“In-situ powder diffraction in high magnetic fields,“Z. Kristallogr. Suppl., 26, 139 (2007).


  • 2007–2010: Editorial board of the Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, Elsevier
  • Awarded the title of Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering, May 2006
  • 2003 Materials Science and Engineering Department Excellence in Research Award
  • 2003 Innovative Housing Technology Awards: Coming of Age Award for Magnetic Refrigerator by the National Association of Home Builders, Atlanta, GA
  • 2002 to date: Editor of the Handbook on the Physics and Chemistry of Rare Earths together with K.A. Gschneidner, Jr. and J.C. Bunzli, Elsevier
  • 2002 Federal Laboratory Consortium's Mid-Continent Award for Outstanding Regional Partnership between DOE's Ames Laboratory (AL) and Astronautics Corporation of America (ACA) on “Magnetic Refrigeration Technology”
  • US DOE’s Energy 100 Award for the “Magnetic Refrigeration Unit,” January 2001
  • Award of Excellence for a Technical Paper “Magnetic Cooling for Appliances” presented at the 50 th Anniversary Conference of the International Appliance Technical Conference at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, May 10-12, 1999
  • 1997 DOE Materials Sciences Award for Significant Implication for Department of Energy Related Technologies in the Materials and Engineering Physics. Research “The Giant Magnetocaloric Effect Materials, Gd 5(SixGe1-x)4, and their Impact on Refrigeration Technologies”
  • Russell B. Scott Memorial Award for the best research paper, published in Advances in Cryogenic Engineering in 1993