Professor Valentin L. Popov is Head of Department of System Dynamics and Friction Physics at the Technische Universität Berlin.
He studied physics and obtained his doctorate from the Moscow State Lomonosov University. Prior to TUB, he worked at the Institute of Strength Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Russia) and University of Paderborn (Germany). His areas of interest include contact mechanics, adhesion, wear, lubrication, friction of hard and soft matter, active control of friction, active bio contact mechanics, numerical simulation of frictional processes, research regarding earthquakes, as well as themes relating to materials sciences, such as the mechanics of elastoplastic media with microstructures, strength of metals and alloys, and shape in memory alloys. He is Editor-in-Chief of “Frontiers in Mechanical Engineering/Tribology” and an editorial board member of several international journals. He has authored 5 monographs and over 300 journal papers. He regularly organizes international conferences and workshops covering diverse tribological themes.