Dr. Vladimir Kolobov

Adjunct Professor Principal Research Scientist VI, CSPAR


320 Sparkman Drive
Cramer Research Hall
Room 2090
Huntsville, AL 35899
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Dr. Vladimir Kolobov received his Ph.D. in Physics from St. Petersburg State University in Russia in 1987. He is a Principal Research Scientist at the Center of Space Plasma and Aeronomic Research (CSPAR) and an Adjunct Professor with the Space Science Department. He has been a co-principal investigator of the DOE Plasma Science Center administered by the University of Michigan and a co-director of the National Science Foundation EPSCoR project "CPU2AL: Connecting the Plasma Universe to Plasma Technology in Alabama," at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH).

Dr Kolobov is also a Technical Fellow at CFD Research Corporation (CFDRC). As an industrial physicist, he was a Principal Investigator of numerous research projects supported by NSF, DoD, NASA, DOE and Dept of Commerce within Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR), Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) and other programs. Over two decades, he has directed a very productive plasma technology group at CFDRC.

His accomplishments have been recognized by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Dr Kolobov received an IEEE Region 3 Outstanding Engineer Award in 2015 for distinctive contributions to plasma science through advances in theory and through the development of computational tools, and was elevated to IEEE Fellow in 2016 for contributions to theory, simulation and software development for industrial plasma.


  • Ph.D., St. Petersburg University, Russia, 1989
  • M.S., St. Petersburg University, Russia, 1984

Research Funding

  • Electrode erosion by high-pressure moving arcs (AFOSR STTR) - $1.7M
  • Simulations of explosive electron emission (DOE SBIR) - $1.15M
  • Self-Organization of Plasma-Material Interfaces (DOE EPSCoR for building EPSCoR-State/National Laboratory Partnerships) - $750,000.

Recent Publications

  • V.I. Kolobov and V. A. Godyak, Electron kinetics in low-temperature plasmas, Phys. Plasmas 26, 060601 (2019)

  • V.I. Kolobov and R.R. Arslanbekov, "Towards Adaptive Kinetic-Fluid Simulations of Weakly Ionized Plasmas", J. Comput. Phys. 231 (2012) 839

  • V.I. Kolobov and A.S. Metel, "Glow Discharges with Electrostatic Confinement of the Fast Electrons", J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 48 233001 (2015)