Leonid P. Rikhvanov

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Leonid P. Rikhvanov

Leonid P. Rikhvanov (DOB 1945) – Professor at the Department of Geoecology and Geochemistry at Tomsk Polytechnic University. Established and developed the Siberian Radiogeochemical school which is widely-known across the world. His research covers geochemistry of radioactive elements, toxic components detection in mineral deposits, ecological evaluation of territories, biosphere investigation of previous ages. Organized and introduced Geoecology degree course at TPU, first behind the Ural Mountains. Published over 200 papers in peer-reviewed journals, co-author of 9 monographs, author of 3 monographs, 14 tutorials, registered 9 inventor’s certificates and patents. H-index (WoS) – 3, h-index (Scopus) – 5, h-index (Russian Citation Index) – 12.

One of active science popularizers. Famous for his comments on different geological and geochemical phenomena: Sleepy Hollow in Kazakhstan, a giant crater in Yakutia.


2000 - Doctor of Geological and Minerological Sciences;

1975 - Candidate of Geological and Minerological Sciences (PhD);

1969 - Graduation from Tomsk Polytechnic University.

Employment history

Tomsk Polytechnic University

2012 - currently Professor at the Department of Geoecology and Geochemistry;

2000 - 2012 Head of the Department of Geoecology and Geochemistry;

1981 - 1999 Head of the Department of Minerals and Geochemistry of Rare Elements, Associate Professor;

1979 - 1980 Senior Lecturer at the Department of Minerals and Geochemistry of Rare Elements;

1975 - 1978 Assistant at the Department of Geology and Geochemistry of Rare Ores and Radioactive Elements.


2005 - held a workshop in Mongolian Institute of Nuclear Physics;

2002 - held a workshop in People’s Republic of China.

Research Interests

- Geochemistry of radioactive elements in natural environments, radiogeochemical typing of rocks and ores, soil and biota;

- Radioecology;

- Comprehensive study of mineral deposits to detect toxic components (coal, peat, titanium-zircon placer and others.);

- Radiogeochemical techniques of hydrocarbons forecasting technology;

- Complex ecological and geochemical assessment of the status of territories;

- Dynamics in geochemical composition of biosphere based on the studies of stratified formations (tree rings, sediments, glaciers, peat, etc.).

Honors and Recognition

2009 - Included in TPU Gallery of Honor;

Diplomas of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation;

Awarded with titles “Honored Prospector”, “Honored Geologist of the Russian Federation”, “Honored Worker of Science”, “Honored Worker of Higher Education”;

2006 - Winner of Tomsk Region Contest in Education and Science;

2006 - Diploma of the Tomsk Region State Duma;

2005 - Diploma of the Tomsk Region Administration;

2004 - Diploma of the Tomsk city.


Editor at Bulletin of Tomsk Polytechnic University (Russia);

Editor at Biogeochemistry and Geochemical Ecology Problems Journal (Kazakhstan).

International Activity

2005 - Organizer of the Russian-German workshop on environmental management and ecology;

2000, 2001, 2002, 2004 – Organizer of Russian-French workshops on environmental management and ecology;

2001, 2003, 2004 - Organizer of Sino-Russian workshops on non-traditional techniques of forecasting and search of hydrocarbons.

International partners

The Institute of Surface Geochemistry (France);

The Institute of Nuclear and Radiation Safety (France);

The Institute of Mineral Resources of the Academy of Sciences of China;

The All-Chinese University of Geological;

Universities of Germany.

Contact Information

Phone: +7-3822-60-61-99

E-mail: rikhvanov@tpu.ru