Natalia P. Zaitseva

Contact information:

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
7000 East Avenue, L-188
Livermore, CA 94550
phone: 925-423-3537
fax: 925-422-7310

Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff


  • Ph.D. in Physics and Mathematics, Lomonosov Moscow State University
  • M.S. Physical Chemistry, Mendeleev Institute of Chemical Technology, Moscow, Russia  


  • My research involves studies of growth mechanisms and physical properties of single crystals grown from low-temperature solutions. The main focus of current studies is concentrated on synthesis and applications of new organic materials (crystals and plastics) for detection and discrimination of different types of radiation. Previous work included development of methods for accelerated crystal growth for production of uniquely large crystals for the world largest laser, National Ignition Facility (NIF).

Selected publications:

  1. Natalia Zaitseva, Benjamin L. Rupert, Iwona Pawełczak, Andrew Glenn, H. Paul Martinez, Leslie Carman, Michelle Faust, Nerine Cherepy, and Stephen Payne, “Plastic scintillators with efficient neutron/gamma pulse shape discrimination”, Nucl. Inst. Meth. A (2012) 88-93.
  2. Natalia Zaitseva, Andrew Glenn, Leslie Carman, Robert Hatarik, Sebastien Hamel, Michelle Faust,Brandon Schabes, Nerine Cherepy, and Stephen Payne, “Pulse Shape Discrimination in Impure and Mixed Single-Crystal Organic Scintillators”, IEEE Trans. Nucl. Sci., 58, (2011) 3411-3420.
  3. Natalia Zaitseva, Leslie Carman, Andrew Glenn, Jason Newby, Michelle Faust, Sebastien Hamel,  Nerine Cherepy, and Stephen Payne, Application of solution techniques to rapid growth of organic crystals, J. Cryst. Growth 314 (2011) 163–170.
  4. Natalia P. Zaitseva, Jason Newby, Sebastien Hamel, Leslie Carman, Michelle Faust, Vincenzo Lordi, Nerine J. Cherepy, Wolfgang Stoeffl, and Stephen A. Payne, “Neutron detection with single crystal organic scintillators”, Proc. of SPIE Vol. 7449 744911-(1-10) (2009)
  5. Natalia Zaitseva, Jason Newby, Giulia Hull, Cheng Saw, Leslie Carman, Nerine Cherepy, and Stephen Payne, “Growth and Properties of Lithium Salicylate Single Crystals”, Crystal Growth &Design, 9(8), 3799-3802 (2009).
  6. Natalia Zaitseva, Sebastien Hamel, Zu Rong Dai, Cheng Saw, Andrew Williamson, and Giulia Galli, Effect of nitrogen on the stability of Si nanocrystals produced by decomposition of alkyl silanes, J. Phys. Chem. C 2008, 112, 3585-3590.
  7. Natalia Zaitseva, Zu Rong Dai, Francisco R. Leon, and Denise Krol, Optical Properties of CdSe Superlattices, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 127(29), 10221-10226 (2005).
  8. Natalia Zaitsea, Liberato Manna, Daniele Gerion, and Cheng K.  Saw, Precipitation of Selenium from CdSe Nanocrystal Solutions, Adv. Mater. 2005, 17 (11), 1321-1324.
  9. N.Zaitseva, J.Harper, D.Gerion, and C.Saw, Unseeded growth of Germanium Nanowires by Vapor-Liquid-Solid mechanism, Appl. Phys. Let., 86, 053105 (2005).
  10. N.Zaitseva, L.Carman, Rapid growth of KDP and DKDP crystals, Review article in Progress of Crystal Growth and Characterization of Materials 43 1-118 (2001).
  11. N.Zaitseva, I.Smolsky, L.Carman, Growth phenomena in the surface layer and step generation from the edges of faceted crystals, J.Cryst. Growth 222 (2001) 249-262.
  12. N.P.Zaitseva, J.J.DeYoreo, M.R.Dehaven, R.V.Vital, K.E.Montgomery, M.Richardson and L.J.Atherton, Rapid growth of large-scale (40-55 cm) KH2PO4 crystals, J.Cryst.Growth, 180 255-262 (1997).