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Olesja Starkova
Personal information  
Name Olesja Starkova
Title Dr. Phys. Researcher
Address 23 Aizkraukles St., LV-1006, Riga, Latvia
Telephone +371-67543120
Fax +371-67820467


Born: July 8, 1979, Riga, Latvia
Education: 1977 - onwards
2003 – 2007 Dr. Phys., University of Latvia, Faculty of Physics and Mathematics, specialisation: “Material science: polymers and composite materials”
2001 – 2003 M. sc. in Phys, University of Latvia, Faculty of Physics and Mathematics, specialisation: "Solid Mechanics"
1997 – 2001 B. sc. in Phys, University of Latvia, Faculty of Physics and Mathematics
Research experience:  
1998 – present
Research interests:
  • Viscoelastic behaviour and deformability of polymers and composite materials; prediction of long-term mechanical properties.
  • Environmental effects on mechanical and physical properties of polymers and composites.
  • Sorption of moisture and water by polymers and composites.
Languages: Russian, Latvian, English
  • L`OREAL Latvian scholarship for „Women in Science” with the support of UNESCO LNC and LAS, 2006/07.
  • DAAD research grant for doctoral candidates (Institute for Composite Materials, University of Kaiserslautern); Sept.-Nov., 2005.
  • ESF, project for PhD students of University of Latvia and young researchers, 2004/2008.
  • Latvian Council of Sciences, grant for PhD students, 2004/05.
  • The Latvian Academy of Sciences, L.&M. Jansons Award for Young Scientists, 2004.
  • Marie-Curie scholarship for early stage researchers for participation at ECCM-11 “Marie-Curie Large Conference”, 2004.
  • University of Latvia, K. Morbergs Award, 2003.
  • University of Latvia, the first award in competition of Master’s student thesis.
Recent/Representative publications:
  • Starkova O., Aniskevich A., “Limits of linear viscoelastic behavior of polymers”, Mechanics of Time-Dependent Materials, 11, No. 2, p. 111-126 (2007).
  • Starkova O., Yang Jing-Lei, Zhang Zhong, “Application of time-stress superposition to nonlinear creep of polyamide 66 filled with nanoparticles of various sizes”, Composite Science and Technology, 67, No.13, p. 2691-2698 (2007).
  • Aiello M. A., Leone M., Aniskevich A., Starkova O., “Moisture effects on elastic and viscoelastic properties of CFRP rebars and vinylester binder,” Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, 18, No. 5, p. 686-691 (2006).
  • Jansons J., Starkova O., Aniskevich A., “Nonlinear moisture effects on long-term creep at stationary and nonstationary conditions,” Science and Engineering of Composite Materials, 12, No. 1-2, p. 125-130 (2005).
  • Starkova O., Aniskevich A., “Modeling of moisture sorption by CFRP rebars with vinylester matrix,” Advanced Composite Letters, 13, No. 6, p. 283-289 (2004).
  • Faitel’son E. A., Korkhov V. P., Aniskevich A. N., and Starkova O. A., “Effects of moisture and stresses on the structure and properties of polyester resin,” Mechanics of Composite Materials, 40, No. 1, p. 57-66 (2004).
  • Plushchik O. A., Aniskevich A. N., “Diffusion moisture sorption by anisotropic polymer material in atmosphere with stationary and nonstationary humidity,” Mechanics of Composite Materials, 38, No. 2, p. 149-162 (2002).
  • Plushchik O. A., Aniskevich A. N., “Effects of temperature and moisture on the mechanical properties of polyester resin in tension,” Mechanics of Composite Materials, 36, No. 3, p. 233-240 (2000).