Leading Scientist


Igor Rufailovich Nabiev

Igor R. Nabiev graduated from the secondary school of the city of Vileika, Minsk region, the former Belorussian Republic of the Soviet Union (now Belarus) with Golden Medal (highest honors) and entered the Department of Theoretical and Experimental Physics of Moscow Engineering Physics Institute, where he majored in biophysics. Within 2.5 years after graduation (in 1980) with honors, Nabiev prepared his candidate dissertation (PhD thesis) in physics and mathematics under the supervision of Prof. Viktor Ivanovich Ivanov, D.Sc., and received the degree from the Department of Biology of Moscow State University in March 1983.

In the early 1980s Nabiev was the first Russian researcher to develop, in collaboration with research groups headed by Therese Cotton (United States) and Eckhard Koglin (Germany), biological applications of surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS), an ultrasensitive analytical method. From 1983 to 1992, Nabiev was the head of the Group (later, Laboratory) of Optical Spectroscopy at the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry of the Academy of Sciences of the Soviet Union. In 1990, at an age of 33, he received his professor degree (in chemistry) from this institute.

Nabiev's research in SERS biospectroscopy in the 1980s attracted much attention of the scientific community and won him a number of prestigious scientific prizes. Nabiev was invited as a visiting professor to Georgia Technological Institute, Atlanta, Georgia, United States (1989); Pittsburgh University, Pittsburgh, United States (1990); and the University of Reims Champagne‐Ardenne (Université de Reims Champagne‐Ardenne), France (1991–1994).

In 1994 Nabiev accepted full professorship in the University of Reims Champagne‐Ardenne, France, where he is now directing nano-biotechnological developments in the Laboratory for Research in Nanoscience (Laboratorie de Recherche en Nanosciences, LRN-EA4682).

Since 2000, Prof. Nabiev has been developing the methods for synthesis semiconductor nanocrystals, functional modification of their surface, and their biomedical applications as fluorescent tags for ultrasensitive detection and biomedical diagnosis. He was the first European researcher to patent diagnostic systems based on nanocrystals conjugated with recognizing molecules.

At present, Prof. Nabiev coordinates a number of national (French and Russian) and international (European Union) research programs on the development of ultrasensitive nano-biotechnological detection systems using solid-state and liquid-phase chips. He also supervises basic research and applied developments in nanosafety and nanomedicine. Prof. Nabiev is the director of European Technological Platform "Semiconductor Nanocrystals" in the framework of the NAMDIATREAM project (the Institute of Molecular Medicine of Trinity College Dublin, Ireland).

In 2008–2009 Prof. Nabiev received the Walton Award, a prestigious scientific prize of the Science Foundation of Ireland, for his research and developments in nano-biotechnology.


Quantitative data on Leading Scientist’s publications as of April 9, 2021


Results found
(Web of Science):


Total number of citations
(Web-of-Science / Google Scholar):

7 123 / 9 592

Average number of citations per item
(Web of Science):


Total number of citations of the 10 best publications
(Web-of-Science / Google Scholar):

2 353 / 3 218

Average number of citations per item for the 10 best publications
(Web-of-Science / Google Scholar):

235.3 / 321.8

Hirsch's h-index (Web of Science)


Hirsch's h-index (Google Scholar)





Number of citations
(Web of Science / Google Scholar)

Kulakovich, O., Strekal, N., Yaroshevich, A., Maskevich, S., Gaponenko, S., NABIEV, I., Woggon, U., Artemyev, M. (2002) Enhanced luminescence of CdSe quantum dots on gold colloids. Nano Lett., 2, 1449-1452.

581 / 766

Sukhanova, A., Devy, J., Venteo, L., Kaplan, H., Artemyev, A., Oleinikov, V., Klinov, D., Pluot, M., Cohen, J.H.M., NABIEV, I. (2004) Biocompatible fluorescent nanocrystals for immunolabeling of membrane proteins and cells. Anal Biochem., 324, 60-67.

284 / 433

Shemetov, A.A., NABIEV, I., Sukhanova, A. (2012) Molecular interaction of proteins and peptides with nanoparticles. ACS NANO6, 4585-4602.

281 / 362

Wargnier, R., Baranov, A., Maslov, V., Stsiapura, V., Artemyev, M., Pluot, M., Sukhanova, A., NABIEV, I. (2004) Energy transfer in aqueous solutions of oppositely charged CdSe/ZnS core/shell quantum dots and in quantum dot-nanogold assemblies. Nano Lett., 4, 451-457

210 / 283

Baranov, A., Rakovich, Yu., Donegan, J., Perova, T., Moore, R., Talapin, D., Rogach, A., Masumoto, Y., NABIEV, I. (2003) Effect of ZnS shell thickness on the phonon spectra in CdSe quantum dots Phys. Rev. B, 68, 1653061.

206 / 281

NABIEV, I., Mitchell, S., Williams, Y., Kelleher, D., Moore, R., Gun'ko, Y.K., Byrne, S., Rakovich, Y.P., Donegan, J.F., Sukhanova, A., Conroy, J., Cottell, D., Gaponik, N., Rogach, A., Volkov, Y. (2007) Nonfunctionalized nanocrystals can exploit a cell's active transport machinery delivering them to specific nuclear and cytoplasmic compartments. Nano Letters, 7, 3452-3461.

197 / 270

Sukhanova, A., Bozrova, S., Sokolov, P., Berestovoy, M., Karaulov, A., NABIEV, I. (2018) Dependence of nanoparticle toxicity on their physical and chemical properties. Nanoscale Research Letters, 13, 44.

181 / 260

Bilan, R., Fleury, F., NABIEV, I., Sukhanova, A. (2015) Quantum dot surface chemistry and functionalization for cell targeting and imaging. Bioconjugate Chemistry, 26, 609–624.

141 / 191

Montenegro, J.M., Grazu, V., Sukhanova, A., Agarwal, S., de la Fuente, J.M.,  NABIEV, I., Greiner, A., Parak, W.J. (2013) Controlled antibody/(bio-) conjugation of inorganic nanoparticles for targeted deliveryAdvanced Drug Delivery Reviews, 65, 677-688.

135 / 188

Sukhanova, A., Even-Desrumeaux, K., Kisserli, A., Tabary, T., Reveil, B., Millot, J.M., Chames, P., Baty, D., Artemyev, M., Poly, S., Oleinikov, V.A., Pluot, M., Cohen, J.H.M., NABIEV, I. (2012) Oriented conjugates of single-domain antibodies and quantum dots: Toward a new generation of ultra-small diagnostic nanoprobes. Nanomedicine: NBM, 8, 516-525. 

131 / 184

Total number of citations of the 10 best publications

2 353 / 3 218

Average number of citations per item for the 10 best publications

235.3 / 321.8


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