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In memory of
Professor Yu.F. SHMALKO


In April, 2008, Yuri Fedorovich celebrated his 60th jubilee. Full of life and creative plans, Professor Yu. F. Smalko worked on a monograph, was in charge of Faculty of Physics and Energy and Department of unconventional energy technologies and ecology in Karazin Kharkov National University he created and also of laboratory of hydrogen energy technologies in A. Podgorny Institute for Mechanical Engineering Problems of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. Sudden death ends his life abruptly.
After graduation from post-graduate studies in Low Temperature Institute of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (Kharkov) 1976 in specialty ‘experimental physics’ Yuri Fedorovich Shmalko worked in A. Podgorny Institute for Mechanical Engineering Problems of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. He was one of initiators and organizers of the first in Ukraine Faculty of Physics and Energy subordinated to Ministry of Ukraine for Education and Science and to National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. In 2003, he was elected as professor and head of department in Kharkov National University; over a period of years he worked as a Dean of Faculty of Physics and Energy, lectured on new trends in the field of physical and technical problems, guided workshops. Faculty of Physics and Energy is a new science and educational structure intended to integrate academic science and high school science in order to rise the level of high education, to draw young scientists and training highly qualified professionals for to-day and future energetic industry.
Yu. F. Shmalko was a recognized specialist in the field of hydrogen energy, worked as a visit-professor at University of Illinois, Chicago, USA; Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg, Germany; Jilin University (Changchun, China). He was a full Member of International Association for Hydrogen Energy and a foreign Member of National association of the USA in hydrogen energy; he was elected as a vicepresident of Ukrainian Association in hydrogen energy. Yuri Fedorovich was a member of editorial boards of several international scientific journals and a member of standing Organizing Committees of international science conferences in the field of hydrogen energy, in particular, ICHMS Organizing Committee. He authored 190 scientific works including several monographs.
Professional interests of Yu. F. Shmalko covered a wide range of problems associated with physical and physical and chemical properties of ‘hydrogen isotopes - hydrideforming material’ systems, and also development of metallic-hydride installations for energy conversion. He was the first to found and study experimentally the effect of thermodesorptional activation of hydrogen isotopes by metallic hydrides and work out a concept for multifunctional metallic-hydride devices. Yu. F. Shmalko paid a lot of attention to numerical simulation of phase equilibriums in ‘hydrogen isotopes - metallic hydride’ systems; his last monograph was published based on the results of this study.
Optimism, ability to overcome difficulties in solving scientific problems, ability to get on well with people, kindliness and courtesy towards people, and high self-discipline distinguished Yu. F. Shmalko.
We will always hold the memory of Yuri Fedorovich in our hearts.

V.S. Marinin
K.R. Umerenkova
August 2009