1981 - Ph.D. in Soil Science from Institute of Soil Science and Photosynthesis RAS, Russia.
1977 - B.Sc. & M.Sc. in Soil Science from Moscow State University, Russia.
Physical chemistry of soils and clays; soil surface heterogeneity and properties; soil and clay interfacial reactions; adsorption and transformation of natural and anthropogenic compounds by clays; environmental chemistry.