Instructor in the Rabb School of Continuing Studies, Division of Graduate Professional Studies


Ph.D., Ural Polytechnic

Field of Specialty

Research in Physics and Biophysics, chemical and biological interfaces, modeling of membranes and proteins (mostly published under the alias "Partenskii"). Teaching Math and Science from High School to graduate level. Popularizing science.

Contact Information

Edison-Lecks Science Building 117

Michael B. Partensky

Michael Partensky, PhD, has more than twenty years of experience in teaching and research in statistical and chemical physics and biophysics, and in popularizing science. He is a member of the Wolfram Research faculty program and a co-founder of BosDLI.com dedicated to the on-line education in Math and Science. He is enthusiastic about the application of the computer-aided thinking tools such as Mathematica and MatLab in research and teaching.


Partensky, M. B.. "Non-uniform concentration of bubbles in rising dough." Proc. of AAPT Physics Education, Portland, Oregon. 2013.

Partensky, M. B.. "Penetration of electrostatic field into metals: theoretical conundrums and their resolution." Proc. of AAPT Physics Education., Portland, Oregon. 2013.

Partenskii, M. B., Jordan P.C.. "Relaxing gap capacitor models of electrified interfaces." Am. J. Phys. 79. (2011): 103.

Partensky, M. B., Putyrsky, V.P.. "Magnetic Resonance (MR) Analogy for a Charged Particle Dynamics in a Magnetic Field". Proc. of AAPT Physics Education. 2011.

Miloshevsky G., Hassanein, A., Partenskii, M.B. Jordan, P.C.. "Electroelastic coupling between membrane surface fluctuations and membrane-embedded charges: Continuum multidielectric treatment." J. Chem. Phys. 132. (2010): 1.

Partensky, M. B.. "Problems without borders". Proc. of AAPT Physics Education. Portland, Oregon: AAPT, 2010.

Partensky, M.B., Partensky P. D., Putyrsky V. P.. "Teaching Catastrophic Behaviors in Introductory Physics". Proc. of AAPT Physics Education. Portland, Oregon: AAPT, 2010.

Partenskii, M.B., Jordan, P.C.. "“Squishy capacitor” model for electrical double layers and the stability of charged interfaces." Phys. Rev. E. 80. (2009): 011112.

Partenskii, M. B. and Jordan P.C.. "Limitations and strengths of uniformly charged double-layer theory: Physical significance of capacitance anomalies." Phys. Rev. E. 77. (2008): 061117-061126.

Partenskii, M.B.. "The Circle of Apollonius and Its Applications in Introductory Physics." The Physics Teacher 46. (2008): 104-108.

Cox, J. and M.B. Partensky. "Spatial Localization Problem and the Circle of Apollonius." Arxiv:Physics /0701146. (2007)

Partenskii, M.B. Miloshevsky, G,N, and Jordan P.C.. "The Theoretical Challenge Posed by Low-Voltage Membrane Electroporation, Viewed from the Perspective of Continuum and Molecular-Level Models." Israel J. Chem. 47. (2007): 385-396.

Miloshevsky,G.N. at al.. "Applications of Finite Difference Methods to Membrane-Mediated protein interactions and to heat and magnetic field diffusion in plasmas." Journal Computational Physics 215. (2006): 25-51.

Partenskii,M.B. and P.C. Jordan. "Negative Capacitance and Instability at Electrified Interfaces: Lessons from the Study of Membrane Capacitors." Condensed Matter Physics (2005): 397-412.

Partenskii,M. B., Miloshevsky,G.N. and P.C. Jordan. "Membrane Inclusions as Coupled Harmonic Oscillators:." Journal of Chemical Physics (2004): 7183-93.

Partensky,M. B. and P.D. Partensky. "Can a Spring Beat the Charges?." The Physics Teacher (2004): 772-476.

Partenskii, M.B., Miloshevsky, G.N. and Jordan,P.C.. "Stabilization of Ion Channels Due to Membrane-Mediated Elastic Interaction." Journal of Chemical Physics (2003): 10306.

Partenskii,M. B., Miloshevsky, G.N. and P.C. Jordan. "Energetics and Gating of Narrow Ionic Channels: The Influence of Channel Architecture and Lipid-Channel Interactions." Interfacial Catalysis (2003): 493-534.

Partenskii, M. B., Jordan,P.C.. "Membrane Deformation and the Elastic Energy of Insertion; Pertubation of Mebrane Elastic Constants Due to Peptide Insertion." Journal of Chemical Physics (2002): 1-9.

Partensky, M. B. and Y.S. Neustadt. "Effective Spring Constants for the Elastically Coupled Insertions in Membranes." arXiv:physics /0212038v4. (2002): 1-6.

Partensky, M. B.. "The Elastic Capacitor and Its Unusual Properties." Physics Arxive (2002).

Partensky, M. B.. "Two Boys and a Can of Coca-Cola." The Physics Teacher (2002): 106.

Partenskii, MB and Jordan, P.C., P. Jordan. "Electroelastic Instabilities in Double Layers and Membranes Liquid Interfaces, In: Chemical, Biological, and Pharmaceutical Applications." (2001): 82.

Partenskii, M.B., Jordan,P.C.. "Membrane Capacitance: Non-Local Electroelastic Treatment." Molecular Physics (2000): 200.

Partenskii, M.B., Dorman,V.L. and P.C. Jordan. "Electostatic Influences on Ion-Water Correlations in Ion Channels." Progress in Cell Research (1997): 10361.

Partenskii, M.B., Dorman,V.L. and P.C. Jordan. "The Question of Negative Capacitance and Its Relation to Instabilities and Phasae Transitions at Electrified Interaces." International Reviews in Physical Chemistry (1996): 151-181.

Partenskii, M. B., Feldman,V.J. and M.M. Vorobjev. "Surface Electron Screening Theory and Its Applications to Metal-Electrolyte Interface." Progress in Surface Science (1986): 3--154.

Courses Taught

RBIF 103 Probability and Statistics