Maxim Popov is a senior scientist at the Materials Center Leoben. He graduated from Krasnoyarsk state university (Russia) in 2006 (materials science), then spent 2 years in the Kirensky institute of Physics in Krasnoyarsk (Russia). He completed his PhD studies in 2013 in Montanuniversitaet Leoben (Austria). Maxim is conducting research in a number of fields with a focus on functional materials and he uses atomistic modelling as a primary tool. He is also a team member of the Project P29563-N36 “Origin of relaxor behaviour in Ba-based lead-free perovskites” (ends 30.06.2019), and the Project I 4581-N (with Czech Republic) “Polarization decorrelation regions in perovskite relaxors” (start July 2020, end June 2023).