- M. Sc. 1973 (Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology)
- PhD. 1979 (Physics Institute of the Latvian Academy of Sciences, Riga)
Prof. Zolotoyabko emigrated from the USSR and joined the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Technion-israel Institute of Technology in 1990 as a senior research associate. In the USSR, he worked as a senior scientist at the nuclear reactor of the Physics Institute of the Latvian Academy of Sciences in Riga, developing new diffraction techniques and applying them for studying structure and collective excitations in crystals. In 1991 Prof. Zolotoyabko began to teach at Technion and in 1993 was appointed Faculty member. Full Professor since 2003. His scientific activity is focused on diffraction physics and development of novel diffraction techniques for synchrotron beam lines, application of synchrotron radiation to materials science, X-ray interaction with acoustic waves, atomic and nano-structure of materials, especially, biomaterials and interrelation with their mechanical properties. Scientific accomplishments include: direct wave summation method in X-ray diffraction simulations; development of Mössbauer diffraction for studying inelastic scattering in crystals at phase transitions; fast stroboscopic X-ray diffraction and imaging techniques for studying crystal dynamics on a nanosecond scale; energy-variable X-ray diffraction for microstructural characterization with sub-micron spatial resolution; measurement of the speed of X-rays; discovery of anisotropic lattice distortions in biocomposites grown by living organisms. Published more than 170 papers in scientific journals, three books, and four book chapters.
In 1999-2000, he spent a sabbatical year at Northwestern University (Evanston, USA) and Argonne National Laboratory (Argonne, USA). In years 2010 and 2014-2016, he was visiting professor in the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces (Potsdam-Golm, Germany).