Denis V. Balitsky received a PhD degree at Moscow State University in 2000, and was appointed as Associate Professor at the University of Montpellier (France) in 2005. Currently he is a senior scientist in crystal growth at Cristal Laser SA in France. Balitsky is an expert in crystallography and crystal chemistry. He worked initially on the hydrothermal growth of several types of oxide materials for piezoelectric, optic and electro-optic applications. At Cristal Laser, Balitsky is more specifically involved in the development of large size non-linear and electro-optic materials for laser applications.