Kirill Kovnir

Professor Kirill Kovnir

Professor Kirill Kovnir

Adjunct Associate Professor
Ph.D. Moscow State University

Research in our group is focused on exploring novel materials for energy generation, conversion, and storage. In particular, we are interested but not limited to thermoelectric materials, Li-ion batteries, superconductors and catalysts. Understanding the structure-property relationship is a key to the rational design of such materials. We are using various techniques of inorganic and solid state chemistry for the synthesis of new materials and characterization of their functional properties. Optimization of material’s performance is achieved on the microscale by tailoring atomic arrangements and chemical bonding in the crystal structure, and on the macroscale by varying particles size, shape, and chemical composition of the surface. Graduate and undergraduate students who join our group will be exposed to a variety of techniques for synthesis and characterization of solid state inorganic materials.

The Kovnir Lab is now located at Iowa State University

Education, Awards and Professional Highlights

  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2017)
  • Guest Editor for Chemistry of Materials Virtual Issue on Thermoelectrics (2016)
  • Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers Emergent Investigator (2016)
  • Materials Research Express Emergent Investigator (2016)
  • Chemistry Communication Emergent Investigator (2015)
  • ACS Solid-State Materials Chemistry Emergent Investigator (2014)
  • Young Chemists highlighted in Chemistry - A European Journal (2014)
  • ACS YCC Leadership Development Award (2013)
  • NSF REU Chemistry Leadership Group Award (2013)
  • ACS Chemistry Ambassador (2013)
  • Appointed to UC Davis faculty (2011)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Florida State University (2008-2011)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Fritz-Haber-Institute of Max-Planck Society, Berlin (2007-2008)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Max-Planck-Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids, Dresden (2005-2007)
  • Ph.D. Moscow State University (2004)
  • M.S., B.S. Moscow State University (2001)

Representative Publications