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Mercouri Kanatzidis


B.S.: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki 1979; Ph.D.: University of Iowa 1984


Argonne National Laboratory

Research Statement

Inorganic chemistry, solid state and coordination chemistry of chalcogenide compounds. Design of new materials, exploratory synthesis, thermoelectric materials, nanostructured materials, intermetallics, mesoporous semiconductors, phase-change materials, conducting polymers, intercalation chemistry applications of new materials.

Selected Publications

“Surface Oxide Removal for Polycrystalline SnSe Reveals Near-Single-Crystal Thermoelectric Performance,” Lee, Y.K.; Luo, Z.Z.; Cho, S.P.; Kanatzidis, M.G.; Chung, I., Joule 2019, 3, (3) 719-731.

 “All-Scale Hierarchically Structured p‑Type PbSe Alloys with HighThermoelectric Performance Enabled by Improved Band Degeneracy,” Tan, G.; Hao, S.; Cai, S.T.; Bailey, T.P.;  Luo, Z.Z.; Hadar, I.; , Uher, C.; Dravid, V.P.; Wolverton, C; Mercouri G. Kanatzidis, M.G., J Am Chem Soc 2019, 141, 4480-4486

 “Enhancement of Thermoelectric Performance for n‑Type PbS through Synergy of Gap State and Fermi Level Pinning,” Luo, Z-Z.; Hao, S; Cai, S.T.; Bailey, T.P.; Tan, G.; Luo, Y.B.; Spanopoulos, I.; Uher, C; Wolverton, C.; Dravid, V.P.;  Yan, Q.; Kanatzidis, M.G., J Am Chem Soc 2019, 141 6403-6412.

 “Structural and Thermodynamic Limits of Layer Thickness in 2D Halide Perovskites,” Soe, C. M. M.; Nagabhushana, G. P.; Shivaramaiah, R.; Tsai, H. H.; Nie, W. Y.; Blancon, J. C.; Melkonyan, F.; Cao, D. H.; Traore, B.; Pedesseau, L.; Kepenekian, M.; Katan, C.; Even, J.; Marks, T. J.; Navrotsky, A.; Mohite, A. D.; Stoumpos, C. C.; Kanatzidis, M. G., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 2019, 116 (1), 58-66.

 “High Thermoelectric Performance in Polycrystalline SnSe Via Dual-Doping with Ag/Na and Nanostructuring With Ag8SnSe6,” Luo, Y. B.; Cai, S. T.; Hua, X.; Chen, H. J.; Liang, Q. H.; Du, C. F.; Zheng, Y.; Shen, J. H.; Xu, J. W.; Wolverton, C.; Dravid, V. P.; Yan, Q. Y.; Kanatzidis, M. G., Advanced Energy Materials 2019, 9 (2),18.

 “Chemical Insights into PbSe-x%HgSe: High Power Factor and Improved Thermoelectric Performance by Alloying with Discordant Atoms,” Hodges, J. M.; Hao, S. Q.; Grovogui, J. A.; Zhang, X. M.; Bailey, T. P.; Li, X.; Gan, Z. H.; Hu, Y. Y.; Uher, C.; Dravid, V. P.; Wolverton, C.; Kanatzidis, M. G., J Am Chem Soc 2018, 140 (51), 18115-18123.

 “Soft phonon modes from off-center Ge atoms lead to ultralow thermal conductivity and superior thermoelectric performance in n-type PbSe–GeSe”,  Luo, Z-Z.; Hao, S.; Zhang, X.; Hua, X.; Cai, X.; Tan, G.; Bailey, T.P.; Ma, R.; Uher, C.; Wolverton, C.; Dravid, V.P.; Yan, Q.; Kanatzidis, M.G., Energy Environ. Sci., 2018, 11, 3220.

“High Thermoelectric Performance in SnTe-AgSbTe2 Alloys from Lattice Softening, Giant Phonon-Vacancy Scattering, and Valence Band Convergence”, Tan, G.; Hao, S.; Hanus, R.C.; Zhang, X.; Anand, S.; Bailey, T.P.; Rettie, A.J.E.; Su, X.; Uher, C.; Dravid, V.P.; Snyder, J.S.; Wolverton, C.; Kanatzidis, M.G., ACS Energy Lett. 2018, 3, 705-712.

“The Thermoelectric Properties of SnSe Continue to Surprise: Extraordinary Electron and Phonon Transport”, Chang, C.; Tan, G. J.; He, J. Q.; Kanatzidis, M. G.; Zhao, L. D., Chemistry of Materials 2018, 30 (21), 7355-7367

Selected Honors/Awards

  • Chemical Pioneer Award, American Institute of Chemists, 2018
  • Honorary Doctorate Degree, University of Crete, 2017
  • Hershel and Hilda Rich Visiting Professorship, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, 2017
  • ACS Award in Inorganic Chemistry, 2016
  • American Physical Society 2016 James C. McGroddy Prize for New Materials
  • APS Fellow, 2016
  • Samson Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation in Alternative Fuels for Transportation, 2016
  • Royal Chemical Society DeGennes Prize 2015
  • Elected Fellow of the Royal Chemical Society 2015
  • ENI Award for the "Renewable Energy Prize" category, 2015
  • Wilhelm Manchot Research Professorship, 2015
  • Einstein Professor, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2014
  • MRS Medal 2014
  • International Thermoelectric Society Outstanding Achievement Award 2014
  • Cheetham Lecturer Award, University of California Santa Barbara, 2013
  • AAAS Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2012
  • MRS Fellow, Materials Research Society, 2010
  • Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor, Northwestern University, 2006
  • Alexander von Humboldt Prize, 2003
  • Morley Medal, American Chemical Society, Cleveland Section, 2003
  • John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, 2002
  • University Distinguished Professor MSU, 2001
  • Sigma Xi 2000 Senior Meritorious Faculty Award
  • Michigan State University Distinguished Faculty Award, 1998
  • Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher Scholar, 1993-1998
  • Beckman Young Investigator, 1992-1994
  • Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, 1991-1993
  • ACS Inorganic Chemistry Division Award, EXXON Faculty Fellowship in Solid State Chemistry, 1990
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