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Mercouri Kanatzidis


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


Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor of Chemistry

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

“Excitonic Spin-Coherence Lifetimes in CdSe Nanoplatelets Increase Significantly with Core/Shell Morphology”, Martin, P. I.; Panuganti, S.; Portner, J. C.; Watkins, N. E.; Kanatzidis, M. G.; Talapin, D. V.; Schaller, R. D., Nano Letters 2023, 23 (4) 1467-1473. DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.2c04845.

“Perovskite CsPbBr3 Single-Crystal Detector Operating at 1010 Photons s-1 mm-2 for Ultra-High Flux X-ray Detection”, Pan, L.; Pandey, I. R.; Miceli, A.; Klepov, V. V.; Chung, D. Y.; Kanatzidis, M. G., Advanced Optical Materials 2023. DOI: 10.1002/adom.202202946.

“Silver Atom Off-Centering in Diamondoid Solid Solutions Causes Crystallographic Distortion and Suppresses Lattice Thermal Conductivity”, Xie, H. Y.; Li, Z.; Liu, Y. K.; Zhang, Y. Y.; Uher, C.; Dravid, V. P.; Wolverton, C.; Kanatzidis, M. G., Journal of the American Chemical Society 2023 145 (5) 3211-3220. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.2c13179.

“Unreliability of two-band model analysis of magnetoresistivities in unveiling temperature-driven Lifshitz transition”, Xu, J.; Wang, Y.; Pate, S. E.; Zhu, Y. L.; Mao, Z. Q.; Zhang, X. F.; Zhou, X. Q.; Welp, U.; Kwok, W. K.; Chung, D. Y.; Kanatzidis, M. G.; Xiao, Z. L., Physical Review B 2023, 107 (3). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.107.035104.

“Ultrafast relaxation of lattice distortion in two-dimensional perovskites”, Zhang, H.; Li, W. B.; Essman, J.; Quarti, C.; Metcalf, I.; Chiang, W. Y.; Sidhik, S.; Hou, J.; Fehr, A.; Attar, A.; Lin, M-F.; Britz, A.; Shen, X.; Link, S.; Wang, X.; Bergmann, U.; Kanatzidis, M. G.; Katan, C.; Even, J.; Blancon, J-C.; Mohite, A. A., Nature Physics 2023. DOI: 10.1038/s41567-022-01903-6.

“Sr(Ag1-xLix)(2)Se2 and [Sr3Se2][(Ag1-xLix)2Se2] Tunable Direct Band Gap Semiconductors”, Zhou, X. Q.; Wilfong, B.; Chen, X. L.; Laing, C.; Pandey, I. R.; Chen, Y. P.; Chen, Y. S.; Chung, D. Y.; Kanatzidis, M. G., Angewandte Chemie-International Edition 2023 62 (14). DOI: 10.1002/anie.202301191.

“2D multilayered perovskites and 2D/3D bilayers for stable solar cells", Even, J.; Sidhik, S.; Kepenekian, M.; Traoré, B.; Katan, C.; Kanatzidis, M. G.; Mohite, A. D., Proc. SPIE 2023, 12416 (1241602-4). DOI 10.117/12.2655486.

Kanatzidis, M. G.; McClain, R., 2023. Panoramic (in beam) studies of materials synthesis (187 – 199) In: X-ray, Neutron and Electron Scattering Methods in Inorganic Chemistry; Wilkinson, A. P.; Raithby, P. R.; in Comprehensive Inorganic Chemistry III; Reedijk, J., Poeppelmeier, K. R., Eds. Vol. 10,. Oxford: Elsevier. ISBN 9780128231531.

“Direct Observation of Magnetic Bubble Lattices and Magnetoelastic Effects in van der Waals Cr2Ge2Te6”, McCray, A. R. C.; Li, Y.; Qian, E. R.; Li, Y.; Wang, W.; Huang, Z. J.; Ma, X. D.; Liu, Y. Z.; Chung, D. Y.; Kanatzidis, M. G.; Petford-Long, A. K.; Phatak, C., Advanced Functional Materials 2023. DOI: 10.1002/adfm.202214203.

“Light-Induced Transient Lattice Dynamics and Metastable Phase Transition in CH3NH3PbI3 Nanocrystal”, Leonard, A. A.; Diroll, B. T.; Flanders, N. C.; Panuganti, S.; Brumberg, A.; Kirschner, M. S.; Cuthriell, S. A.; Harvey, S. M.; Watkins, N. E.; Yu, J.; Wasielewski, M. R.; Kanatzidis, M. G.; Dichtel, W. R.; Zhang, X. Y.; Chen, L. X.; Schaller, R. D.,. Acs Nano 2023, 17 (6), 5306-5315. DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.2c06950.


Selected Honors/Awards

  • Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2023
  • Global Energy Prize, 2022
  • Clarivate Highly Cited Researcher since 2015 (in three different disciplines: chemistry, physics, and materials science), 2021
  • DOE Ten at Ten Award in the category Scientific Ideas, 2019
  • 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