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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 and halide compounds. Design of new materials, exploratory synthesis, thermoelectric materials, nanostructured materials, intermetallics, and applications of the new materials to solar energy conversion, radiation detection, heat-to-electrical conversion, nuclear and environmental remediation.

Selected Publications

“GaSb doping facilitates conduction band convergence and improves thermoelectric performance in n-type PbS”, Chen, Z. X.; Cui, H. H.; Hao, S. Q.; Liu, Y. K.; Liu, H.; Zhou, J.; Yu, Y.; Yan, Q. Y.; Wolverton, C.; Dravid, V. P.; Luo, Z-Z; Zou, Z.; Kanatzidis, M. G., Energy & Environmental Science 2023. DOI: 10.1039/d3ee00183k.

“Discordant Distortion in Cubic GeMnTe2 and High Thermoelectric Properties of GeMnTe2-x%SbTe”, Dong, J. F.; Jiang, Y. L.; Sun, Y. D.; Liu, J.; Pei, J.; Li, W.; Tan, X. Y.; Hu, L.; Jia, N.; Xu, B.; Li, Q.; Li, J-F.; Yan, Q.; Kanatzidis, M. G., Journal of the American Chemical Society 2023. 145 (3) 1988-1996. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.2c12877.

“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.

“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.

“Cyclic versus Linear Alkylammonium Cations: Preventing Phase Transitions at Operational Temperatures in 2D Perovskites”, Cuthriell, S. A.; Malliakas, C. D.; Kanatzidis, M. G.; Schaller, R. D., Journal of the American Chemical Society 2023, 145 (21), 11710-11716. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.3c02008.

Extreme & gamma;-Ray Radiation Tolerance of Spectrometer-Grade CsPbBr3 Perovskite Detectors”, De Siena, M. C.; Klepov, V. V.; Stepanoff, S. P.; Bayikadi, K. S.; Pan, L.; Pandey, I. R.; Karki, S.; Chung, D. Y.; Wolfe, D. E.; Kanatzidis, M. G., Advanced Materials 2023. DOI: 10.1002/adma.202303244.

“Chemical Behavior and Local Structure of the Ruddlesden-Popper and Dion-Jacobson Alloyed Pb/Sn Bromide 2D Perovskites”, Fu, P.; Quintero, M. A.; Vasileiadou, E. S.; Raval, P.; Welton, C.; Kepenekian, M.; Volonakis, G.; Even, J.; Liu, Y. K.; Malliakas, C.; Yang, Y.; Laing, C.; Dravid, V.P.; Reddy, G-N. M.; Li, C.; Sargent, E. H.; Kanatzidis, M. G., Journal of the American Chemical Society 2023, 145 (29), 15997-16014. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.3c03997.

“Laser Scribing for Electrode Patterning of Perovskite Spectrometer- Grade CsPbBr3 Gamma-ray Detectors”, Klepov, V. V.; De Siena, M. C.; Pandey, I. R.; Pan, L.; Bayikadi, K. S.; Butun, S.; Chung, D. Y.; Kanatzidis, M. G., Acs Applied Materials & Interfaces 2023, 15 (13), 16895-16901. DOI: 10.1021/acsami.3c01212.

“Unraveling the Role of Entropy in Thermoelectrics: Entropy-Stabilized Quintuple Rock Salt PbGeSnCdxTe3+x”, Liu, Y. K.; Xie, H. Y.; Li, Z.; Zhang, Y. Y.; Malliakas, C. D.; Al Malki, M.; Ribet, S.; Hao, S. Q.; Pham, T.; Wang, Y. K.; Dravid, V.P., Journal of the American Chemical Society 2023, 145 (15), 8677-8688. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.3c01693.

“Design Rules for Obtaining Narrow Luminescence from Semiconductors Made in Solution”, Nguyen, H. A.; Dixon, G.; Dou, F. Y.; Gallagher, S.; Gibbs, S.; Ladd, D. M.; Marino, E.; Ondry, J. C.; Shanahan, J. P.; Vasileiadou, E. S.;Barlow, S.; Gamelin, D. R.; Ginger, D. S.; Jonas, D. M.; Kanatzidis, K. G.; Marder, S. R.; Morton, D.; Murray, C. B.; Owen, J. S.; Talapin, D. V.; Toney, M. F.; Cossairt, B. M., Chemical Reviews 2023, 123 (12), 7890-7952. DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemrev.3c00097

“Ultrahigh-Flux X-ray Detection by a Solution-Grown Perovskite CsPbBr3 Single-Crystal Semiconductor Detector”, Pan, L.; Liu, Z. F.; Welton, C.; Klepov, V. V.; Peters, J. A.; De Siena, M. C.; Benadia, A.; Pandey, I.; Miceli, A.; Chung, D. Y.; Reddy, G-N. M.; Wessels, B. W.; Kanatzidis, M. G., Advanced Materials 2023, 35 (25). DOI: 10.1002/adma.202211840.

“Suppressed phase segregation for triple-junction perovskite solar cells”, Wang, Z. W.; Zeng, L. W.; Zhu, T.; Chen, H.; Chen, B.; Kubicki, D. J.; Balvanz, A.; Li, C. W.; Maxwell, A.; Ugur, E.; dos Reis, R.; Cheng, M.; Yang, G.; Subedi, B.; Luo, D.; Hu, J.; Wang, J.; Teale, S.; Mahesh, S.; Wang, S.; Hu, S.; Jung, E-D; Wei, M.; Park, S.M.; Grater, L.; Aydin, E.; Song, Z.; Podraza, N.J.; Lu, Z-H.; Huang, J.; Dravid, V. P.; De Wolf, S.; Yan, Y.; Gratzel, M.; Kanatzies, M. G.; Sargent, E. H., Nature 2023, 618 (7963), 74-+. DOI: 10.1038/s41586-023-06006-7.

“A unified understanding of minimum lattice thermal conductivity”, Xia, Y.; Gaines Ii, D.; He, J. G.; Pal, K.; Li, Z.; Kanatzidis, M. G.; Ozolins, V.; Wolverton, C., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 2023, 120 (26). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2302541120  

Selected Honors/Awards

  • Centenary Prize, 2023, the Royal Chemical Society
  • 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), 2023
  • DOE Ten at Ten Award. In the Category Scientific Ideas Awards For the first demonstration of all-solid-state solar cells using halide perovskite materials, 2019
  • Chemical Pioneer Award, American Institute of Chemists, 2018
  • Honorary Doctorate Degree, University of Crete, 2017
  • ACS Award in Inorganic Chemistry, 2016
  • American Physical Society 2016 James C. McGroddy Prize for New Materials
  • APS Fellow, 2016
  • Samson Prime Minister of Israel Prize for Innovation in Alternative Fuels for Transportation, 2016
  • DeGennes Prize 2015, the Royal Chemical Society
  • Fellow of the Royal Chemical Society 2015
  • ENI Award for the "Renewable Energy Prize" category, 2015
  • Einstein Professor, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2014
  • MRS Medal 2014
  • International Thermoelectric Society Outstanding Achievement Award 2014