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.
Mercouri G. Kanatzidis received his bachelor’s degree from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece in 1979. He received his Ph.D. degree in chemistry from the University of Iowa in 1984. He is currently a Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor in Chemistry at Northwestern University and holds a joint appointment at Argonne National Lab, Materials Science Division. He was a University Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University from 1987 to 2006. He was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Michigan and Northwestern University from 1985 to 1987. He has been visiting professor at the University of Nantes and the University of Muenster. Kanatzidis has been named a Presidential Young Investigator by the National Science Foundation, an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, a Beckman Young Investigator, a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teaching Scholar, a Guggenheim Fellow and was awarded the Alexander von Humboldt Prize. He received the Morley Medal from the American Chemical Society, Cleveland Section, in 2003. Most recently his awards include: Samson Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation in Alternative Fuels for Transportation, 2016; American Physical Society James C. McGroddy Prize for New Materials, 2016; ENI Award for the “Renewable Energy Prize” category, 2015; Royal Chemical Society De Gennes Prize, 2015; and Materials Research Society Medal, 2014. His research has generated seminal work in metal chalcogenide chemistry through the development of novel “solvents” for solid state synthesis including flux methods, hydrothermal and solvothermal techniques. He is also active in the field of new thermoelectric materials, the synthetic design of framework solids, intermetallic phases and nanocomposite materials. The bulk of his work is described in more than 950 research publications.