Faculty Directory
Mercouri Kanatzidis

Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor of Chemistry and (by courtesy) Professor of Materials Science and Engineering


2145 Sheridan Road
Tech K260
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

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Materials Science and Engineering


B.S.: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki 1979

Ph.D.: University of Iowa 1984

Research Interests

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.

Significant Recognition

  • MRS Medal 2014
  • International Thermoelectric Society Outstanding Achievement Award 2014
  • Einstein Professor, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2014
  • Chetham Lecturer Award, University of California Santa Barbara, 2013
  • AAAS Fellow, American Association for the Advancment of Science, 2012
  • MRS Fellow 2010
  • Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor, Northwestern University 2006
  • Morley Medal, American Chemical Society, Cleveland Section, 2003
  • Alexander von Humboldt Prize, 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
  • Alfred P. Sloan Fellow 1991-1993
  • Beckman Young Investigator, 1992-1994
  • ACS Inorganic Chemistry Division Award: EXXON Faculty Fellowship in Solid State Chemistry, 1990
  • Presidential Young Investigator Award. National Science Foundation, 1989-1994

Selected Publications

    “Photoluminescent Properties of Semiconducting Tl6I4Se ” N.K. Cho, J.A. Peters, Z. Liu, B.W. Wessels, S. Johnsen, M.G. Kanatzidis, J.H. Song, H. Jin and A. Freeman Semiconductor Science and Technology 2012, 27, 015016-1 to 015016-4.

    “All-Solid-State Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells with High Efficiency” I. Chung, B.Lee, J. He, R.P.H. Chang and M.G. Kanatzidis Nature 2012, 485, 486-489.

    “Thermoelectrics with Earth Abundant Elements: High Performance p-type PbS Nanostructured with SrS and CaS” L.D. Zhao, J.Q. He, C.I. Wu, T.P. Hogan, X. Zhou, C. Uher, V.P. Dravid and M.G. Kanatzidis J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134 , 7902-7912.

    “Photocatalytic Hydrogen Evolution from FeMoS-Based Biomimetic Chalcogels” B.D. Yuhas, A.L. Smeigh, A.P. Douvalis, M.R. Wasielewski and M.G. Kanatzidis J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 10353-10356.

    “High-Performance Bulk Thermoelectrics with All-Scale Hierarchical Architectures K. Biswas, J.Q. He, I.D. Blum, I.W. Chun, T.P. Hogan, D.N. Seidman, V.P. Dravid and M.G. Kanatzidis Nature, 2012, 490, 414-418.

    “Raising the Thermoelectric Performance of p-Type PbS with Endotaxial Nanostructuring and Valence-Band Offset Engineering Using CdS and ZnS” L.Dong Zhao, J. He, S. Hao, C.I. Wu, T.P. Hogan, C. Wolverton, V.P. Dravid and M.G. Kanatzidis J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2012, 134, 16327–16336.

    “Molecular Germanium Selenophosphate Salts: Phase-Change Properties and Strong Second Harmonic Generation” C.D. Morris, I. Chung, S. Park, C.M. Harrison, D.J. Clark, J.I. Jang and M.G. Kanatzidis J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2012, 134, 20733−20744.

    “High-Performance Tellurium-Free Thermoelectrics: All-Scale Hierarchical Structuring of p-Type PbSe–MSe Systems (M=Ca, Sr, Ba)” Y. Lee, S.H. Lo, J. Androulakis, C.I Wu, L.D. Zhao, D.Y. Chung, T. P. Hogan, V.P. Dravid and M.G. Kanatzidis J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2013, 135, 5152–5160.

    “Tunable Biomimetic Chalcogels with Fe4S4 Cores and [SnnS2n+2]4–(n =1, 2, 4) Building Blocks for Solar Fuel Catalysis” Y. Shim, B.D. Yuhas, S.M. Dyar, A.L. Smeigh, A.P. Douvalis, M.R. Wasielewski and M.G. Kanatzidis J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2013, 135, 2330–2337.

    “Cs2MIIMIV3Q8 (Q = S, Se, Te): An Extensive Family of Layered Semiconductors with Diverse Band Gaps” C.D. Morris, H. Li, H. Jin, C.D. Malliakas, J.A. Peters, P.N. Trikalitis, A.J. Freeman, B.W. Wessels and M.G. Kanatzidis Chem. Mater., 2013, 25, 3344-3356.