Mercouri G. Kanatzidis

Mercouri G. Kanatzidis
Joint with Argonne National Lab


Room: Tech K260
Phone: 847-467-1541
Phone(ANL): 630-252-5544
Email: m-kanatzidis@northwestern.edu
Kanatzidis Research Group Website
Division: Inorganic
Research Interests: Environmental, Inorganic, Materials, Physical, Analytical
B.S.: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki 1979
Ph.D.: University of Iowa 1984

Program Assistant: Mara Martini

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

“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.


  • Presidential Young Investigator Award. National Science Foundation, 1989-1994
  • ACS Inorganic Chemistry Division Award: EXXON Faculty Fellowship in Solid State Chemistry, 1990
  • Beckman Young Investigator, 1992-1994
  • Alfred P. Sloan Fellow 1991-1993
  • Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher Scholar 1993-1998
  • Michigan State University Distinguished Faculty Award 1998
  • Sigma Xi 2000 Senior Meritorious Faculty Award
  • University Distinguished Professor MSU 2001
  • John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellow 2002
  • Alexander von Humboldt Prize, 2003
  • Morley Medal, American Chemical Society, Cleveland Section, 2003
  • Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor, Northwestern University 2006
  • MRS Fellow 2010

Weekly Bulletin


Organic Seminar: Michael Pollastri
April 24, 20144:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Inorganic Seminar: Julia Chan
April 25, 20144:00 PM - 5:00 PM




January 13, 2014