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Our group is focused in solid-state inorganic chemistry from Exploratory synthesis in Chalcogenide and Intermetallic Materials, Thermoelectric applications and porous semiconductors. Feel free to look around the website and enjoy our research.

Daniel Chica's work on LiInP2Se6 was just published in nature in 2020 demonstrates a well performing semiconductor neutron detector. Learn what people are saying about it in the news at C&EN, Semiconductor Online, The Engineer, Xinhua News, Popular Mechanics and Eurekalert!

Professor Mercouri Kanatzidis received the 2019 DOE Ten at Ten Scientific Ideas Award for the first demonstration of all-solid-state solar cells using halide perovskite materials. Learn more here.

Come look at our latest paper on the ultrahigh power factor SnSe system published in Science here!

Check out our nitrogen fixation photocatalyst based on a Fe/Mo/S-chalcogel. It works using visible light at room temperature, ambient pressure and in water! The world’s first biomimetic functional “photo-nitrogenase” material.

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Professor Mercouri Kanatzidis honored for his contributions to Inorganic Chemistry for over 30 years! Click here Also, check out another article

Celebrating Professor Mercouri Kanatzidis 60th birthday with a surprise party! Check out the photos.

Congrats to Professor Kanatzidis for receiving an Honorary Doctorate Degree from the University of Crete. See the announcement here and photo here

Professor Mercouri Kanatzidis is awarded the 2016 Samson Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation in Alternative Fuels for Transportation. Check out the announcement here and photos of the event here

Congrats to Mercouri for winning the Eni Award for Renewable Energy!
See the announcement here,
photos of the event here, and a video of the event here.

Professor Mercouri Kanatzidis was awarded the 2015 Wilhelm Manchot Professorship for his work on thermoelectric materials. Come see the announcement here!

Want to know how to make alkali metal chalcogenides like potassium sulfide or sodium selenide? Check out our how to video here!

May 15-17, 2017 Physics Next: Materials Design and Discovery APS Workshop
Organizers: Giulia Galli and Mercouri Kanatzidis

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    Recent News:

    Congratulations to Becca McClain on Receiving the 2019 Margaret Etter Student Lecturer Award from the American Crystallographic Association

    Congratulations to Xiaotong Li on Receiving the Ryan Fellow at Northwestern University

    Congratulations to Lingling Mao on Receiving the 2018 Award for Excellence in Graduate Research from Northwestern University

    Congratulations to Costas Stoumpos on Receiving the 2015 Omar Farha Award for Research Leadership

    Mercouri Kanatzidis receives Samson Prime Minister's Prize 2016 for Innovation in Alternative Fuels for Transportation

    Mercouri Kanatzidis Winner of ENI Award 2015 in Renewable Energy Catogory

    Mercouri Kanatzidis Royal Chemical Society De Gennes Prize 2015 Winner

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