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Kanatzidis Named Morrison Professor in Chemistry

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August 8, 2006

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Mercouri Kanatzidis, professor of chemistry at Northwestern University, has been named the Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Chair in Chemistry.

Kanatzidis is a solid state chemist who works on novel thermoelectric  materials. His research interests include inorganic chemistry, solid state and molecular chemistry of chalcogenides, intercalation chemistry and bioinorganic chemistry.

He also studies exploratory synthesis, mesoporous semiconductors, phase-change materials and conducting polymers.

His research is supported by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy and the Office of Naval Research.

Kanatzidis holds three patents and has applied for four others.

Among his prestigious recognitions, 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 Hanry 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.

Author of more than 450 manuscripts, Kanatzidis has been editor-in-chief of the “Journal of Sold State Chemistry” and serves on editorial advisory boards of numerous peer-reviewed journals. He also chaired the Solid State Chemistry Subdivision of the American Chemical Society in 1998-1999.

Prior to joining Northwestern in 2006, Kanatzidis served on the faculty at Michigan State University for nearly 20 years.