The Kovnir Research Group

Research in our group is focused on exploring novel materials for energy generation, conversion, and storage. In particular, we are interested but not limited to thermoelectric materials, superconductors and highly correlated magnetic materials, Li-ion batteries, and catalysts.
Understanding the structure-property relationship is a key to the rational design of such materials. Optimization of material's performance is achieved on the microscale by tailoring atomic arrangements and chemical bonding in the crystal structure, and on the macroscale by varying particle's size, shape, and chemical composition of the surface.
Graduate and undergraduate students who join our group will be exposed to a variety of techniques for synthesis and characterization of solid state inorganic materials.

News and Events

Link to full list of group honors and awards

11/30/16. Kovnir Lab completed UC Davis Green Lab program and is Gold certified.

11/8/16. Jili-Anna published an Editorial in Chem. Mater. Congratulations!

9/2/16. Jian's paper appeared on the cover of J. Solid State Chem. Congratulations!

8/22/16. Our Review is accepted for publication in Materials Science & Engineering R!

8/6/16. Juli-Anna's paper is accepted for publication in Materials. Congratulations!

6/26/16. Jian's paper is accepted for publication in J. Mater. Chem. A. Congratulations!

3/31/16. Juli-Anna received the Alfred H. and Marie E. Gibeling Fellowship. Congratulations!

6/17/16. Katherine's paper is accepted for publication in MRX. Congratulations!

6/7/16. Jian's paper is accepted for publication in Chem. Mater. Congratulations!

3/6/16. Kathy received an Outstanding Chemistry Dissertation Award.

3/6/16. Matt received Scholarship for Outstanding Performance in the Major. Congratulations!

5/24/16. Joe received Provost Undergraduate Fellowship. Congratulations!

5/21/16. Colin Unger received 1st prize Best Presentation Award on Larock symposium.

4/26/16. Kirill served as Guest Editor for Virtual Issue of Chemistry of Materials.

4/15/16. Undergraduate student Matthew Cheung joins the group. Welcome, Matthew!

3/31/16. Juli-Anna received the 2016 Iota Sigma Pi Anna Louise Hoffman Award. Congratulations!

3/17/16. Juli-Anna received an ACS DIC Young Investigator Award. Congratulations!

3/14/16. Josh received a UC Davis Dissertation Year Fellowship. Congratulations!

3/08/16. Kirill received the 2016-2017 UC Davis Faculty Development Award.

2/24/16. Juli-Anna and Katherine received Travel Awards to attend ACS Meeting in San Diego.

2/10/16. First Ph.D. from Kovnir Group: Congratulations Dr. Lee! Good luck at JPL.

1/5/16. Graduate students Shannon, Jackson, and Colin join the group. Welcome!

12/25/15. Jian's paper is accepted for publication in J. Solid State Chem. Congratulations!

12/15/15. NSF REU led by Annaliese Franz and Kirill is selected for funding.

12/9/15. Jian's paper is accepted for publication in Inorg. Chem. Front. Congratulations!

11/15/15. Undergraduate student Joe Mazzetti joins the group. Welcome, Joe!

11/01/15. Undergraduate student Joshua Chang joins the group. Welcome, Josh!

9/15/15. Josh's paper is accepted for publication in J. Solid State Chem. Congratulations!

9/13/15. Jian's paper is accepted for publication in J. Amer. Chem. Soc. Congratulations!

9/01/15. UCD faculty team led by Kirill received an NSF MRI for a single crystal diffractometer.

8/05/15. Jian's paper is accepted for publication in J. Mater. Chem. C. Congratulations!

7/31/15. Juli-Anna's paper is accepted for publication in Inorg. Chem. Congratulations!

7/30/15. Hamza succesfully completed YSP summer program in our lab.

6/19/15. Josh received a Peter Rock Graduate Fellowship. Congratulations!

6/03/15. Juli-Anna's and Jian's paper is accepted for publication in Chem. Mater. Congratulations!

5/25/15. Josh and Kathy received four Departmental Graduate Awards. Congratulations!

5/01/15. Maverick and Michael presented posters on undergraduare conference.

4/03/15. Jian's paper is accepted for publication in ZAAC. Congratulations!

3/25/15. Juli-Anna's paper is accepted for publication in ZAAC. Congratulations!

2/21/15. Kathy's paper is accepted for publication in JACS. Congratulations!

2/1/15. Colin won Grand Prize in the IUCR video contest. Congratulations!

12/25/14. Juli-Anna received DOE Graduate Student Research Award. Congratulations!

12/17/14. Josh's paper is accepted for publication in Chem. Mater. Congratulations!

12/15/14. Graduate students Bryan and Justin join the group. Welcome!

12/10/14. High school student Colin joins the group. Welcome, Colin!

11/30/14. Josh's paper is accepted for publication in Chem. Comm. Congratulations!

11/15/14. Kirill received ACS PRF grant to study metal borophosphides.

10/29/14. Josh received Chung Soo Yoo Award from the Pittsburgh Diffraction Society.

10/20/14. Kirill is selected as Emergent Investigator in solid state materials chemistry by ACS.

10/13/14. Jian's paper is accepted for publication in Inorg. Chem. Congratulations!

06/23/14. Summer students Max, Ali, and Nishad join the group. Welcome!

06/13/14. Congratulations to Sarah and Ryan who received Bachelor Degree!

05/01/14. Undergraduate Alexander Coffman joins the group. Welcome, Alex!

04/23/14. Kathy's paper is accepted for publication in JSSC. Congratulations!

04/07/14. Juli-Anna's paper is accepted for publication in Chem. Europ. J. Congratulations!

02/01/14. Josh's paper is accepted for publication in Inorg. Chem. Congratulations!

1/14/14. Postdoc Katharina Snyder joins the group. Welcome, Katharina!

1/10/14. Graduate student Katherine Woo joins the group. Welcome, Katherine!

1/8/14. Juli-Anna received ICDD Crystallography Scholarship. Congratulations!

01/02/14. Ryan received Provost Undergraduate Fellowship. Congratulations!

12/12/13. Kirill received American Chemical Society YCC Leadership Development Award.

12/03/13. Chongin's paper is accepted for publication in JACS. Congratulations!

10/25/13. Kathy recieved GAANN Graduate Fellowship. Congratulations!

10/01/13. Undergraduate Michael Chen joins the group. Welcome, Michael!

08/08/13. Maverick has completed ACS SEED Phase II program. Congratulations!

08/06/13. Juli-Anna's paper is accepted for publication in Crystals. Congratulations!

07/29/13. Our JACS paper has been highlighted in C&EN News. Congratulations!

07/15/13. Jian Wang joins the group as a postdoc. Welcome, Jian!

07/17/13. James's paper is accepted for publication in JACS. Congratulations!

06/17/13. Congratulations to Chongih who has received Bachelor Degree!

5/23/13. James's and Kristin's papers are accepted for publication. Congratulations!