Kovalenko, Maksym, Prof. Dr.
The research activities of Maksym Kovalenko cover various aspects of chemical synthesis, surface functionalization, self-assembly and applications of colloidal nanostructures. His goals are to develop novel functional materials for energy supplying and energy storing purposes. The scope of studied nanomaterials range from metals and semiconductors to magnetic metal oxides.
Maksym Kovalenko has been an Assistant Professor (Tenure-track) of Inorganic Functional Materials at the Laboratory of Inorganic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences since 2011. He is also affiliated with EMPA, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology.
He was born 1982 in Ukraine.
Maksym Kovalenko studied chemistry at the Chernivtsi National University, Ukraine, where he received his Master degree in 2004 (inorganic chemistry, with honors). He earned his PhD degree in technical sciences (nanoscience and nanotechnology) 2007 (summa cum laude) from the Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria. His doctoral studies concerned synthesis and applications of colloidal nanocrystals in infrared optical devices. For a postdoctoral training, Maksym Kovalenko joined the group of Prof. Dmitri Talapin at the University of Chicago, Department of Chemistry, 2008-2011. At the University of Chicago, USA, he developed a novel strategy for the surface modification of colloidal nanostructures, which opened new and exciting opportunities in nanomaterial-based electronic, optoelectronic, electrochemical and catalytic applications.
Professor Kovalenko is co-holder of two patents related to applications of nanomaterials in solid-state devices.