Stephanie L Kwolek Award 2016 Winner


Professor Nicholas Kotov
Professor Nicholas Kotov
University of Michigan

 

Awarded for achievements in the fields of layered biomimetic composites and ultrastrong materials


About the Winner


Professor Nicholas A Kotov, FRSC, graduated from the Chemistry Department of Moscow State University in 1987. His 1990 PhD thesis combined experimental and computational description of photo-induced charge transport at liquid interfaces modelled on then emerged personal computers.  After immigration to the USA in 1992, he took a post-doctoral appointment at the Chemistry Department of Syracuse University. The year of 1996 when he started independent research career at Oklahoma State University was pivotal in his work. Soon after christening a new lab, he focused on the studies of self-organization phenomena at nanoscale and ultrastrong composites.  In 2003 he moved to the University of Michigan to become a faculty at Chemical Engineering Department and transition the experimental and theoretical knowledge of nanoscale self-assembly to engineering of new materials.

Professor Kotov continues vigorous research on chemistry, physics and biology of self-organization of nanoparticles and biomimetic composites.  He deciphered to complexity of nanoscale interactions that led to establishing the biomimetic principles of nanoparticle assemblies and non-additivity of nanoscale interactions.  His discoveries include virus-like supraparticles, chiral nanoscale assemblies, and layer-by-layer assembled nacre-like composites.   Prof. Kotov is a founder of several start-up companies including Nico Technologies, 3D Biomatrix, Elegus Technologies that commercialized ultrastrong transparent composites, 3D cell cultures for ex-vivo drug discovery, and aramid nanofiber composites for battery separators.


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