Prof. Mercouri G. Kanatzidis Appointed as WUT Foreign Expert of the Thousand Talents Plan
On 24th, Feb Prof. Mercouri G. Kanatzidis was appointed WUT Foreign Expert of Thousand Talents Plan. The ceremony was held in Yifu Building, attended by WUT vice president Liu Zuyuan, leaders and staff from WUT Human Resource Department, WUT International Affairs Office, and the State Key Laboratory of Advanced Technology for Materials Synthesis and Processing.
The leader from WUT State Key Laboratory of Advanced Technology for Materials Synthesis and Processing introduced Prof. Mercouri‘s academic achievements. Vice president Liu Zuyuan read the appointment letter and welcomed him to be a member of WUT. President Liu also pointed out that to extend academic exchanges with overseas high-level R&D institutions and to bring in global talents are strategic measures WUT takes to foster integrated innovation for further development. President Liu also hoped that Prof. Mercouri, with his achievements in thermoelectric materials and devices and materials physics, can help build a stronger WUT disciplinary innovation team, promote the growth of young faculty, enhance cooperation between WUT and Northwestern University in talent production and scientific research as well as help the key lab to develop into a world-renowned scientific research base.
Prof. Mercouri G. Kanatzidis gladly accepted the appointment. He praised WUT for world-class laboratories of thermoelectric materials and devices. He expressed great hopes in extensive cooperation with WUT in the above fields.
After the ceremony, Prof. Mercouri delivered a lecture titled: Heat to electrical power：from all-scale thermoelectric architectures to single phases.
Prof. Mercouri is currently the the Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor of Chemistry at Northwestern University USA. He also holds an appointment at Argonne National Laboratory and is the editor in chief of the Journal of Solid State Chemistry. His researches focus on thermoelectric material, metal chalcogenides, inorganic solid state chemistry and bioinorganic chemistry. He serves as a review expert of DOE and NSF projects. He has published more than 900 articles, with 20 in Nature, 9 in Science, and 147 in Journal of the American Chemical Society. His articles have been cited for more than 41300 times with 93 H factor. Due to his outstanding achievements in thermoelectric material, metal chalcogenides, inorganic solid state chemistry and bioinorganic chemistry, he was honored as MRS Fellow and Einstein Professor of Chinese Academy of Sciences. He won Alexander von Humboldt Prize, International Thermoelectric Society Outstanding Achievement Award 2014, and ENI Award for the "Renewable Energy Prize" category.