Nicholas Kotov, Irving Langmuir Distinguished University Professor of Chemical Sciences and Engineering and the Joseph B. and Florence V. Cejka Professor in the U-M Department of Chemical Engineering, has been recognized by the Materials Research Society (MRS) with the David Turnbull Lectureship.
Kotov was recognized with this distinction for “foundational discoveries in interface-based engineering of self-organizing materials,” representing some of the most common nanocomposites used in energy, health, and automotive technologies. He will accept the honor on December 2 at the 2021 MRS Fall Meeting, where he will present his lecture entitled “Nanoscale Biomimetics: From Self-Assembled Nanocomposites to Chiral Nanostructures.”
“Quite honestly, I was floored in the first day or two because this is one of the greatest honors from the Materials Research community,” said Kotov. “I see this award as an occasion to express my deep appreciation to several generations of tremendously talented and hardworking young people in my group. Together with many of my colleagues working in biomimetic nanostructures, they are the source of inspiration and energy.”
The David Turnbull Lectureship recognizes how a scientist’s career has contributed to the fundamental understanding of materials science through experimental and/or theoretical research. While the lectureship seeks to honor the accomplishments of individual researchers/communicators, it also has the broader goal of supporting and enriching the greater Materials Research community.
Kotov has been with the University of Michigan since joining as an associate professor in 2003. In 2012, he was named the Joseph B. and Florence V. Cejka Professor of Engineering. He was also given the honorary title of Irving Langmuir Distinguished University Professor of Chemical Sciences and Engineering in 2020. Outside of U-M Chemical Engineering, Kotov works with the Biomedical, Materials Science, and Macromolecular departments at the University of Michigan.
After obtaining his degrees from Moscow State University, he completed a postdoctoral associate role at Syracuse University with a focus on the self-assembly of biomimetic nanostructures. He continues this research today at U-M through the Kotov Lab, which leads a global research project to understand the roles of nanostructures in nature and to engineer biomimetic nanocomposites.