Prof. Yury Gogotsi: 2021 Materials Today Innovation Award Winner

As selected by the Editors of Materials Today and Materials Today Advances, the 2021 Materials Today Innovation Award was presented to Prof. Yury Gogotsi (A.J. Drexel Nanomaterials Institute, Departement of Materials Science and Engineering, Drexel University, USA) on 19 January 2022 for his ground-breaking work on fundamentals and applied aspects of synthesis and surface modification of inorganic nanomaterials.

Dr. Yury Gogotsi is Distinguished University Professor and Charles T. and Ruth M. Bach Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Drexel University. He also serves as Director of the A.J. Drexel Nanomaterials Institute. He received his MS (1984) and PhD (1986) from Kyiv Polytechnic (now: National Technical University of Ukraine “Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute” (NTUU KPI)) and a DSc degree from the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences in 1995. His research group works on 2D nitrides and carbides (MXenes) and other nanomaterials for energy, water and biomedical applications. He published more than 800 papers, which have been cited over 160,000 times. He has been recognized as Highly Cited Researcher in Chemistry and Materials Science, and Citations Laureate in Physics by Clarivate Analytics. He has received numerous awards for his research, including the Materials Research Society (MRS) Medal 2021, the 2021 American Chemical Society (ACS) Award in the Chemistry of Materials, the European Carbon Association Award (2012), S. Somiya Award from the International Union of Materials Research Societies, Fred Kavli Distinguished Lectureship in Nanotechnology from the Materials Research Society, International Nanotechnology Prize (RUSNANOPrize), R&D 100 Awards from R&D Magazine and many other distinctions. He has been elected a Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences, American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS), Materials Research Society, American Ceramic Society, the Electrochemical Society, Royal Society of Chemistry, International Society of Electrochemistry, as well as Academician of the World Academy of Ceramics. He holds honorary doctorates from several European universities. He is currently acting as Associate Editor of ACS Nano.

The Materials Today Innovation Award recognizes “monumental” work, which has opened a new, significant field of research and resulted in impactful, practical applications. 

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