Dr. Boris Merinov
Biographical Info
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Biographical Info
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Dr. Boris V. Merinov
Director of Energy Conversion and Storage Technologies
Materials and Process Simulation Center
Lead Scientist, Member of the Professional Staff
Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
California Institute of Technology

RESEARCH INTEREST
Computational multiscale simulations of materials and physico-chemical processes, solid state ionic and proton conductors, fuel cell catalysis, hydrogen storage, batteries, proton glasses, atomic level mechanism of ionic transport and glass formation, new proton-conducting materials and their applications in fuel cells, sensors, and other electrochemical devices, relationships between crystal structures and properties (ionic conductivity, ferroelectricity and ferroelasticity, glass formation), structural phase transitions, atomic level mechanism of phase transitions, electron density distribution in crystals.

PROFESSIONAL SKILLS
Multiscale computational simulations, X-ray and neutron single crystal and powder diffraction analysis and structural refinement, differential scanning calorimetry, differential thermal and thermogravimetry analysis, optical study of domain structures and birefringence, impedance spectroscopy, synthesis of crystals by the hydrothermal method and from aqueous solution.

EDUCATION
1981. Doctorate of Philosophy in Physics and Mathematics, Institute of Crystallography, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia.
1977. Master of Science in Physics, Southern Federal University, Rostov-Don, Russia.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2012- Lead Scientist, Director of Energy Conversion and Storage Technologies, Materials and Process Simulation Center, California Institute of Technology, USA
2010-2012. Senior Scientist, Director of Energy Conversion and Storage Technologies, Materials and Process Simulation Center, California Institute of Technology, USA
2002-2010. Associate Scientist, Materials and Process Simulation Center, California Institute of Technology, USA
2001-2002. Visiting Research Associate, Materials and Process Simulation Center, California Institute of Technology, USA
1999-2001. Visiting Research Associate, Materials Science Department, California Institute of Technology, USA
1998-1999. Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow, University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
1996-1997.Volkswagen Research Fellow, University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
1995-1996. Visiting Scientist and Visiting Professor, LAMMI-URA 79, Université Montpellier 2, Sciences et Techniques du Languedoc, Montpellier, France
1994-1995. Visiting Scientist, Neutron Scattering Centre, Hahn-Meitner-Institut Berlin GmbH, Berlin, Germany
1992-1993. Research Fellow of the French Ministry of Research and Technology, University of Montpellier, Sciences et Techniques du Languedoc, Montpellier, France
1991-1992. Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow, University of München, Munich, Germany
1988-2002. Senior Research Scientist, Institute of Crystallography, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia
1986-1988. Research Scientist, Institute of Crystallography, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia
1981-1986. Junior Research Scientist, Institute of Crystallography, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia

AWARDS
1996. Volkswagen Research Fellowship, University of Hamburg, Germany
1993. Fellowship of the French Ministry of Research and Technology, University of Montpellier, Sciences et Techniques du Languedoc, France
1991, 1998. Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship, University of München, Munich, Germany
1987, 1989. Senior Investigator Award, Institute of Crystallography, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia
1979. Young Investigator Award, Institute of Crystallography, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia

SYNERGISTIC ACTIVITIES
Reviewer for the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, ACS Catalysis, Nature Communications, Journal of Physical Chemistry, Journal of Solid State Chemistry, Journal of Chemical Physics, Journal of Power Sources, Electrochimica Acta, Energy & Fuels, Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, Journal of Materials Science, Journal of Materials Chemistry, Journal of Molecular Modeling, Journal of Electroceramics, Chemical Physics, Chemistry of Materials, Applied Surface Science, Solid State Ionics, Solid State Communications, Ionics, Physica Status Solidi, Molecular Physics, Journal of Nanoparticle Research, Journal of Applied Crystallography, Advanced Functional Materials, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, and Zeitschrift für Kristallographie; also invited to be a reviewer for the US Department of Energy, European Research Council, Russian Science Foundation, Science Foundation Arizona and Jet Propulsion Laboratory.