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Welcome to the Poltavets Group website!

Our research group is in the Department of Chemistry at Michigan State University. Our research projects are directed at the rational design of novel energy related materials, such as new battery, thermoelectric and strongly correlated electron materials.


Group News

August 14-16, 2014
Josh Davis participated in IUCr Congress Satellite Workshop on the Role of Magnetic Symmetry in the Description & Determination of Magnetic Structures (August 14 - 16, 2014, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada).

July 27, 2014

Shannon Kraemer presented a poster at Gordon Research Conference on Solid State Chemistry
(July 27 - August 1, 2014, Colby-Sawyer College, New London, NH).

July 21, 2014
Josh Davis attended Hands-on Summer School: Electronic Structure Theory for Materials and (Bio)molecules
(July 21 - August 1, 2014, UCLA).

June, 2014
Josh Davis received Ralph C. Huston Scholarship. Congratulations!

June 26, 2014

Special group meeting at BWW “2014 FIFA World Cup: USA – Germany game”
From left to right: Josh, Shannon, Viktor, Jonathan, Shaun.

June 23, 2014

Welcome to high school scholar Jonathan Thomas (Forest Hills Eastern High School Ada, MI) who will be working on synthesis and characterization of new cathode materials. Jonathan is one of 28 participants of MSU High School Honors Science/Mathematics/Engineering Program (HSHSP).

April, 2014

Colin and Shaun describing their research projects

April 11, 2014

Katherine Wampler received Marjorie Lesher Hunt Chemistry Scholarship. Congradulations!

March 14, 2014 (12:47 p.m.)

From left to right: Dr. Shaun Bruno, Prof. Viktor Poltavets, Prof. Subhendra (Bhanu) Mahanti, Prof. David Weliky, Prof. Thomas Hamann.

Congratulations to Shaun Bruno on successfully defending his Ph.D. Thesis!

March 14, 2014 (10:37 a.m.)

From left to right: Prof. Timothy Hogan, Prof. Thomas Pinnavaia, Prof. Thomas Hamann, Prof. Viktor Poltavets, Dr. Colin Blakely.

Congratulations to Colin Blakely on successfully defending his Ph.D. Thesis!

January 2014
Undergraduate Abigail Harbourne from CEM 186H joined the lab to work with Hamed on new heterogeneous catalysts

September 2013
Undergraduates Katherine Wampler and Alex Chafetz joined the group to work with Shannon and Hamed on nanostructured thermoelectrics and new heterogeneous catalysts

August 18, 2013

Josh went to the University of California-Santa Barbara for the International Center for Materials Research Summer School on Materials in 3D: Modeling and Imaging at Multiple Length Scales

August 2, 2013
Shaun and Colin were awarded the Dissertation Completion Fellowship for the spring semester 2014. Congratulations!

September 8, 2013
Shaun, Colin, Josh, and Hamed went to the ACS National meeting in Indianapolis Indiana

July 25, 2013

Jai finished his post-doc and went on to do another post-doc at Northwestern University

June 23, 2013
Shaun, Colin, Josh, and Shannon took a road trip from East Lansing to Oregon State University to the North American Solid State Chemistry Conference and back.

May 4, 2013
Jon Clapham graduated with his B.S. in Chemistry

April 15, 2013
Jahan finished his post-doc and went on to do another post-doc at the University of Texas- Pan American

March 26, 2013
Shaun, Colin, and Shannon were awarded the Dissertation Continuation Fellowship from the College of Natural Science for the Summer of 2013. Congratulations!

February 13, 2013
Shaun was the recipient of poster award at the COGS 5th Annual Graduate Academic Conference

February 12, 2013
Shaun received the Excellence-in-Teaching Citation from Michigan State University. Congradulations!

November 2, 2012

Shaun went to Argonne National Laboratory for the Workshop on Mössbauer data evaluation using CONNUS and PHOENIX software

December 7, 2012

Poltavets group welcomes new graduate students: Shannon Kraemer, Hamed Hajibabaei Najafabadi, and Ryan Hoffman.

September 16, 2012

Jahan and his wife had a baby boy on September 16th . Congratulations!

September 14, 2012

Shaun has been awarded CNS Excellence-in-Teaching Citation. Congratulations!

May 8, 2012
Stephen received the Herbert T. Graham Scholarship. Congradulations!

April 19, 2012

John Suddard-Bangsund received First Year Honors Chemistry Award. Congradulations!

April 19, 2012

Zach Baum has been awarded with Thomas Alan Deline Scholarship for exceptional achievements in undergraduate research. Congratulations!

April 16, 2012
3 undergraduate researchers from our group were admitted to graduate programs (All 3 had multiple offers). Zack decided to go to the Ohio State University, Max Braun went to Colorado State University and Korey Carter selected the George Washington University. Congratulations!

April 11, 2012

Group meeting at Munn Ice Arena

April 4, 2012

Research discussion at a group meeting

April 3, 2012
Viktor celebrating NSF DMR grant with colleagues

From left to right: Prof. James Jackson, Prof. Benjamin Levine, Prof. Robert Maleczka, Prof. Thomas Hamann, Prof. James McCusker, Prof. Remi Beaulac, Prof. Viktor Poltavets, Prof. Thomas Pinnavaia, Prof. Aaron Odom, Prof. Milton Smith.

April 2, 2012

Professor Michael Shatruk from Florida State University presented a seminar on "Controlling Magnetic Bistability in Solid State and Molecular Materials: Itinerant Magnets and Spin-Crossover Complexes".

March 30, 2012
Shaun, Colin and Josh at Graduate Academic Conference 2012.

November 29, 2011

Welcome to our new first year graduate students: Stephan Baumler (left) and Joshua Davis (right) .

August 29, 2011
Dr. Jai Prakash (Postdoc) joined the group after completing a PhD on structures and magnetism of superconducting iron pnictide materials at I.I.T Delhi, India in the group of Prof. Ashok K. Ganguli.

Jay and Jahan are eating an american pie for the first time.

August 9, 2011
Colin has been awarded a CNS Dissertation Continuation Fellowship. Congratulations!

June 22, 2011
Professor Tokeer Ahmad from Jamia Millia Islamia Central University (India) presented a seminar on Nanomaterial synthesis by reverse micelle approach.

June 22, 2011
Colin’s and Shaun’s article on new Low-Temperature Solvothermal Approach to Topotactic Oxygen Deintercalation has been published in Inorganic Chemistry (ACS Journal) (Inorganic Chemistry, 50 (2011), 6696). Well done guys!


June 12, 2011

Left:  Colin with Jason Hodges (ORNL Instrument Scientist) during experiment at SNS ORNL (Spallation Neutron Source at Oak Ridge National Laboratory).
 Right:  Jason, Viktor, and Colin enjoying the outdoors during lunch after the experiment (Knoxville, TN).

June 6, 2011
Shaun and Colin relaxing after a long drive during the first night of the 2011 North American Solid State Conference at Mcmaster University in Hamilton, Ontario Canada.

May 9, 2011
Professor Dmitri Talapin from the University of Chicago gave a seminar on Nanocrystal Assemblies.

April 27, 2011
Colin received the Herbert T. Graham Scholarship.





April 14, 2011
The Poltavets group welcomes postdoctoral fellow Dr. Jahangeer Ahmed. Jahangeer received his PhD from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

From left to right: Colin, Viktor, Jahan

April 13, 2011
Shaun passed the Second Year Oral Exam. Congratulations! (Shaun, just 3 years left until your thesis defense. Get back to work after we get back from Crunchys).

April 1, 2011
Colin passed the Second Year Oral Exam. Congratulations!

March 21, 2011
Professor Bradley Fahlman from Central Michigan University visited and gave a seminar on Electro Testing of Graphene Nanostructures .

March 19, 2011
Viktor, Shaun, and Colin were joined by Professor Kenneth Poeppelmeier (Northwestern University), Bart Bartlett (University of Michigan), and two of Bart's graduate students Joseph Yourey and Xiaoguang Hao for dinner at Dublin Square in East Lansing.

March 17, 2011
Professor Kenneth Poeppelmeier from Northwestern University visited and gave a Colloquium seminar on Noncentrosymmetric Structures. He enjoyed lunch with Colin and Shaun were he gave great insight and suggestions toward ongoing research in the Poltavets group.

March 7, 2011
Professor Yurij Mozharivski from McMaster University visited and presented a seminar on Magnetocaloric phases. Great discussion were held with Yurij and the Poltavets group over lunch and dinner. Shaun and Colin will be seeing him again in June when they travel to McMaster University for the 2011 North American Solid State Chemistry Conference.

March 2, 2011
Colin and Shaun both have been awarded with an Educational Merit Fellowship by the department!

February 25, 2011
Prospective graduate students were shown around campus and East Lansing, including an MSU hockey game. We hope to see these students back in the fall.

February 16, 2011
Shaun received his final cumulative exam point!

January 19, 2011
Colin received his final cumulative exam point!

November 22, 2010
Professor Holger Kleinke from University of Waterloo visited and gave a seminar on Transition metal antimonides and tellurides for the thermoelectric energy conversion.

August 17, 2010
Shaun and Viktor attended the Ceramics Gordon Research Conference in New London, NH, where they participated in the soccer challenge. After a one hour game the Ceramics conference beat the Biomineralization conference 4-1 with Viktor contributing 1 goal!

August 3, 2010
Colin and Viktor attended the Solid State Gordon Research Conference in New London, NH.

June 23, 2010
Shaun, Zack, Colin and Viktor watching USA – Algeria Soccer World Cup game (1 – 0, Donovan scored on the 91st minute!)

February 25, 2010
Shaun was awarded by the department with the Educational Merit Fellow!