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Dr. Mercouri G. Kanatzidis is a Professor of Chemistry and of Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. He also has a senior scientist appointment at Argonne National Laboratory. His interests include the design and synthesis of new materials with emphasis on systems with highly unusual structural/physical characteristics or those capable of energy conversion, energy detection, environmental remediation, and catalysis. After obtaining his B.Sc. degree from Aristotle University in Greece, he received his Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from the University of Iowa and was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Michigan and Northwestern University. He holds a Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor Chair at Northwestern University.