Welcoming Professor Nik Kaltsoyannis
Nik Kaltsoyannis’ research focuses on the molecular computational quantum chemistry of the d and f elements, especially the actinide series.
He will join the School of Chemistry on September 14th as co-director of the Centre for Radiochemistry Research and head of theoretical and computational chemistry. He was an undergraduate and graduate student at the University of Oxford, gaining his doctorate under the supervision of Professor Jennifer Green. He then went on to postdoctoral positions in the United States; firstly as a University Postdoctoral Fellow with Professor Bruce Bursten at the University of Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio, and then as a NATO postdoctoral fellow with Dr Norman Edelstein at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California. He joined the academic staff of University College London in 1994, becoming Professor of Computational Chemistry in 2007.
Nik’s recent appointments outside of UCL include visiting scientist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, member of the Royal Society university research fellowship appointment panel, external examiner in inorganic chemistry at the University of Oxford, and chair of the international advisory group of the Nuclear FiRST DTC. He is on the management board of the EPSRC’s “DISTINCTIVE” nuclear waste and decommissioning consortium.
Nik has given invited lectures at conferences and universities throughout the UK, and internationally in China, Finland, France, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, Switzerland and the USA. He has published c. 150 papers, reviews and book chapters.