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Staykov Lab
Staykov laboratory specializes in theoretical and computational chemistry. We use first-principle calculations to study the properties of solids, surfaces, and interfaces. Amongst the prefered techniques are density functional theory, non-equilibrium Green's function method, and first-principle molecular dynamics. Staykov laboratory is part of the International Institute for Carbon-neutral Energy Research (I2CNER) at Kyushu University. Our research is related towards simulation of materials used in the renuwable energy technologies. We investigate chemical processes at the surface and interfaces of complex oxides used in solid oxide fuel cells, nanoparticles and nanostructures used in catalysis, and junction and interfaces with application in nanoelectronics and solar energy.
Associate Professor Aleksandar Staykov

Dr. rer. Nat. (Ph.D) obtained from Wilhelm Ostwald Institute for Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, Leipzig University, Germany
M.Sc. (specialty Organic Chemistry) obtained from Faculty of Chemictry, Sofia University, Bulgaria
Languages: Bulgarian, English, German, Russian, Japanese
Career

2018-present: Principle Investigator, International Institute for Carbon Neutral Energy Research, Molecular photoconversion division 

2015-present: Associate professor, International Institute for Carbon Neutral Energy Research, Molecular photoconversion division 

2011-2014: Assistant professor, International Institute for Carbon Neutral Energy Research, Hydrogen production division 
 
2008-2010: JSPS Postdoctoral fellow, Institute for Materials Chemistry and Engineering, Kyushu University Japan with supervisor Prof. Kazunari Yoshizawa. Molecular electronics.

2006-2008: Postdoctoral fellow, Institute for Materials Chemistry and Engineering, Kyushu University Japan with supervisor Prof. Kazunari Yoshizawa. Research topics: Molecular electronics, photochemistry, heterogeneous catalysis.

2002-2006: Leipzig University, Germany. Wilhelm-Ostwald Institute for Physical and Theoretical Chemistry. Obtained PhD (Dr. rer. Nat.) in June 2006 with “magna cum laude”. The title of the doctor thesis was “Magnetic and electronic properties of 1-D stacks of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons”. The PhD study was supported with a fellowship from the German service for academic exchange (DAAD). PhD supervisors: Prof. Dr. Fritz Dietz and Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Nikolay Tyutyulkov.

1997-2002: Sofia University, Bulgaria. Faculty of Chemistry. Graduated in 2002 the course of Organic Chemistry with M.Sc.