John Kouvetakis

  • Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Arizona State University
PO Box 871604
Tempe, AZ 85287


John Kouvetakis' research activities bridge the areas of inorganic chemistry, applied physics and materials science of semiconductor and refractory materials. The design, preparation and applications of novel solid state and molecular systems are particularly emphasized. Current thrusts include: (a) synthesis of purpose-built, main group inorganic hydrides with tailored reactivities and stoichiometries, enabling formation of functional material architectures that cannot be obtained by conventional routes, (b) growth of silicon-based photonic materials for the development of prototype photodetectors, modulators, and multijunction photovoltaic devices, (c) integration of dissimilar materials with Si technologies (including III-V and II-VI compounds for monolithic integration) via epitaxy driven synthesis methods, (d) advanced wide band gap semiconductor materials for breakthrough applications in solar energy, solid state lighting and optoelectronics semiconductors, (e) solid-state inorganic chemistry based on light elements (refractory carbides, nitrides, borides and C-N frameworks).


inorganic chemistry; materials chemistry


    Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley, 1988


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