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Nikolai Zhitenev

Nikolai Zhitenev is the Group Leader of the CNST Energy Research Group. He received a M.S. degree in Physics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Russia (with honors, eq. summa cum laude), and a Ph.D. degree in Condensed Matter Physics from the Institute of Solid State Physics, Russia. After receiving his Ph.D., he was an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the Max-Planck Institute for Solid State Physics, Stuttgart, Germany, and then a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He then became a staff member at Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, where his research focused on electronic transport in different physical systems, ranging from two-dimensional electron gasses in Si, Ge and GaAs, to semiconductor and metal quantum dots, to nanoscale molecular and polymer devices.  Nikolai holds four patents and has over 75 publications in high-profile journals including Science, Nature, Physical Review Letters and Nano Letters. As a staff member in the CNST, Nikolai leads multiple projects related to the measurement of electronic properties of novel materials patterned into nanoscale devices, and to the development of local characterization of photovoltaic materials and devices. 

Selected Programs/Projects


Selected Publications

  • Electromechanical properties of graphene drumheads, N. N. Klimov, S. Jung, S. Zhu, T. Li, C. A. Wright, S. D. Solares, D. B. Newell, N. B. Zhitenev, and J. A. Stroscio, Science 336, 1557–1561 (2012).
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  • Evolution of microscopic localization in graphene in a magnetic field from scattering resonances to quantum dots, S. Jung, G. M. Rutter, N. N. Klimov, D. B. Newell, I. Calizo, A. R. Hight-Walker, N. B. Zhitenev, and J. A. Stroscio, Nature Physics 7, 245-251 (2011). 
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  • Origin of nanoscale variations in photoresponse of an organic solar cell, B. H. Hamadani, S. Jung, P. M. Haney, L. J. Richter, and N. B. Zhitenev, Nano Letters 10, 1611-1617 (2010).
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  • Chemical modifications of the electronic conducting states in polymer nanodevices, N. B. Zhitenev, A.Sidorenko, D. M Tennant. and R. A Cirelli, Nature Nanotechnology 2, 237-242 (2007).
  • Control of topography, stress and diffusion at molecule-metal interface N. B. Zhitenev, W. Jiang, A. Erbe, Z. Bao, E. Garfunkel, D. M. Tennant and R. A. Cirelli, Nanotechnology 17, 1272-1277 (2006).
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Group Leader
Energy Research Group


M.S Physics - Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Russia

Ph.D. Condensed Matter Physics - Institute of Solid State Physics, Russia


Phone: 301-975-6039