Anna Klinkova

Anna Klinkova
Associate Professor
Location: C2 263
Phone: 519-888-4567 x 46863


Professor Anna Klinkova’s research is focused on developing efficient and scalable synthetic approaches to advanced nanomaterials for applications in sustainable energy and catalysis. Her current research goals include: (1) gaining a systematic understanding of the effects of nanocrystal composition, morphology, and surface chemistry on their physicochemical properties relevant to conventional thermal catalysis, photo- and electrocatalysis, and (2) building functional (electro)catalytic devices for addressing current energy and sustainability challenges.

Research Interests

  • Nanomaterials synthesis
  • Surface chemistry
  • Nanocatalysis
  • CO2 electroreduction
  • Plasmonics
  • Self-assembly
  • Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage
  • Nanomaterials
  • Quantum Materials”
  • Energy Materials
  • Smart and Functional Materials
  • Next Generation Energy Systems
  • Synthetic Chemistry and Catalysis
  • Renewable Energy
  • Protection of Surface and Groundwater Resources

Scholarly Research

Anna Klinkova’s research interests encompass the following areas: * Scalable synthetic routes for nanoparticles with well-defined facets, defects, dopants, and surface chemistry; * Structure – catalytic performance relationship in nanocatalysis; * Catalytic reaction mechanism studies using theory and experiment; * Electrolyzer design and fabrication; * CO2 electroreduction and electrocarboxylation; * Electrochemical wastewater treatment; * Techno-economic and environmental assessment of electrocatalytic technologies Learn more about Anna Klinkova's research through her research group website: [](


  • 2015 Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Toronto, Canada
  • 2011 M.Sc., Photochemical Sciences, Bowling Green State University, USA
  • 2009 B.Sc., Chemistry, Saint Petersburg State University, Russia


  • 2017-19 (declined) Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 2015-17 Connaught Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Toronto
  • 2014-15 Canada Research Chair Graduate Prize in Nanochemistry, University of Toronto
  • 2011-15 Ontario Trillium Scholarship, Government of Canada


  • NANO 600 - Introduction to Nanotechnology
    • Taught in 2022, 2023
  • NE 222 - Organic Chemistry for Nanotechnology Engineers
    • Taught in 2019, 2020, 2021, 2023
  • NE 225 - Structure and Properties of Nanomaterials
    • Taught in 2024
  • NE 453 - Special Topics in Nanotechnology Engineering
    • Taught in 2021
  • NE 499 - Special Topics in Nanostructured Materials
    • Taught in 2019, 2020

* Only courses taught in the past 5 years are displayed.

Selected/Recent Publications

  • F. Li, X. V. Medvedeva, J. J. Medvedev, E. Khairullina, H. Engelhardt, S. Chandrasekar, Y. Guo, J. Jin, A. Lee, H. Thérien-Aubin, Y. Pang, A. Ahmed, A. Klinkova Interplay of Electrochemical and Electrical effects Induces Structural Transformations in Electrocatalysts, Nature Catal., 2021, DOI: 10.1038/s41929-021-00624-y (selected for issue cover; read behind the paper post:
  • J. J. Medvedev, X. V. Medvedeva, H. Engelhardt, A. Klinkova Relative Activity of Metal Cathodes towards Electroorganic Coupling of CO2 with Benzylic Halides, Electrochim. Acta, 2021, 387, 138528 (invited, special issue “Electrochemical Reduction of CO2 for the Synthesis of Value-added Chemicals”).
  • S. W. Tatarchuk, R. Choueiri, X. V. Medvedeva, L. D. Chen, A. Klinkova Inductive Effects in Cobalt-Doped Nickel Hydroxide Electronic Structure Facilitating Urea Electrooxidation, Chemosphere, 2021, 279, 130550 (invited, special issue “2D Advanced Materials and Technologies for Industrial Wastewater Treatment”).
  • X. V. Medvedeva, J. J. Medvedev, A. Klinkova Translating Tactics from Direct CO2 Electroreduction to Electroorganic Coupling Reactions with CO2, Adv. Energy Sustainability Res., 2021, doi: 10.1002/aesr.202100001 (invited).
  • J. J. Medvedev, Y. P. Steksova, X. V. Medvedeva, Y. Pivovarova, E. F. Krivoshapkina, A. Klinkova Synthesis of Dimeric Molecules via Ag-Catalyzed Electrochemical Homocoupling of Organic Bromides Paired with Electrooxidation of Urea, J. Electrochem. Soc., 2020, 167, 155521 (in the Focus Issue on Organic and Inorganic Molecular Electrochemistry).
  • X. V. Medvedeva, J. J. Medvedev, S. W. Tatarchuk, R. M. Choueiri, A. Klinkova Sustainable at Both Ends: Electrochemical CO2Utilization Paired with Electrochemical Treatment of Nitrogeneous Waste, Green Chem., 2020, 22, 4456-4462.
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