Pavle Radovanovic

Pavle Radovanovic
Location: QNC 4619
Phone: 519-888-4567 x38144


Pavle Radovanovic's research investigates the synthesis, fundamental physical and chemical properties, and applications of rationally designed nanostructured materials that combine tunable optical, electrical and magnetic properties. His group applies a variety of synthetic, crystallographic, microscopic, spectroscopic, magnetic and transport techniques, and perform the measurements of novel nanomaterials at both ensemble and single nanostructure level. His approach is to achieve multifunctionality by using complex nanocrystalline alloys and compounds that contain multiple selected transition-metal or rare-earth-metal sites.

The rational design and study of complex nanocrystalline alloys and compounds can provide important understanding of the relationship between the crystal and electronic structures of low-dimensional multifunctional systems and their optical, electrical magnetic properties. He devotes particular attention to the mutual interactions between light, electrical conductivity and magnetization at the nanoscale in the context of novel technological applications. The long-term goal is to understand these materials at the molecular level and to design improved multifunctional nanostructures based on knowledge of the structure-function relationship.

Research Interests

  • Inorganic and hybrid nanostructures
  • Optical and magneto-optical spectroscopies
  • Lighting and LEDs
  • Magnetism and spintronics
  • Photonics and photocatalysis
  • Photonics
  • Optical Systems
  • Nanomaterials


  • 2004 Ph.D., Chemistry and Nanotechnology, University of Washington, USA
  • 2003 Technology Entrepreneurship Certificate Technology Entrepreneurship, University of Washington, USA
  • 1999 M.Sc., Chemistry, Georgetown University, USA
  • 1996 B.Sc., Chemistry, University of Novi Sad, Serbia


  • 2019 Keith Laidler Award, Chemical Institute of Canada
  • 2018 Invited Visiting Professor, University of California, Berkeley
  • 2013-17 Canada Research Chair, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
  • 2014 Canadian National Committee for the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (CNC-IUPAC) Travel Award
  • 2013 Invited Article for the Journal of Materials Chemistry 2014 Emerging Investigators Themed Issue (selected young investigators “with potential to influence future directions in materials chemistry”)
  • 2012 Mobility Award, Office of Science and Technology, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Embassy of France in Canada
  • 2012 Idea to Innovation Award, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
  • 2011-16 Early Researcher Award, Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation
  • 2008-12 Canada Research Chair, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
  • 2003-04 David M. Ritter Fellowship for Excellence in Graduate Research, Department of Chemistry, University of Washington
  • 2003 Silver Award, Materials Research Society
  • 2003 Sigma Xi Scientific Society Graduate Research Award
  • 2000-03 NSF-IGERT Fellowship, National Science Foundation and Center for Nanotechnology at the University of Washington
  • 1996 Annual Award for Exceptional Academic Achievements, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, University of Novi Sad, 1996
  • 1995 Presidential Award for Outstanding Academic Achievements, Office of the President, University of Novi Sad


  • 2014-present, Collaborative Nano Graduate Steering Committee, Interdisciplinary Nano Engineering Program
  • 2015 International Organizing Committee for the Energy, Materials & Nanotechnology Meeting (EMN 2015), Bangkok, Thailand
  • 2011-13 Department of Chemistry Executive Committee
  • 2011 Mentor for the Engineering Science Quest (ESQ) camp; ESQ is a not-for-profit engineering and science education program with a mission to increase the interest in science, engineering and technology amongst Canadian youth

Affiliations and Volunteer Work

  • Member, Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology
  • Member, Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy​


  • CHEM 209 - Introductory Spectroscopy and Structure
    • Taught in 2021, 2022, 2023
  • CHEM 400 - Special Topics in Chemistry
    • Taught in 2020
  • CHEM 750 - Selected Topics in Physical Chemistry
    • Taught in 2021, 2023
  • NANO 602 - Structure and Spectroscopy of Nanoscale Materials
    • Taught in 2022, 2023, 2024
  • NANO 701 - Fundamentals of Nanotechnology
    • Taught in 2019, 2020, 2021
  • NANO 702 - Nanotechnology Tools
    • Taught in 2019, 2020, 2021

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

Selected/Recent Publications

  • Yin P, Tan Y, Ward MJ, Hegde M, Radovanovic PV. Effect of Dopant Activation and Plasmon Damping on Carrier Polarization in In2O3 Nanocrystals. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C. 2019 Nov 17;123(49):29829-37.
  • Yin P, Hegde M, Garnet NS, Tan Y, Radovanovic PV. Faceting-Controlled Zeeman Splitting in Plasmonic TiO2 Nanocrystals. Nano letters. 2019 Aug 26;19(9):6695-702.
  • Ghodsi, V.; Radovanovic, P. V. “Synergistic Effect of the Electronic Structure and Defect Formation Leads to High Photocatalytic Efficiency of Gallium Tin Oxide Nanocrystals” J. Phys. Chem. C 2018, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.8b08613
  • Yin, P.; Hegde, M.; Tan, Y.; Chen, S.; Garnet, N.; Radovanovic, P. V. “Controlling the Mechanism of Excitonic Splitting in In2O3 Nanocrystals by Carrier Delocalization” ACS Nano 2018, 12, 11211- 11218.
  • Jin, S.; Lu, W.; Stanish, P. C.; Radovanovic, P. V. “Compositional Control of the Photocatalytic Activity of Ga2O3 Nanocrystals Enabled by Defect-Induced Carrier Trapping” Chem. Phys. Lett. 2018, 706, 509-514. Dr. Pavle Radovanovic
  • Yin, P.; Tan, Y.; Fang, H.; Radovanovic, P. V. “Plasmon-Induced Carrier Polarization in Semiconductor Nanocrystals”, Nat. Nanotechnol. 2018, 13, 463–467.
  • Ghodsi, V; Radovanovic, P. V. “Turning Weakly Luminescent SnO2 Nanocrystals into Tunable and Efficient Light Emitters by Aliovalent Alloying” Chem. Mater. 2018, 30, 3578–3587.
  • Wang, Y.; Hegde, M.; Chen, S.; Yin, P.; Radovanovic, P. V. “Control of the Spontaneous Formation of Oxide Overlayers on GaP Nanowires Grown by Chemical Vapor Deposition”, AIMS Mater. Sci. 2018, 5, 105-115. Invited article for the Topical Section of Crystalline Materials.
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  • Radovanovic, P. V. “Materials for Converting Broad Ultraviolet Excitation to Homogeneous White Light and Method for Production Thereof” U.S. Patent (Appl. No. 14/882,547); filed on October 10, 2015.
  • Radovanovic, P. V., Wang, T. “White light emitting nanomaterial, synthesis method and fabrication method” U.S. Patent (Appl. No. 201501084060); published on April 23, 2015.

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