Assistant Professor, Chemistry

Research interests: nanocrystal synthesis, nanocatalysis, CO2 electroreduction, organic electrochemistry, nanomaterials for alternative energy, self-assembly, plasmonics


Professor Anna Klinkova’s research is focused on developing efficient and scalable synthetic approaches to advanced nanomaterials for applications in sustainable energy and catalysis.

Klinkova conducted her graduate studies the Center for Photochemical Sciences at Bowling Green State University, where she worked on the design of hybrid semiconductor nanomaterials for applications in solar cells. She obtained her PhD from the University of Toronto, where she studied synthesis and applications of plasmonic metal nanoparticles, as well as their self-assembly.

In 2015, Klinkova was a recipient of the Connaught Postdoctoral Fellowship, which she held to conduct interdisciplinary research at the University of Toronto with Professor Ted Sargent and Professor Eugenia Kumacheva. Klinkova's research aimed at the design and synthesis of nanomaterials for electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide to liquid fuels.

Klinkova joined the University of Waterloo in 2017. Her current research goals include: (1) to gain 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) to build functional (electro)catalytic devices for addressing current energy and sustainability challenges.


  • Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Toronto, ON
  • M.Sc., Photochemical Sciences, Bowling Green State University, OH,
  • B.Sc., Chemistry, Saint Petersburg State University, Russia

Anna Klinkova

University of Waterloo