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 alternative energy and catalysis. Her goal is to gain a systematic understanding of the effects of nanocrystal composition, shape, and surface chemistry on their physicochemical properties relevant to photo- and electrocatalysis, enantioselective catalysis, and light harvesting in solar cells.

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, where her research focuses on the development of functional nanomaterials and nanocatalysts for a variety of applications, including catalytic carbon dioxide conversion into fuels and chemical feedstocks, organic electrosynthesis, enantioselective catalysis, energy harvesting systems, and plasmonic solar cells.


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

Anna Klinkova

    University of Waterloo