Professor, Chemistry; Canada Research Chair in Spectroscopy of Nanoscale Materials

Research interests: synthesis of new multifunctional nanostructures​


Professor Pavle Radovanovic’s research involves studying the optical, magnetic and electronic interactions in nanosystems and their uses in creating next generation forms of information processing and computer memory. The research is relevant in improving computing performance, speed and energy consumption through new forms of non-volatile computer memory that overcome many limits of existing technology.

As Canada Research Chair in Physical Chemistry and Spectroscopy of Nanoscale Materials, Radovanovic studies how light, magnetic field and electrical current interact in nanometre-scale materials in advanced and next-generation microcomputing. The knowledge gained from this research is a key to designing new forms of information processors and non-volatile Random Access Memory (RAM)—memory that doesn’t disappear with electricity.

One promising new form of RAM stores information with a combination of magnetic field and electricity (magneto-resistance),using much less electrical power in the process. Radovanovic will design nanocrystalline materials that combine the necessary optical, electrical and magnetic properties. By designing and studying these systems, he’ll develop a fundamental understanding of the relationship between the electronic and crystal structure of low-dimensional multifunctional systems and their functional physical properties. His research program will also address the structure-function relationship as a fundamental question in physical-inorganic and materials chemistry. With the RAM and data storage market worth over $100 billion per year, Radovanovic’s research will help ensure Canada is a major player in this field, while advancing the speed and performance of computing, benefiting countless other industries in our increasingly digitized world.


  • PhD, University of Washington, 2004
  • MS, Georgetown University, 1999
  • Diploma of Chemistry, University of Novi Sad, Serbia, 1996

Pavle Radovanovic

University of Waterloo