Anna Klinkova

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


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


Recent publications include:

  • J. J. Medvedev, X. V. Medvedeva, F. Li, T. A. Zienchuk, A. Klinkova, Electrochemical CO2 Fixation to α-methylbenzyl bromide in Divided Cells with Non-Sacrificial Anodes and Aqueous Anolytes, ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng., 2019, 7, 19631.
  • A. Sousa-Castillo, F. Li, E. Carbó-Argibay, M. A. Correa-Duarte, A. Klinkova,Pd-CNT-SiO2 Nanoskein: Composite Structure Design for Formic Acid Dehydrogenation, Chem. Commun., 2019, 55, 10733.
  • A. Basiratnia, J. Rempel, F. Li, A. Pogodaev, T. A. Zienchuk, A. Klinkova,Cu(II)-Nanoparticle-derived Structures under CO2 Reduction Conditions: a Matter of Shape, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2019, 21, 5894: selected as 2019 HOT PCCP article.
  • E. Khairullina, K. Mosina, R. M. Choueiri, A. P. Paradis, A. Petruk, G. Sciaini, E. F. Krivoshapkina, A. Lee, A. Ahmed, A. Klinkova,Aligned Octahedral Core in a Nanocage: Synthesis, Plasmonic, and Catalytic Properties, Nanoscale, 2019, 11, 3138: highlighted in themed collection “Materials and Nano Research in Toronto”.
  • A. Klinkova, P. De Luna, E. H. Sargent, E. Kumacheva, P. V. Cherepanov,Enhanced electrocatalytic performance of palladium nanoparticles with high energy surfaces in formic acid oxidation, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2017, 5, 11582.
  • R. M. Choueiri, E. Galati, H. Thérien-Aubin, A. Klinkova, E. M. Larin, A. Querejeta-Fernandez, L. Han, H. L. Xin, O. Gang, E. Zhulina, M. Rubinstein, E. Kumacheva, Surface Patterning of Nanoparticles with Polymer Patches, Nature, 2016, 537, 79.
  • M. Liu, Y. Pang, B. Zhang, P. De Luna, O. Voznyy, J. Xu, X. Zheng, C. T. Dinh, F. Fan, C. Cao, F. P. G. de Arquer, T. S. Safaei, A. Mepham, A. Klinkova, E. Kumacheva, T. Filleter, D. Sinton, S. O. Kelley, E. H. Sargent, Enhanced Electrocatalytic CO2 Reduction via Field-Induced Reagent Concentration, Nature, 2016, 537, 382.

Please see Anna Klinkova's Google Scholar profile for a current list of her peer-reviewed articles.