Boris Kozinsky

Boris KozinskyBoris Kozinsky works at the intersection of fundamental physics of materials properties, efficient computational algorithms, and data-intensive informatics approaches. The overall vision is to leverage the rapidly expanding power of computation and data science to accelerate discovery and design of new practical materials needed for breakthroughs in energy storage and conversion systems. Performance of these systems is controlled by atomic-scale transport and reaction mechanisms and their coupling at different length and time scales that are difficult to probe by experiment alone. Atomistic and electronic structure computations are emerging as a powerful tool for understanding and distilling the design rules governing quantum-level microscopic effects.


Boris Kozinsky studied at MIT for his B.S. degrees in Physics, Mathematics, and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and received his PhD degree in Physics also from MIT in 2007. During his graduate studies he worked on understanding electronic interactions and response in low-dimensional quantum materials, while developing computational electronic structure methods. He then established and led the atomistic computational materials team at Bosch Research in Cambridge MA. He and his team worked closely with experimental partners and universities, in diverse technology areas, focusing on materials for energy storage and conversion. His work contributed to advances and over 50 inventions in a wide range of materials systems, including 1D and 2D materials, piezoelectrics, thermoelectrics, batteries, super-ionic conductors, catalysts, and functional polymers. Leveraging over a decade of experience in industrial application-driven research, he emphasizes technological relevance and rapid screening methods for high performance materials and devices.


Honors and awards

  • MIT Presidential Fellow
  • DOE Graduate Computational Science Fellow
  • Joseph Henry Prize, Princeton University Department of Physics
  • Elected member of Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Honor Society
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellow honorable mention
  • Jesse H. Jones Scholar
  • National Merit Scholar

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