Principal Investigator

Contact Information

Call: +1(519)888-4567 ext 36863

Email: aklinkova[at]

Dr. Anna Klinkova

Assistant Professor | Department of Chemistry, University of Waterloo

After receiving her B.Sc. in chemistry from Saint Petersburg State University (Russia) and extensive experience in organic synthesis at SPBU Institute of Chemistry and at Leipzig University (Germany), Anna did her M.Sc. at the Center for Photochemical Sciences at Bowling Green State University (United States) studying semiconductor quantum dots for solar cells.

Anna received her Ph.D. in materials chemistry from the University of Toronto in 2015 where her research evolved around nanoparticle self-assembly, plasmonics, and catalysis. During her Ph.D., she was a visiting research scholar at Brookhaven National Lab (United States) and the University of Bayreuth (Germany). After graduation, she worked on carbon dioxide electroreduction catalysts at the UofT as a Connaught postdoctoral fellow. 

She started her independent research career at the University of Waterloo in Fall 2017 as an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry. Her current research interests include the synthesis, physical properties, and structural stability of nanoscale materials and their applications in sustainable chemistry.

Current Members

Dr. Jury Medvedev

Postdoctoral Fellow


Feng Li

PhD Candidate


Xenia Medvedeva

PhD Candidate


Yulia Tobolovskaya

MSc Student


Helen Engelhardt

Undergraduate Student


Vid Sharda

Undergraduate Student


Matthew Scarfo

Undergraduate Student


Sarah Shakim

Undergraduate Student


Former Members

Graduate Students

Stephen Tatarchuk | MSc in Chemistry (2021)

Thesis title: Development of Cobalt-Doped Nickel Hydroxide Sol-Gel Catalysts for Enhanced Electro-Oxidation of Urea (full text)

Published papers: Chemosphere 2021, 279, 130550 (link); Green Chem. 2020, 22, 4456 (link)

Current position: PhD Student, Computational Electrochemistry Laboratory at the University of Guelph

Undergraduate Co-op and Project Students

Skandan Chandrasekar (Co-op, 2020-2021)

Eliana Feygin (CHEM494, 2020-2021), now graduate student at MIT

Joshua Da Costa (CHEM494, 2020-2021)

Chuanhao Peng (CHEM494, 2020-2021)

Aurora Torrijos (CHEM494, 2020), now R&D scientist at Sheertex

Elena Smith (CHEM494, 2019-2020) 

Jordan Lau (CHEM494, 2019-2020) 

Thomas Zienchuk (CHEM494, 2018-2019), now at Kinectrics 

Jacob Rempel (Co-op, 2018), now graduate student at University of Toronto 

Sahej Bakshi (CHEM494, 2017-2018), now senior specialist at Samsung

Visiting and Part-time Researchers

Rachelle Choueiri (part-time postdoc, Jul 2019 – Dec 2019, Jun 2020 – Mar 2021), now at Computational Electrochemistry Laboratory, University of Guelph

Gudmundur Johannesson (part-time postdoc, Jun 2020 – Nov 2020), now self-employed/environmental consulting

Yulia Steksova (visiting graduate student, Jan 2020 – Mar 2020), now graduate student at ITMO University

Yixiang Zhang (co-supervised MASc student, Sep 2019 – May 2020)

Marion Bassin (intern, May 2019 – Aug 2019), now R&D scientist at BASF

Alex Maokhamphiou (intern, May 2019 – Aug 2019), now graduate student at Saint-Gobain Research Paris and University of Lyon 1

Evgeniia Khairullina (visiting graduate student, Jan 2018 – May 2018, Apr 2019 – Aug 2019), now research associate at Saint Petersburg State University

Ana Sousa-Castillo (visiting postdoc, Jul 2018 – Sep 2018), now postdoc at LMU Munich

Kseniia Mosina (visiting graduate student, Jun 2018 – Sep 2018), now at BIOCAD Pharmaceuticals

Aleksandra Vidyakina (visiting undergraduate researcher, Jul 2018 – Sep 2018), now graduate student at Saint Petersburg State University

Alexey Pogodaev (visiting undergraduate researcher, May 2018 – Aug 2018), now graduate student at Saint Petersburg State University

Andre Paradis (research assistant, Feb 2018 – Jul 2018), now at Quadro Engineering Corp.

Undergraduate Volunteers

Prakriti Somani (May 2019 – Aug 2019)

Luca Leustean (May 2019 – Aug 2019), now application scientist at Angstrom Engineering

Eniko Zsoldos (May 2018 – Aug 2018), now graduate student at Dalhousie University

Amir Basiratnia (May 2018 – Aug 2018), now radiochemist technologist at Kinectrics

Yifan Yang (Feb 2018 – May 2018)

Interested in joining us?

If you are a talented and enthusiastic person and interested in joining our group, check out our careers page for current openings. We are an international and multicultural group where people from different parts of the world work in a cooperative and friendly environment.

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