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Victor Klimov

Victor Klimov

Phone: 505-665-8284
Email: klimov@lanl.gov

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Professional Career

  • 2009 - present Director, Center for Advanced Solar Photophysics, an Energy Frontier Research Center of the U.S. Department of Energy
  • 2004 - present LANL Fellow
  • 2001 - present Team Leader, Softmatter Nanotechnology and Advanced Spectroscopy, Chemistry Division, LANL
  • 2000 - 2009 Thrust Leader, Nanophotonics and Optical Nanomaterials, Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies, operated by Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories for the U.S. Department of Energy.
  • 1995 - 2001 Technical Staff Member, Chemistry Division, LANL
  • 1993 - 1995 Research Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Technical University of Aachen, Germany
  • 1992 Visiting Professor, Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain 
  • 1990 - 1993 Principal Scientist, Physics Department, Moscow State University
  • 1981 - 1990 Associate, Assistant Professor, Moscow State University and Moscow Institute for Geodesy, Mapping, and Aerial Photography


  • 1993 Doctor of Sciences, Physics and Mathematics, Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia.
  • 1981 Candidate of Sciences (equivalent to PhD), Physics and Mathematics, Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia. (Advisors: Profs.  L. V. Keldysh and V. S. Dneprovsky)
  • 1978 Physics Diploma (equivalent to MS), Highest Honors, Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia.

Awards and Honors

  • 2005 Certificate of Appreciation (Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies, Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories)
  • 2004 Fellow of Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • 2003 Fellow of the American Physical Society
  • 2003 Fellow of the Optical Society of America
  • 2003 Employee Recognition Award (for the contribution to the establishment of the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies.
  • 2001, 1997, 1996 Los Alamos Achievement Award
  • 1999 Los Alamos Fellows’ Prize
  • 1993 Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
  • 1992 International Science Foundation Award
  • 1978 Lenin’s Fellowship, Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia

Contat Information

MS-J567, Chemistry Division
Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545
Office: TA-46, bldg. 535, rm. 235
Phone: (505) 665-8284
Fax: (505) 667-0440
E-mail: klimov@lanl.gov

Research Interests

Photophysics of semiconductor and metal nanostructures with focus on colloidal nanocrystals; carrier relaxation processes; multiexciton phenomena; energy and charge transfer; femtosecond and nonlinear optical spectroscopies; single-nanostructure spectroscopy; photovoltaics; optical gain and lasing.

Current Research Topics Include:

  • Fundamental principles of conversion of light into charge carriers and the nature of primary photexcitations in quantum-confined systems
  • Interfacial energy and charge transfer in nanoscale assemblies 
  • Carrier energy relaxation and recombination in low-dimensional semiconductors
  • Multiparticle interactions in strongly confined semiconductor nanocrystals (e.g., multiexciton spectra and dynamics, Auger recombination, carrier multiplication, etc.)
  • Optical gain and lasing in nanocrystal-based materials
  • Electronic dynamics in hybrid semiconductor-metal nanostructures


Victor I. Klimov is a Fellow of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), the Director of the Center for Advanced Solar Photophysics, and the leader of Softmatter Nanotechnology and Advanced Spectroscopy team in the Chemistry Division of LANL. Victor completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Russia at Moscow State University (MSU) specializing in condensed matter physics and laser optics. After defending his Ph.D. thesis in 1981, he joined the Physics Department of the Moscow Institute for Geodesy, Mapping, and Aerial Photography as an Assistant Professor. At the same, he continued his research at the Physics Department of MSU pursuing an advanced scientific degree of Doctor of Sciences (D.Sc.). After successfully defending this degree in 1993, Victor moved to Germany and joined the Institute for Semiconductors in Aachen, Germany as an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow. In 1995, Victor moved to the US and joined LANL as a Technical Staff Member. Initially, Victor’s work in Los Alamos focused on optical spectroscopy of fullerenes and conducting polymers. In 1998, with funding through the LANL LDRD program, he began a new effort in spectroscopic studies of colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals. Since then, Victor’s effort in nanocrystals has grown into a multimillion dollar program involving more than 30 researchers across different divisions of LANL as well as numerous external collaborators. The focus of Victor’s recent research has been on multiexciton phenomena in semiconductor nanocrystals. Among other results, this work established that the dominant decay channel for multiple electron-hole pairs in nanocrystals is not radiative decay but extremely fast, nonradiative Auger recombination (Science 287, 1011, 2000). This discovery was critical for the first demonstration of lasing in colloidal nanoparticles reported by his team in 2000 (Science 290, 314, 2000). Using the distinct Auger-decay signature of multiexcitons in nanocrystals, Victor’s team was the first to experimentally demonstrate high-efficiency carrier multiplication (multiexciton generation by single photons) in 2004 (Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 186601, 2004). This discovery has stimulated a broad worldwide effort focusing on the fundamental physics and practical applications of this phenomenon. For his work on nanocrystals, Victor was elected a Fellow of both the American Physical Society (2003) and the Optical Society of America (2003). He also won the Los Alamos Fellows’ Prize (1999) and in 2004 was named a Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellow.

August 2010

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