Christo Sevov (Ohio State University)

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Location: B01 McCourtney Hall

Bio: Christo Sevov was born in Sofia, Bulgaria and moved to the US at a young age. He spent his formative years in South Bend, IN and received his B.S. in 2009 from the University of Notre Dame. There, Christo worked with Prof. Olaf Wiest on photoredox-catalyzed cycloaddition that complement traditional Diels-Alder reactions. Christo earned his Ph.D. in 2014 after beginning his studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with Prof. John Hartwig and later moving with the group to the University of California Berkeley. His research involved the mechanistic study and development of metal-catalyzed additions of C–H, N–H, and O–H bonds across alkenes. Following his PhD studies, Christo moved back to the Midwest and conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Michigan with Prof. Melanie Sanford. Applying an organic chemist’s approach to energy storage, Christo developed soluble battery materials for grid-scale storage devices. Christo began his independent career at The Ohio State University in 2017, merging his experience in electrochemistry and catalysis. Christo’s research interests include designing electrosynthetic organic methods, electrocatalytic upcycling of wastes and plastics, and developing hybrid solid-liquid flow batteries.

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