Boris Lukanov, PhD, Program Associate, Clean Energy Program

Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Yale University

B.A. Physics and Astronomy, Wesleyan University


Dr. Boris Lukanov joined the Clean Energy Program at PSE in 2017. He has more than 10 years of multidisciplinary research experience in both experimental and theoretical science. His PhD work focused on the atomic-scale characterization of surfaces and thin films, with applications in photovoltaics and photoelectrochemistry. His postdoctoral and undergraduate research focused on theoretical simulations and computational modeling of complex fluid systems. He has been involved with projects related to air quality and energy efficiency in his home country of Bulgaria.


Selected publications:

  • Boris Lukanov and Abbas Firoozabadi, "Molecular Thermodynamic Modeling of Reverse Micelles and Water-in-Oil Micromulsions." Langmuir 32, 3100 (2016).
  • Atefeh Khoshnood, Boris Lukanov, Abbas Firozzabadi, "Temperature Effect on Micelle Formation: Molecular Thermodynamic Model Revisited." Langmuir 32, 2175 (2016).
  • Boris Lukanov and Abbas Firoozabadi. Specific ion effects on the self-assembly of ionic surfactants: a molecular thermodynamic theory of micellization with dispersion forces. Langmuir 30, 6373 (2014).
  • Boris Lukanov, Kevin Garrity, Sohrab Ismail-Beigi, and Eric I. Altman. Formation and atomic structure of ordered Sr-induced nanostrips on Ge (100). Physical Review B 89, 155319 (2014).
  •  Boris Lukanov, Kevin Garrity, Sohrab Ismail-Beigi, and Eric I. Altman. Deciphering the atomic structure of a complex Sr/Ge (100) phase via scanning tunneling microscopy and first-principles calculations. Physical Review B 85, 195316 (2012).
  • Nicolas Giovambattista, Thomas Loerting, Boris R. Lukanov, and Francis W. Starr. Interplay of the Glass Transition and the Liquid-Liquid Phase Transition in Water. Scientific Reports 2, 390 (2012).
  • B. R. Lukanov, J. W. Reiner, F. J. Walker, C. H. Ahn, and E. I. Altman. Formation of alkaline-earth template layers on Ge(100) for oxide heteroepitaxy: Self-organization of ordered islands and trenches. Physical Review B 84, 075330 (2011).


There are no products in your shopping cart.