May 15, 2017:

Ivan A. Popov has received an offer of employment and won the Director's Postdoctoral Fellowship from Los Alamos National Laboratory. Huge congratulations to Ivan!!! He is expected to join the new lab this July.

April 25, 2017:

Congratulations to Ivan A. Popov!!! Ivan successfully defended his Ph.D.!!! Congrats, Dr. Popov!!!

March 21, 2017:

Another great news!!! Alex Boldyrev has been named the University Outstanding Graduate Mentor for 2017. The quality of mentoring that Alex has provided to graduate students is impressive!!! Big congratulations!!! Extremely well-deserved!!!

February 9, 2017:

Great news!!! Alex Boldyrev has recently published his 10th article in Angewandte Chemie in 10 years!!! His author profile has been featured in this prestigious jounal. Congratulations!!! Well deserved!!!

January 28, 2017:

Ivan Popov won the 2016-2017 College of Science PhD Graduate Researcher of the Year Award! Congratulations!!!

December 7, 2016:

C&EN magazine selected 20 people who made noteworthy statements during 2016 to highlight in a year-end review. Prof. Boldyrev's quote appeared to be among the most powerful quotes of 2016: "We now have a zoo of aromaticity, and no matter which way you view it, we need to think about how we might use this new information." Congratulations to Alex with such an important recognition!!!

October 17, 2016:

Our International Conference on Chemical Bonding (ICCB 2016) is highlighted in C&EN magazine! Thanks to the Senior Correspondent, Steve K. Ritter, who wrote a great article entitled "The art of the chemical bond" overviewing the conference!

October 12, 2016:

Great success!!! Alex Boldyrev in collaboration with academician Prof. Vladimir I. Minkin, Prof. Ruslan M. Minyaev, Prof. Andrey G. Starikov, Prof. Tatyana N. Gribanova and their colleagues from Southern Federal University won Russian Megagrant!!! Congratulations to the international team!!!

September 16, 2016:

Ph.D. student Athanasios Arvanitidis from University of Leuven, Belgium (Prof. Ceulemans group) has joined Dr. Boldyrev's lab as a Visiting Scholar at USU. Welcome!!!

August 04, 2016:

Professor Li-Ming Yang from Huazhong University of Science and Technology has joined Dr. Boldyrev's lab as a Visiting Professor at USU. Welcome!!!

July 14-18, 2016:

Prof. Alexander I. Boldyrev (USU), Prof. Anastassia Alexandrova (UCLA), Natalia Boldyreva, and Ivan A. Popov organized the fourth International Conference on Chemical Bonding (ICCB 2016). The conference is aimed at the exploring and applying different chemical bonding models towards various complex systems (from small clusters to bulky solid-state materials) from both computational and experimental perspectives. This annual meeting brought together 49 theoreticians and experimentalists from 15 countries including universities, institutes and national laboratories.

June 29, 2016:

Ivan A. Popov was chosen as a winner in the graduate oral presentation session at the USU Student Research Symposium. Congratulations!!! Well deserved!


April 27, 2016:

Another great news!!! Ivan A. Popov has won the Graduate Research and Collaborative Opportunities (GRCO) Grant. GRCO Grant program, funded by the Student Involvement and Leadership Center, supports worthy independent student projects that advance a student s professional development and contributes to the scientific community. Congratulations!!!


April 21, 2016:

Great news!!! Ivan A. Popov has won the Marjorie H. Gardner Teaching Award. This award emphasizes his outstanding work as a teaching assistant at Utah State University. Congratulations!!



April 18, 2016:

Our Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. paper by Xue Min, Ivan A. Popov, Fu-Xing Pan, Lei-Jiao Li, Eduard Matito, Zhong-Ming Sun, Lai-Sheng Wang, Alexander I. Boldyrev has been highlighted in Chemical & Engineering News: "Cyclic antimony complexes take aromaticity to a new level". Congratulations to the team!!!

















April 14, 2016:

Ivan A. Popov presented his research at Student Research Symposium 2016 with the talk: "Cobalt-Centred Boron Molecular Drums: the Highest Coordination Number in Chemistry".


March 7, 2016:

Stephen K. Ritter, a senior correspondent of Chemical & Engineering News (a flagship organ of The American Chemical Society) has recently requested our group to serve as experts in the search for the smallest three-membered aromatic ring that can be formed from the first nine elements of the periodic table. A current doctoral student Ivan A. Popov together with Professor Alexander I. Boldyrev have performed necessary quantum-chemical calculations to help answer the question of how low aromaticity can go. These findings are summarized in the following issue of C&EN magazine (Volume 94 Issue 10, pp. 28-29): The littlest aromate.

February 1, 2016:

A new graduate student, Katie Simpson has joined Dr. Boldyrev's lab to pursue the Ph. D. degree at USU. Welcome!!!

December 21, 2015:

Another great news!!! Our recently reported CoB16- molecular drum has been named one of the Molecules of the Year for 2015 by Chemical & Engineering News. Congratulations to the team! Well deserved!!



October 19, 2015:

Our Nat. Commun. paper by Ivan A. Popov, Tian Jian, Gary V. Lopez, Alexander I. Boldyrev & Lai-Sheng Wang has been highlighted in Chemical & Engineering News: "Cobalt-Boron Molecular Drum Beats Bonding Record" and ChemViews Magazine: "Record Coordination Number"). Congratulations to the team!!!

September 20, 2015:

Associate Professor Dr. Longjiu Cheng from Anhui University has joined Dr. Boldyrev's lab as a Visiting Professor at USU. Welcome!!!

July 02-06, 2015:

Our group in collaboration with Prof. Anastassia Alexandrova (UCLA) organized the third International Conference on Chemical Bonding (ICCB 2015) in July 02-06, 2015. The conference is dedicated to a fundamental concept in chemistry and material science - chemical bonding. This annual meeting brought together theorists and experimentalists who probe new aspects of chemical bonding in matter and bond manipulation.

June 10, 2015:

Another great news!!! Alex Ivanov successfully defended his Ph.D.!!! Congrats, Dr. Ivanov!!!

June 8, 2015:

Alexander Boldyrev has been awarded Outstanding Reviewer Status (top 10th percentile in terms of the number of reviews completed for Chemical Physics in the past two years) by Elsevier.

June 8, 2014:

Alex Ivanov has received an offer of employment for a Postdoc Research Associate position (Computational Ligand Design in the Chemical Sciences Division) at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Congratulations to Alex! Hurray!!! He will join the new lab this September.

June 04, 2015:

Our recent J. Phys. Chem. C paper in collaboration with researches from Kyoto University (Japan) has been highlighted in Utah State Today! Congratulations to the team!


May 26, 2015:

Wonderful news!!! Alex Ivanov has become a father!!! Congratulations to Alex and his wife Svetlana!!!


May 01, 2015:

Congratulations to our undergraduate student Evan Miller on his first publication in peer-reviewed journals!!! The article concerning distortions in graphitic carbon nitride material was published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry C (ACS publications)!!!


April 21, 2015:

Our undergraduate student Evan Miller took home not one but two awards at tonight's ceremony: Harris O. and Eleanor Y. Van Orden award in Inorganic Chemistry and the prestigious ACS Inorganic Chemistry Award!!! Congratulations Evan! Well deserved!


April 21, 2015:

Congratulations to Ivan Popov on being awarded the Outstanding Graduate Student in Chemistry Award for his excellent research achievements!!!


April 21, 2015:

Great news!!! Alex Ivanov has won the Marjoririe H. Gardner Teaching Award. This award emphasizes his outstanding work as a teaching assistant at Utah State University. Congratulations!!!


March 23, 2015:

Alexander Ivanov and Ivan Popov presented their research at the 249th ACS National Meeting in Denver, CO.


February 26, 2015:

Alexander Boldyrev has joined the Editorial Board of Scientific Reports (Nature publishing group)

February 23, 2015:

We congratulate our undergraduate student J. Tyler Gish with his 1st publication! The communication is designated as "Hot Paper" by CHEMISTRY - A European Journal. Congratulations, Tyler!!! Great start!!!

February 13, 2015:

Our recent J. Am. Chem. Soc. paper in collaboration with Prof. Li-Ming Yang, Vladimir Bačić, Prof. Thomas Heine, Prof. Thomas Frauenheim and Prof. Eric Ganz has been highlighted in Nanoscience News [University of Cambridge]!!! Congratulations to Ivan Popov, Alex Boldyrev, and our collaborators!!!

February 5, 2015:

Great news!!! Anastassia Alexandrova (Ph.D. from our group, USU, 2005) was unanimously approved to an early promotion (after 4 years) to associate professor with tenure at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, Los Angeles, starting July 1, 2015. Congratulations, Anastassia!!!

January 26, 2015:

Our first work on the chemical bonding in one-dimensional solid-state materials in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. paper in collaboration with Boris B. Averkiev, Alyona A. Starikova, Ruslan M. Minyaev, and Vladimir I. Minkin has been highlighted in Sciencing and Nanoscience News [University of Cambridge]!!! Congratulations to Ivan Popov, Alex Boldyrev, and our collaborators!!!

December 1, 2014:

A new graduate student, Valery Popov has joined Dr. Boldyrev's lab to pursue the Ph. D. degree at USU. Welcome!!!

November 1, 2014:

Dr. Anton Nizovtsev joined our group. Anton is the 1st researcher from Nikolaev Institute of Inorganic Chemistry of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Prof. Boldyrev's lab history. Welcome!

October 13, 2014:

Ivan Popov and Alex Ivanov presented their research at the 19th International Conference on Commercializing Micro- and Nanotechnology COMS|nanoUtah2014

September 22, 2014:

The second International Conference on Chemical Bonding (ICCB 2014) organized by Prof. Alexander Boldyrev and Prof. Anastassia Alexandrova (UCLA) got highlighted in C&EN journal as the cover story!!! Congratulations!!!

July 31, 2014:

Good news! Our proposal CHE-1361413 "Assessing the Potentials of the Adaptive Natural Density Partitioning Methods for Rationalizing Chemical Bonding in Novel Clusters, Solids, Interfaces, and Clusters on Surfaces" has been funded by the NSF Division of Chemistry! This includes a base level of the research support of $110,000 per year (2014 - 2017 years). Congratulations to Prof. Boldyrev and his group!!!

July 29, 2014:

Our group in collaboration with Prof. Anastassia Alexandrova (UCLA) participated in organizing the second International Conference on Chemical Bonding (ICCB 2014) in July 24-28, 2014. The conference brought together about 46 scientists from all over the world who probe and reveal new aspects of chemical bonding. To date, the theory of chemical bonding keeps undergoing its rapid development, but at the same time it still remains a sensuous science, and many chemists have difficulties identifying the origin of chemical bonding with an abstract mathematical function. Thus, the chemical bond will surely remain a source of controversial discussion for many years, and we believe that the conference will bring clarity in many aspects of chemical bonding theory.

Left to right: Ryan Steele, Lai-Sheng Wang, Frank Weinhold, Crystal Valdez, Kit Bowen, Andrey Rogachev, Stefan Vajda, Jun Li, Alexander Ivanov, Ivan Popov, Philippe Hiberti, L.Q. Wang, Natalia Boldyreva, Alexander Boldyrev, Judy Wu, Anastassia Alexandrova, Artem Oganov, Paul Ayers, Alexander Sax, R. Herges, Dan Neumark, Tom Markland, Mark Eberhart, Helmut Schwartz, Dan Tantillo, B. Fokwa, Matthias Wuttig, Peter Schewerdtfeger, John Herbert, Jan Weigand, Benoit Braida, Machael Morse, Valeria Pershina, Juan Nova, Satirix Xantheas, Robert Berger, Tom Dunning, Peter Weber, Ralf Tonner, Christine Isborn, Teresa Head-Gordon

July 11, 2014:

Our recent Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. paper in collaboration with Prof. Zhdankin has been highlighted in Chemistry World!!! Congrats to the team!

June 16, 2014:

Timur Galeev received an offer for a Postdoctoral Associate position from Professor Mark Gerstein at Yale University. Congratulations to Timur! Hurray!! He will join the new lab this September.

June 10, 2014:

Another greatest news in our group!!! Timur Galeev successfully defended his Ph.D.!!! Congrats Dr. Galeev!!

April 22, 2014:

Congratulations to Alexander Ivanov!! Alex wins the Outstanding Graduate Student in Chemistry Award for his excellent research and academic achievements!!

April 22, 2014:

Another great news!!! Timur Galeev collected the Marjorie H. Gardner Teaching Award at the Department Awards Ceremony tonight. This award acknowledges his outstanding work as a teaching assistant. Big congratulations to Timur!!!

April 19, 2014:

The Greatest news in our lab for this year!!! Timur Galeev won the most prestigious trophy - the USU Robins Award in the category "Researcher of the Year 2014"! Now we have five(!) Robins Awards in Alex Boldyrev's group!
Congratulations to both Timur and Alex!

March 4, 2014:

Another highlight of our research! A recent paper by Alexander Ivanov, Prof. Alexander Boldyrev, and Prof. Gernot Frenking (Philipps-Universit??t Marburg) has been highlighted in ChemistryViews. Congratulations to the team!

December 2, 2013:

Timur Galeev won the 2013-2014 College of science PhD Graduate Researcher of the Year Award ! Congrats!!!

October 21 - 25, 2013:

Dr. Boris Averkiev, our former graduate student, visited our group and gave a series of lectures on Crystallographic Space Groups.
Thank you, Boris!

October 23, 2013:

Professor Viktor V. Zhdankin from University of Minnesota Duluth visited our group and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, USU to give a Departmental Seminar entitled "Hypervalent Iodine Chemistry"

September 9, 2013:

Alex Boldyrev was interviewed in Chemical & Engineering News magazine's cover story Trying to Explain a Bond

July 8, 2013:

Alex Boldyrev and Anastassia Alexandrova coorganized the International Conference on Chemical Bonding - 2013 (July 4-8, 2013, Kauai, HI, USA).

Left-to-Right: Jin Zhang, Timur Galeev, Artur Izmaylov, Kirill Kovnir, Alexander Mebel, Scott Anderson, Sharon Hammes-Schiffer, Mathias Weber, Henrik Ottosson, Darrin York, Patrick Bultinck, Mark Saeys, Boniface Fokwa, Louis Bouchard, Dage Sundholm, Anastassia Alexandrova, Alexander Sax, Artem Masunov, Alexander Boldyrev, Steven Wheeler, Frank Weinhold, Kenneth Merz, Dmitry Zubarev, Gernot Frenking, Ivan ernua ??k, Alexandre Tkatchenko, William Hase, Boris Yakobson & Xiaohua Su, Albert Sol?? & Miquel Sol??, Gabriel Merino, Cl??mence Corminboeuf, Thomas Heine (hiding), Kenneth Jordan, Lai-Sheng Wang, Mingfei Zhou (hiding), Vladim??r ` pirko, Jack Simons, Dorian Parker

May 1, 2013:

Another great news!!! Timur Galeev won the School of Graduate Studies Dissertation Fellowship for the 2013-14 Academic Year!

April 22, 2013:

Congratulations to Timur Galeev! Timur won the prestigious Outstanding Graduate Student in Chemistry Award !

April 22, 2013:

Congratulations to Ivan Popov! Ivan won the Award for Early Research Progress in Chemistry !

April 22, 2013:

Congratulations to Alexander Ivanov! Alex won the Award for Early Research Progress in Chemistry !

March 1, 2013:

Alex Boldyrev was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Alumni Award (March 1 - May 30, 2013) to work at Phillips University in Marburg, Germany with Professor Gernot Frenking.

September 1, 2012:

Alex Boldyrev was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship (September 1 - November 30, 2012) to work at Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia with Professor Ivan Černušàk.

August 15, 2012:

Congratulations to Alina Sergeeva and Anastassia Alexandrova (Assistant Professor at University of California, LA)! Their paper on a photodriven molecular wankel in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. was highlighted in Nature Nanotechology!

August 13, 2012:

Congratulations to Alexander Ivanov and Alex Boldyrev! Their recent paper on inorganic double-helices published in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. got highlighted in Chemical & Engineering News!

June 28, 2012:

Congratulations to Edison Osorio (visiting Ph. D. student)!!! Collaboration between Universidad Andres Bello (Santiago, Chile) and Utah State University resulted in a joint article recently published in Chem. Eur. J.

June 21, 2012:

Another great news!!! Alina Sergeeva received and accepted an offer from Professor Honig at Columbia University for a Postdoctoral Position at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics!!! Congratulations to Alina Sergeeva! Hurray!!!!

June 19, 2012:

Congratulations to Alexander Ivanov!!!Alexander excellently defended his Masters dissertation and got Diploma with Honors at Peoples' Friendship University of Russia, Moscow.

May 7, 2012:

Jared Olson has been appointed as Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Utah State University!
Congratulations to Jared!!!

May 4, 2012:

Alina Sergeeva graduated from USU with a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Chemistry! Congratulations to Dr. Alina Sergeeva !!


April 12, 2012:

Congratulations to Alina Sergeeva! Alina won the Marjorie H. Gardner Teaching Award for her outstanding work as a teaching assistant.

March 21, 2012:

Another great news! Our recent paper on aromaticity in graphene published in Nano Research was highlighted in VerticalNews !
Congratulations to Ivan Popov and Alex Boldyrev!

March 21, 2012:

The Editors at The Journal of Chemical Physics facilitate publication of the most innovative and influential articles in the field of Chemical Physics each year. Our paper on all-boron analogues of aromatic hydrocarbons was selected among a few of the many notable JCP articles published in 2011 that present ground-breaking research. Check out the Journal of Chemical Physics Editors' Choice for 2011. Congratulations to Alina, Boris and Alexander!

March 9, 2012:

Congratulations to Alina Sergeeva!!! Alina defendended her Ph.D. dissertation entitled "Rationalizing Structure, Stability, and Chemical Bonding of Pure and Doped Clusters, Isolated and Solvated Multiply Charged Anions, and Solid State Materials."

March 1, 2012:

Congratulations to Alina Sergeeva! Alina has been named the 2011-2012 College of Science Ph.D. Graduate Researcher of the Year!!

February 22, 2012:

Professor Alexander M. Mebel from Florida International University visited our group and gave a Departmental Seminar entitled "Photochemically Induced Cold Synthesis of Complex Organic Molecules on Titan and in the Interstellar Medium"

February 13, 2012:

Another great news! The team's paper was highlighted in Chemical & Engineering News!

February 6, 2012:

Congratulations to Timur Galeev, Alex Boldyrev and the collaborators from Brown University - their Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. paper was also highlighted in Chemistry World!

February 2, 2012:

Our recent paper published in collaboration with the Wang group at Brown was highlighted in Utah State Today! Congratulations to Timur Galeev and Alex Boldyrev!

December 27, 2011:

Ivan Popov published his first paper: Is Graphene Aromatic? in Nano Research. Congratulations!!! This paper is our first publication in a nanoscience focused journal.

October 18, 2011:

Our former graduate student who is now an Assistant Professor at University of California, Los Angeles, Anastassia N. Alexandrova, came to give a departmental seminar entitled: "Artificial Enzymes: catalysis ahead of Nature".


September 8, 2011:

The paper we published in collaboration with Prof. Wang's group, "Valence isoelectronic substitution in the B8 " and B9 " molecular wheels by an Al dopant atom: Umbrella-like structures of AlB7 " and AlB8 "", was featured on the cover of J. Chem. Phys. Congratulations to Timur Galeev with his first cover page!


August 31, 2011:

Congratulations to Alina Sergeeva!
Alina won the American Chemical Society Physical Chemistry Division Outstanding Student Poster Award at the 242nd ACS Meeting, Denver, CO.



August 22, 2011:

Our group welcomes Edison Humberto Osorio Lopez, a visiting Ph. D. student from Universidad Andres Bello, Santiago, Chile.

July 30, 2011:

Two new graduate students, Alexander Ivanov and Ivan Popov, joined the lab to pursue the Ph. D. degree at USU. Welcome!!!

July 7 - 10, 2011:

Skyler Turner from Mountain Crest High School and Philip Cutler from Logan High School were pursuing research projects in our lab during the annual USU High School Summer Internship in Chemistry and Biochemistry

June 3, 2011:

Zachary Piazza, a graduate student from the reseach lab of Professor Wang from Brown Univeristy, has come to visit our group for two months. Welcome!

May 23, 2011:

The paper we published in collaboration with Prof. Merino, Prof. Heine, Prof. Ugalde and Gerardo Mart??nez-Guajardo, "Unravelling phenomenon of internal rotation in B13+ through chemical bonding analysis", is on the cover of Chemical Communications (Issue 22, 2011, 47, 6244-6246). Congratulations to Alina Sergeeva with her first cover page!


May 6, 2011:

Congratulations to Jared Olson on graduation from USU with a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Chemistry!!!


April 25, 2011:

Congratulations to Alina Sergeeva on being awarded the Outstanding Graduate Student in Chemistry Award!

April 25, 2011:

Congratulations to Timur Galeev for winning the Award for Early Research Progress in Chemistry!

April 14, 2011:

Congratulations to Alina Sergeeva on being awarded the School of Graduate Studies Dissertation Fellowship for the 2011-12 Academic Year!

April 12, 2011:

Congratulations to Timur Galeev and Alexander Ivanov (an upcoming graduate student, who is to join our lab in Fall'12) on getting published their first article from Utah State University.

April 9, 2011:

Congratulations to Nancy Perez Peralta with her interview for a faculty position at Facultad de Quimica, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico.

February 1, 2011:

Nancy Perez Peralta joined our group. Nancy is the 1st postdoctoral associate in Prof. Boldyrev's lab history. She got the CONACYT Scholarship (Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia or The National Council on Science and Technology) No. 148014, which supports her postdoctoral research. Welcome!

January 28, 2011:

Congratulations to Jared Olson. His recently published article appeared on the cover page of Chemical Physics journal.

December 9, 2010:

Congratulations to Jared Olson!!! He defended his Ph.D. dissertation entitled:
"Ab initio Search for Novel BxHy Building Blocks with Potential for Hydrogen Storage"