Keith Stevenson

Provost , Full Professor, Dean of Research, Director of the Skoltech Center for Electrochemical Energy Storage

Keith Stevenson joined Skoltech in July 2014 and took charge of the CREI on Electrochemical Energy Storage with over 26 years of experience.

Keith Stevenson received his PhD in 1997 from the University of Utah. Subsequently, he held a postdoctoral appointment at Northwestern University (1997-2000) and a professorial appointment from 2000 at the University of Texas at Austin, a top ranking university (25th in world, 12th in US Chemistry Departments, and 5th in Analytical Chemistry specialization).

Prior to joining Skoltech, Keith served as a scientific thrust leader in Electrochemical Energy Storage on a $15 million Department of Energy Frontier Research Center, as director of the $38 million Center for Nano and Molecular Science and Technology (CNM), and on the steering board for the Texas Materials Institute (TMI).

Stevenson has been extremely innovative in pursuing major research and educational initiatives in nanomaterials and nanotechnology areas. This includes serving as the Faculty Advisor for the CNM’s Doctoral Portfolio Program that has produced a successful cadre of more than 120 well-trained scientists and engineers from 14 different academic departments since its inception in 2002. He also managed several shared instrumentation facilities that house over $20 million worth of state-of-the-art equipment, including over $4 million of resources acquired through US federal funds and private foundation grants. On the educational side, he was the state director of the Welch Foundation Summer Scholar Program (2008-2014), which funds summer research activities for high school students across the state of Texas with over 1600 students served. He is also one of three founding faculty members of UT-Austin’s federally funded Undergraduate Freshman Research Initiative. As of now, over 400 undergraduate students have performed research and published their work under his direction in the area of nanomaterials for catalysis.

Keith Stevenson’s research interests are aimed at elucidating and controlling chemistry at solid/liquid interfaces vital to many emerging energy storage and energy conversion technologies. He is a recipient of a NSF CAREER award (2002), the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools New Scholar Award (2004), the Society of Electroanalytical Chemistry Young Investigator Award (2006), and a Kavli Fellow (2012).  Keith is a member of the American Chemical Society, the Electrochemical Society, the Society for Electroanalytical Chemistry, and the Materials Research Society.