2018 International Precious Metals Institute (IPMI) Student Award

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PhD student Kent Kirlikovali (Spokoyny group) has been selected for a 2018 IPMI Student Award.

The award recognizes excellence and achievement in the field of precious metals.  Kirlikovali will receive the award and present his research at the IPMI Annual International Conference in June in San Antonio, Texas.

Working in the laboratory of chemistry Professor Alexander Spokoyny at UCLA, Kirlikovali’s research focuses on the development of phosphorescent Pt(II) and Ir(III) complexes featuring carborane-based ligands.

Kirlikovali received a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Southern California (USC) in 2014. While at USC, he conducted research in the lab of Professor Mark E. Thompson where he studied zinc dipyrrin complexes and probed their use in organic photovoltaic devices. He joined Professor Spokoyny’s lab in the Fall 2014.