Alexandrova group publishes top cited catalysis paper

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Article by Anastassia Alexandrova and Borna Zandkarimi (PhD ’20) is one of five top cited Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters catalysis papers.

Their highly cited paper titled “Dynamics of Subnanometer Pt Clusters Can Break the Scaling Relationships in Catalysis” was published in the January 19, 2020 issue of

The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters


A professor of chemistry and biochemistry and Vice Chair for Undergraduate Education, Alexandrova’s laboratory focuses on computational and theoretical design and multi-scale description of new materials. Her recent awards and honors include the ACS PHYS 2020 Early-Career Award in Theoretical Chemistry, the 2019 UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award and the 2018 UCLA Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentor Award. To learn more about Alexandrova’s research, visit her group’s website

Zandkarimi%2BBorna SmallDr. Borna Zandkarimi received his Ph.D. in chemistry at UCLA in 2020 under the direction of Alexandrova. He obtained his M.S. in 2017 from the University of Minnesota, and a double B.S. degree in chemistry and chemical engineering from Sharif University of Technology in Iran. Zandkarimi’s awards and honors include a 2020 UCLA Dissertation Year Fellowship and a 2019 UCLA George Gregory Fellowship. He is currently conducting research in the Alexandrova lab.  

Penny Jennings, UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry,