After acquiring his Ph.D. in chemistry and materials science from Tokyo Institute of Technology in 2004, Dr. Naumov continued his research as an independent research fellow of the National Institute for Materials Science in Japan. There he established a new laboratory for the study of solid phenomena, while simultaneously performing research at two Japanese synchrotrons. In 2007, he was appointed as Associate Professor at Osaka University, where he established a second, new laboratory for solid-state chemistry, and led a small but very active research group.
Research in Dr. Naumov’s group is in the domain of structural, solid-state and physical chemistry, and photochemistry. In the past few years, he has been focusing on the development of new, frontier, diffraction-based methods for the study of reaction mechanisms in the solid state. Dr. Naumov is particularly interested in direct observation of metastable and unstable molecular intermediates, states and phases, as well as in exotic molecules and transient structures. In the past, the group has successfully applied these methods to study and explain numerous fundamental physico-chemical phenomena.