Pance Naumov, Associate Professor of Chemistry, NYUAD
Pance Naumov, Associate Professor of Chemistry, NYUAD

Pance Naumov

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi



Dr. Naumov is a native of Macedonia, where he was educated and worked shortly at the institute of Chemistry, Sts Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje. 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 (NIMS) 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. After a short stint at Kyoto University, in 2012 he joined New York University, where he is now an Associate Professor in the campus in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

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 smart materials, crystals with unusual properties, biomimetic materials, exotic molecules, and transient structures. In the past, the group has successfully applied these methods to study and explain numerous fundamental physicochemical phenomena. The most recent research endeavor of Naumov’s research group is basic research in the chemistry of oil (petroleomics).

Selected Recent Publications

Spatially Resolved Analysis of Short-Range Structure Perturbations in a Plastically Bent Molecular Crystal. Panda, Manas K.; Ghosh, Soumyajit; Yasuda, Nobuhiro; Moriwaki, Taro; Dev Mukherjee, Goutam; Reddy, Malla C.*; Naumov, Panče*, Nature Chemistry (2015) 7, 65—72.

Crystallographic Snapshots of the Interplay between Reactive Guest and Host Molecules in a Porous Coordination Polymer: Stereochemical Coupling and Feedback Mechanism of Three Photoactive Centers Triggered by UV-Induced Isomerization, Dimerization, and Polymerization Reactions, Yang, Shi-Yao;* Deng, Xi-Ling; Jin, Rui-Fang; Naumov, Panče;* Panda, Manas K.; Huang, Rong-Bin; Sheng, Lan-Sun; Teo, Boon K., Journal of the American Chemical Society (2014) 136, 558—561.

Colossal Positive and Negative Thermal Expansion and Thermosalient Effect in a Pentamorphic Organometallic Martensite, Panda, Manas K.; Runčevski, Tomče;* Sahoo, Subash C.; Belik, Alexei, A.; Nath, Naba K.; Dinnebier, Robert E.; Naumov, Panče *, Nature Communications (2014) 5, 4811, doi: 10.1038/ncomms5811

Why is Firefly Oxyluciferin a Notoriously Labile Substance?, Maltsev, Oleg, M.; Nath, Naba K.; Naumov, Panče*, Hintermann, Lukas*, Angewandte Chemie, International Edition (2013) 53, 847—850.

Biomimetic Crystalline Actuators: Structure−Kinematic Aspects of the Self-Actuation and Motility of Thermosalient Crystals, Sahoo, Chandra, Subash; Panda, Manas K.; Nath, Naba K.; Naumov, Panče*, Journal of the American Chemical Society 2013) 135, 12241—12251.

Dynamic Single Crystals: Kinematic Analysis of Photoinduced Crystal Jumping (The Photosalient Effect)
Naumov, Panče*, Sahoo, Chandra, Subash; Zakharov, Boris A.; Boldyreva, Elena V.,*Angewandte Chemie, International Edition (2013) 52, 9990—9995.

Making the Golden Connection: Reversible Mechanochemical and Vapochemical Switching of Luminescence from Bimetallic Gold—Silver Clusters Associated through Aurophilic Interactions, Lasanta, Tania; Olmos, M. Elena; Laguna, Antonio; López-de-Luzuriaga, Jóse M.,* Naumov, Panče*, Journal of the American Chemical Society (2011) 133, 16358—16361.


Dr. Naumov was awarded a fellowship by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to conduct research in Germany.