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).