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Alexey Cherevan


Dr. Alexey Cherevan

Current research

Alexey’s research interests revolve around materials chemistry and involve a variety of functional nanostructured inorganic materials including semiconductors, organic-inorganic hybrids, nanocarbon and ceramics as well as molecular compounds including polyoxometalates, polythiometalates and transition metal complexes relevant to a variety of energy-related applications.

More recently, his interest has shifted towards a combination of heterogeneous and homogeneous fields of photocatalysis where he tries to combine advantages of solid-state oxide photocatalysts such as stability and robustness with high selectivity and flexibility of molecular-sized artificial homogeneous systems.

He is currently involved in the following MMC group projects:





Alexey received his Master Degree in Physical Chemistry (2010) from Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia. One year later he was awarded with a PhD fellowship from the International NRW Graduate School of Chemistry and moved to the University of Münster, Germany to start his PhD in the field of nanocarbon-inorganic hybrid materials for photocatalysis. In 2014 he received his Doctor of Natural Sciences Degree with Summa Cum Laude distinction. He then moved to Vienna University of Technology, Austria (2015) where until now he works in the group of Molecular Materials Chemistry as a junior group leader pursuing his habilitation.


29. Surface-anchoring and active sites of [Mo3S13]2- clusters as co-catalysts for photocatalytic  hydrogen evolution

S. Batool, S. Nandan, S. Myakala, A. Rajagopal, J. Schubert, P. Ayala, S. Naghdi, H. Saito, J. Bernardi,          C. Streb, Alexey Cherevan* and D. Eder 

ACS Catalysis, 2022, just accepted

28. Selective ligand removal to improve accessibility of active sites in hierarchical MOFs for heterogeneous photocatalysis

S. Naghdi, Alexey Cherevan, A. Giesriegl, R. Guillet-Nicolas, S. Biswas, T. Gupta, J. Wang, T. Haunold, B. Bayer, G. Rupprechter, M. Caspary Toroker, F. Kleitz, D. Eder 

Nature Communications, 2022, 13, 282 | DOI: 10.1038/s41467-021-27775-7

27. Layered double hydroxide (LDH)-based materials: A mini-review on strategies to improve the performance for photocatalytic water splitting

H. Boumeriame, E. D. Silva, Alexey Cherevan, T. Chafik, J. Faria, D. Eder  

Journal of Energy Chemistry, 2022, 64, 406-431 | DOI: 10.1016/j.jechem.2021.04.050

26. Elucidating the formation and active state of Cu co-catalysts for photocatalytic hydrogen evolution

J. Schubert, L. Kalantari, A. Lechner, A. Giesriegl, S. Nandan, P. Ayala, S. Kashiwaya, M. Sauer, A. Foelske, J. Rosen, P. Blaha, Alexey Cherevan* and D. Eder* 

Journal of Materials Chemistry A2021, 9, 21958-21971 | DOI: 10.1039/D1TA05561E 

25. Isolation strategy towards earth-abundant single-site co-catalysts for photocatalytic hydrogen evolution reaction

P. Ayala, A. Giesriegl, S. Nandan, S. Myakala, P. Wobrauschek and Alexey Cherevan* 

Catalysts, 2021, 11 (4), 417 | DOI: 10.3390/catal11040417

24. Phosphate‐Templated Encapsulation of a {CoII4O4} Cubane in Germanotungstates as Carbon‐Free Homogeneous Water Oxidation Photocatalysts

E. Al‐Sayed, S. P. Nandan, E. Tanuhadi, G. Giester, M. Arrigoni, G. Madsen, Alexey Cherevan, D. Eder, A. Rompel

ChemSusChem,  2021, 14 (12), 2529 | DOI: 10.1002/cssc.202100506

23. Samarium‐Doped Nickel Oxide for Superior Inverted Perovskite Solar Cells: Insight into Doping Effect for Electronic Applications

H. Bao, M. Du, H. Wang, K. Wang, X. Zuo, F. Liu, L. Liu, D. Eder, Alexey Cherevan, S. Wang, L. Wan, S.Zhao and S. Liu

Advanced Functional Materials, 2021, 21022452 | DOI: 10.1002/adfm.202102452

22. Hybrid carbon spherogels: carbon encapsulation of nano-titania

M. Salihovic, J. Schoiber, Alexey Cherevan, C. Rameshan, G. Fritz-Popovski, M. Ulbricht, S. Arnold, V. Presser, O. Paris, M. Musso, N. Hüsing, M. S. Elsaesser 

Chemical Communications2021, 57, 32, 3905 | DOI: 10.1039/D1CC00697E

21. Ti-based MOFs: New insights on the impact of ligand composition and hole scavengers on stability, charge separation and photocatalytic hydrogen evolution

J. Wang, Alexey Cherevan, C. Hannecart, S. Naghdi, S. P. Nandan, T. Gupta and D. Eder

Applied Catalysis B: Environmental2021, 283, 119626 | DOI: 10.1016/j.apcatb.2020.119626

20. Polyoxometalates on Functional Substrates: Concepts, Synergies, and Future Perspectives

Alexey Cherevan*, S. P. Nandan,  I. Roger,  R. Liu,  C. Streb* and D. Eder*

Advanced Science2020 | DOI: 10.1002/advs.201903511

19. Immobilization of Co, Mn, Ni and Fe oxide co-catalysts on TiO2 for photocatalytic water splitting reactions

J. Schubert, J. Popovic, G. Haselmann, S. Nandan, J.Wang, A. Giesriegl, Alexey Cherevan* and D. Eder*

Journal of Materials Chemistry A2019, 7, 18568-18579 | DOI: 10.1039/C9TA05637H


18. Femtosecond laser-assisted synthesis of Ni/Au BONs in various alcoholic solvents

N. Lasemi, C. Rentenberger, R. Pospichal, Alexey Cherevan, M. Pfaffeneder-Kmen, G. Liedl, D. Eder

Applied Physics A2019, 125, 8, 544 | DOI: 10.1007/s00339-019-2826-z 

17. Mesoporous Semiconductors: A New Model To Assess Accessible Surface Area and Increased Photocatalytic Activity?

Alexey Cherevan*, L. Deilmann, T. Weller, D. Eder*, R. Marschall*

ACS Applied Energy Materials2018, 1 (11), 5787-5799 | DOI: 10.1021/acsaem.8b01123

As accepted article version free to download: [link], [pdf]

16. Ordered Mesoporous TiO₂ gyroids: Effects of Pore Architecture and Nb doping on Photocatalytic Hydrogen Evolution under UV and VIS irradiation

T. Dörr, L. Deilmann, G. Haselmann, Alexey Cherevan, P. Zhang, P. Blaha, P. Oliveira, T. Kraus and D. Eder

Advanced Energy Materials2018, 8 (36) | DOI: 10.1002/aenm.201802566

15. A crystalline and 3D periodically ordered mesoporous quaternary semiconductor for photocatalytic hydrogen generation

T. Weller, L. Deilmann, J. Timm, T. S. Dörr, P. A. Beaucage, Alexey Cherevan, U. B. Wiesner, D. Eder and R. Marschall

Nanoscale2018, 10, 3225–3234 | DOI: 10.1039/C7NR09251B

14. Beware of Doping: Ta₂O₅ Nanotube Photocatalyst Using CNTs as Hard Templates

Alexey Cherevan*, P. Gebhardt, A. Kunzmann, R. D. Costa and D. Eder*

ACS Applied Energy Materials2018, 1 (3) | 1259-1267, DOI: 10.1021/acsaem.8b00006

As accepted article version free to download: [link], [pdf]

13. How to Evaluate and Manipulate Charge Transfer and Photocatalytic Response at Hybrid Nanocarbon–Metal Oxide Interfaces

N. Kemnade, P. Gebhardt, G. M. Haselmann, Alexey Cherevan, G. Wilde and D. Eder

Advanced Functional Materials2018, 28, 1704730 | DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201704730

12. Large area photoelectrodes based on hybrids of CNT fibres and ALD-grown TiO₂

A. Moya, N. Kemnade, M. R. Osorio, Alexey Cherevan, D. Granados, D. Ederand J. J. Vilatela

J. Mater. Chem. A2017, 5, 24695–24706 | DOI: 10.1039/C7TA08074C

11. Growth mechanism and electrochemical properties of hierarchical hollow SnO₂ microspheres with a “chestnut” morphology

Hu, L.Wu, P. Gebhardt, X. Zhang, Alexey Cherevan, B. Gerke, R. Pöttgen, A. Balducci, S. Passerini and D. Eder

CrystEngComm.2017, 19, 6454–6463 | DOI: 10.1039/C7CE01288H

10. Growth, structure and stability of sputter-deposited MoS₂ thin films

R. Kaindl, B. Bayer, R. Resel, T. Müller, V. Skakalova, G. Habler, R. Abart, Alexey Cherevan, D. Eder, M.Blatter, F. Fischer,  J. Meyer, D. Polyushkin, and W. Waldhauser

Beilstein J. Nanotechnol.2017, 8, 1115–1126 | DOI: 10.3762/bjnano.8.113

9. Ordered Gyroidal Tantalum Oxide Photocatalysts: Eliminating Diffusion Limitations and Tuning Surface Barriers

Alexey Cherevan, S. Robbins, D. Dieterle, P. Gebhardt, U. Wiesner, and D. Eder

Nanoscale2016, 8, 16694–16701 | DOI: 10.1039/C6NR04430A

8. Dual Excitation Transient Photocurrent Measurement for Charge Transfer Studies in Nanocarbon Hybrids and Composites

Alexey Cherevan* and D. Eder*

Advanced Materials Interfaces2016, 3, 1600244 | DOI: 10.1039/C6NR04430A

As accepted article version free to download: [link], [pdf]

7. Oxygen vacancies and interfaces enhancing photocatalytic hydrogen production in mesoporous CNT/TiO2 hybrids

A. Moya, Alexey Cherevan, S. Marchesan, P. Gebhardt, M. Prato, D. Eder and J. Vilatela

Applied Catalysis B: Environmental2015, 179, 574-582 | DOI: 10.1016/j.apcatb.2015.05.052

6. Non-destructive Functionalisation for Atomic Layer Deposition of Metal Oxides on Carbon Nanotubes: Effect of Linking Agents and Defects

N. Kemnade, C. J. Shearer, D. J. Dieterle,  Alexey Cherevan, P. Gebhardt, G. Wilde, D. Eder

Nanoscale2015, 7, 3028-3034 | DOI: 10.1039/C4NR04615C

5. Application and Future Challenges of Functional Nanocarbon Hybrids

C. J. Shearer, Alexey Cherevan, D. Eder

Advanced Materials2014, 26, (15), 2295-2318 | DOI: 10.1002/adma.201305254

4. Interface Engineering in Nanocarbon–Ta₂O₅ Hybrid Photocatalysts

Alexey Cherevan, P. Gebhardt, C. J. Shearer, M. Matsukawa, K. Domen and D. Eder

Energy & Environmental Science2014, 7, 791-796 | DOI: 10.1039/C3EE42558D

3. Effects of synthesis conditions and the mechanism of homopolymerization of acrylonitrile on the thermal behavior of the resulting polymer

E. V. Chernikova, Z. A. Poteryaeva, A. V. Shlyakhtin, N. I. Prokopov, A. Y. Gervald, A. Y. Nikolaev, V. R. Duflot, E. A. Dubova, Y. V. Kostina, A. S. Rodionov, M. N. Efimov, Alexey Cherevan, G. N. Bondarenko

Polym. Sci. Ser. B2013, 55, 1–13 | DOI: 10.1134/S1560090412110012

2. Solvent effect in the formation of polyconjugated system during pyrolysis of polyacrylonitrile

Alexey Cherevan, Y. V. Kostina and G. N. Bondarenko
Russ Chem Bull2012, 61, 259-263 | DOI: 10.1007/s11172-012-0037-2


1. Controlled synthesis of polyacrylonitrile via reversible addition-fragmentation chain-transfer pseudoliving radical polymerization and its thermal behavior

E. V. Chernikova, Z. A. Poteryaeva, S. S. Belyaev, I. E. Nifant’ev, A. V. Shlyakhtin, Yu. V. Kostina,                    Alexey Cherevan, M. N. Efimov, G. N. Bondarenko, E. V. Sivtsov

Polym. Sci. Ser. B, 2011, 53, 391, | DOI: 10.1134/S1560090411070013

Book chapters

  1. Alexey Cherevan, P. Gebhardt, C. Shearer, D. Eder
    “Nanocarbon Hybrid Materials”, book chapter in “Carbon Nanomaterials Sourcebook”
    CRC Press, 2016.


  2. C. Shearer, Alexey Cherevan, D. Eder
    “Application of Functional Hybrids Incorporating Carbon Nanotubes or Graphene”, book chapter in “Carbon Nanotubes and Graphene”
    Elsevier, 2014.

Conferences and Talks (selected)

  1. 5th International Conference on Energy Materials and Nanotechnology (ICEMN2021), Hubei, China, 22-24.10.2021. Oral Invited presentation: "Towards a Rational Combination of Heterogeneous and Homogeneous Photocatalysis".

  2. Invited Seminar talk at the University of Vienna, group of Prof. Leticia González on 19.10.2021.

  3. Highlight talk "Towards a rational combination of heterogeneous and homogeneous photocatalysis" at the EUROMAT2021 conference held online between 13-17.09.2021.

  4. Invited to deliver a TED Talk on “Artificial photosynthesis: learning from nature, re-creating in the lab“ at the TEDx TUWien Event 2020 held in Vienna on 31.10.2020. The talk is available on youtube.

  5. Invited talk at the "Seminar for Physical Chemistry and Materials Chemistry" at the University of Vienna, 02.06.2021.

  6. 8th International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICONN 2020), Brisbane, Australia,  9-13.02.2020. Oral presentation: ”Understanding the formation and dynamic nature of non-noble-metal oxide co-catalysts for photocatalytic water splitting reactions”

  7. 7th International Conference on Semiconductor Photochemistry (SP7), Milan, Italy, 11-14.09.2019. Oral presentation: ”Towards non-noble-metal oxide co-catalysts for photocatalytic water splitting reactions”.

  8. Europe-Korea Conference on Science and Technology 2019 (EKC2019), Vienna, Austria, 15-19.07.2019. Oral Invited presentation: “State-of-the-art, challenges and prospects of heterogeneous photocatalysis”.​

  9. 2018 Annual Nanotechnology Conference, Vienna, Austria, 03-05.09.2018. Oral Invited presentation: “Bridging hetero- and homogeneous photocatalysis: anchoring of Ru-based water oxidation catalyst on CNT-metal oxide hybrid for overall water splitting”.

  10. 22nd international conference on photochemical conversion and storage of solar energy (IPS-22), Hefei, China, 29.07-03.08.2018. Oral Invited presentation: “Non-covalent wiring of CNT-metal oxide hybrid with Ru-based water oxidation catalyst for overall water splitting”. Austrian Research Association (ÖFG) travel award.

  11. 13th International Conference on Materials Chemistry (MC13), Liverpool, UK, 10-13.07.2017. Oral presentation: “Interfacial charge transfer in nanocarbon-inorganic hybrid photocatalysts”

  12. Seventeenth International Conference on the Science and Application of Nanotubes and Low-dimensional Materials (NT16), Vienna, Austria, 7-13.08.2016. Oral presentation: “Nature and extent of energy/charge transfer at the nanocarbon-metal oxide interface”

  13. 21st international conference on photochemical conversion and storage of solar energy (IPS-21), St. Petersburg, Russia, 25-29.07.2016. Oral presentation: “Interfacial charge transfer in nanocarbon-inorganic hybrid photocatalysts”. ÖFG travel award.

  14. 9th European meeting on Solar Chemistry and Photocatalysis: Environmental Applications (SPEA9), Strasbourg, France, 13-17.06.2016. Oral presentation: “Crystalline, mesoporous tantalum oxide with large accessible pores for co-catalyst-free photocatalytic hydrogen evolution”.

  15. 9th Workshop Anorganische Chemie in Österreich (WACÖ2016), Vienna, Austria, 21-22.03.2016. Oral presentation: “Mesostructured tantalum oxides for co-catalyst free photocatalytic hydrogen evolution”.

  16. European Congress and Exhibition on Advanced Materials and Processes (EUROMAT), Warsaw, Poland, 20-24.09.2015. Oral presentation: “Nanocarbon hybrids for photocatalytic water splitting hydrogen generation: proof of charge transfer”

  17. International Conference on Materials Chemistry (MC12), York, UK, 20-23.07.2015. Poster presentation: “Nanocarbon-inorganic hybrids: Next-generation materials for photocatalytic applications”. Nanoscale Horizons poster prize.

  18. 1st International Conference on Nanostructured Materials (NANO), Moscow, Russia, 13-18.07.2014. Oral presentation: “Nanocarbon-inorganic hybrids: Next-generation materials for photocatalytic applications”.

  19. European Congress on Catalysis (EUROPACAT), Lyon, France, 01-06.09.2013. Poster presentation: “CNTs-Ta2O5 hybrids for photocatalytic water splitting hydrogen production”.

  20. International Conference on Materials for Energy (EnMatII), Karlsruhe, Germany, 12-16.05.2013. Poster presentation: “Nanocarbon-inorganic hybrids for photocatalytic water splitting hydrogen production”.

  21. International Congress of Catalysis (ICC2012), Münich, Germany, 01-06.07.2012. Poster presentation: “Nanocarbon-metal oxide hybrids for photocatalytic hydrogen production”.

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