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:


Researcher ID: J-9578-2017


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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.


  1. J. Schubert, J. Popovic, G. Haselmann, S. Nandan, J.Wang, A. Giesriegl, A. S. Cherevan* and D. Eder*
    Immobilization of Co, Mn, Ni and Fe oxide co-catalysts on TiO2 for photocatalytic water splitting reactions
    J. Mater. Chem. A, 2019, 7, 18568-18579, DOI: 10.1039/C9TA05637H


  2. A. Cherevan*, L. Deilmann, T. Weller, D. Eder*, R. Marschall*
    Mesoporous Semiconductors: A New Model To Assess Accessible Surface Area and Increased Photocatalytic Activity?
    ACS Applied Energy Materials, 2018, 1 (11), 5787-5799, DOI: 10.1021/acsaem.8b01123


  3. T. Dörr, L. Deilmann, G. Haselmann, A. Cherevan , P. Zhang, P. Blaha, P. Oliveira, T. Kraus and D. Eder
    Ordered Mesoporous TiO₂ gyroids: Effects of Pore Architecture and Nb doping on Photocatalytic Hydrogen Evolution under UV and VIS irradiation
    Advanced Energy Materials, 2018, 8 (36), DOI: 10.1002/aenm.201802566


  4. T. Weller, L. Deilmann, J. Timm, T. S. Dörr, P. A. Beaucage, A. S. Cherevan, U. B. Wiesner, D. Eder and R. Marschall
    A crystalline and 3D periodically ordered mesoporous quaternary semiconductor for photocatalytic hydrogen generation
    Nanoscale, 2018, 10, 3225–3234, DOI: 10.1039/C7NR09251B


  5. A. Cherevan*, P. Gebhardt, A. Kunzmann, R. D. Costa and D. Eder*
    Beware of Doping: Ta₂O₅ Nanotube Photocatalyst Using CNTs as Hard Templates
    ACS Applied Energy Materials, 2018, 1 (3), 1259-1267, DOI: 10.1021/acsaem.8b00006


  6. N. Kemnade, P. Gebhardt, G. M. Haselmann, A. S. Cherevan, G. Wilde and D. Eder
    How to Evaluate and Manipulate Charge Transfer and Photocatalytic Response at Hybrid Nanocarbon–Metal Oxide Interfaces
    Advanced Functional Materials, 2018, 28, 1704730, DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201704730


  7. A. Moya, N. Kemnade, M. R. Osorio, A. Cherevan, D. Granados, D. Ederand J. J. Vilatela
    Large area photoelectrodes based on hybrids of CNT fibres and ALD-grown TiO₂
    J. Mater. Chem. A, 2017, 5, 24695–24706, DOI: 10.1039/C7TA08074C


  8. H. Hu, L.Wu, P. Gebhardt, X. Zhang, A. S. Cherevan, B. Gerke, R. Pöttgen, A. Balducci, S. Passerini and D. Eder
    Growth mechanism and electrochemical properties of hierarchical hollow SnO₂ microspheres with a “chestnut” morphology
    CrystEngComm., 2017, 19, 6454–6463, DOI: 10.1039/C7CE01288H


  9. R. Kaindl, B. Bayer, R. Resel, T. Müller, V. Skakalova, G. Habler, R. Abart, A. S. Cherevan, D. Eder, M.Blatter, F. Fischer,  J. Meyer, D. Polyushkin, and W. Waldhauser
    Growth, structure and stability of sputter-deposited MoS₂ thin films
    Beilstein J. Nanotechnol., 2017, 8, 1115–1126, DOI: 10.3762/bjnano.8.113


  10. A. S. Cherevan, S. Robbins, D. Dieterle, P. Gebhardt, U. Wiesner, and D. Eder
    Ordered Gyroidal Tantalum Oxide Photocatalysts: Eliminating Diffusion Limitations and Tuning Surface Barriers
    Nanoscale, 2016, 8, 16694–16701, DOI:


  11. A. S. Cherevan* and D. Eder*
    Dual Excitation Transient Photocurrent Measurement for Charge Transfer Studies in Nanocarbon Hybrids and Composites
    Advanced Materials Interfaces, 2016, 3, 1600244, DOI: 10.1039/C6NR04430A


  12. A. Moya, A. S. Cherevan, S. Marchesan, P. Gebhardt, M. Prato, D. Eder and J. Vilatela
    Oxygen vacancies and interfaces enhancing photocatalytic hydrogen production in mesoporous CNT/TiO2 hybrids
    Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 2015, 179, 574-582, DOI: 10.1016/j.apcatb.2015.05.052


  13. N. Kemnade, C. J. Shearer, D. J. Dieterle,  A. S. Cherevan, P. Gebhardt, G. Wilde, D. Eder
    Non-destructive Functionalisation for Atomic Layer Deposition of Metal Oxides on Carbon Nanotubes: Effect of Linking Agents and Defects
    Nanoscale, 2015, 7, 3028-3034, DOI: 10.1039/C4NR04615C


  14. C. J. Shearer, A. S. Cherevan, D. Eder
    Application and Future Challenges of Functional Nanocarbon Hybrids
    Advanced Materials, 2014, 26, (15), 2295-2318 DOI: 10.1002/adma.201305254


  15. A. S. Cherevan, P. Gebhardt, C. J. Shearer, M. Matsukawa, K. Domen and D. Eder
    Interface Engineering in Nanocarbon–Ta₂O₅ Hybrid Photocatalysts
    Energy & Environmental Science, 2014, 7, 791-796, DOI: 10.1039/C3EE42558D


  16. 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, A. S. Cherevan, G. N. Bondarenko
    Effects of synthesis conditions and the mechanism of homopolymerization of acrylonitrile on the thermal behavior of the resulting polymer
    Polym. Sci. Ser. B, 2013, 55, 1–13, DOI: 10.1134/S1560090412110012


  17. A. S. Cherevan, Y. V. Kostina and G. N. Bondarenko
    Solvent effect in the formation of polyconjugated system during pyrolysis of polyacrylonitrile
    Russ Chem Bull, 2012, 61, 259-263, DOI: 10.1007/s11172-012-0037-2


  18. E. V. Chernikova, Z. A. Poteryaeva, S. S. Belyaev, I. E. Nifant’ev, A. V. Shlyakhtin, Yu. V. Kostina, A. S. Cherevan, M. N. Efimov, G. N. Bondarenko, E. V. Sivtsov
    Controlled synthesis of polyacrylonitrile via reversible addition-fragmentation chain-transfer pseudoliving radical polymerization and its thermal behavior
    Polym. Sci. Ser. B, 2011, 53, 391, DOI: 10.1134/S1560090411070013


Book chapters

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


  2. J. Shearer, A. S. 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. 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”.​

  2. 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”.

  3. 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”

  4. 13th International Conference on Materials Chemistry (MC13), Liverpool, UK, 10-13.07.2017. Oral presentation: “Interfacial charge transfer in nanocarbon-inorganic hybrid photocatalysts”

  5. 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”

  6. 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”

  7. 1st International Conference on Nanostructured Materials (NANO), Moscow, Russia, 13-18.07.2014. Oral presentation: “Nanocarbon-inorganic hybrids: Next-generation materials for photocatalytic applications”.