Lev Sarkisov

Lev Sarkisov


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Lev.Sarkisov "@" manchester.ac.uk


Sarkisov research group at the University of Manchester is dedicated to advancing various technologies such as carbon capture, sensing, drug delivery, batteries, and energy storage. Our focus lies in the development of unique porous materials that drive innovation in these fields. We aim to accelerate the discovery and deployment of these materials to solve complex engineering challenges by studying adsorption and transport phenomena across different scales. To achieve this, we use a multiscale digital discovery workflow that integrates techniques from statistical mechanics, molecular simulation, process modelling, and ML models. Our team is committed to ensuring full reproducibility of our research, and we make our software open-source to facilitate collaboration with researchers worldwide.

Our recent publications include:

  • Moosavi, M.S; Novotny, B; Ongari, D; Moubarak, E; Asgari, M; Kadioglu, O; Charalambous, C.; Guerrero, A., Farmahini, A. H.; Sarkisov, L.; Garcia, S.; Noé, F.; Smit, B., “A Data-Science Approach to Predict the Heat Capacity of Nanoporous Materials.” Nature Materials, 2022, 21, 1419–1425
  • Farmahini, A. H.;  Krishnamurthy, S.;  Friedrich, D.;  Brandani, S.; Sarkisov, L., “Performance-Based Screening of Porous Materials for Carbon Capture." Chemical Reviews, 2021, 121 (17), 10666-10741
  • Sarkisov, L.; Bueno-Perez, R.;  Sutharson, M.; Fairen-Jimenez, D., “Materials Informatics with PoreBlazer v4.0 and the CSD MOF Database”, Chemistry of Materials 2020, 32 (23), 9849-9867

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Lev.Sarkisov “AT” manchester.ac.uk


"Lev Sarkisov is a Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Manchester, holding a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, obtained in 2001. His academic career includes roles such as Head of the Chemical Engineering Department at Manchester (2020-2022) and, before that, various positions at the University of Edinburgh, including Professor, Chair in Molecular Thermodynamics, Director of the Discipline of Chemical Engineering (2018-2019), and Director of the MSc program in Advanced Chemical Engineering (2016-2018).

His postdoctoral work includes research at Yale University (2003-2005) and Northwestern University (2001-2003). He was awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering and Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship in 2013, and spent several months as a Visiting Researcher at the University of California, Berkeley. As the head of the Department at the University of Manchester, he helped to secure a £1M grant from the Wolfson Foundation for sustainable engineering in 2022.

Prof. Sarkisov has contributed to major journals such as Nature Materials, PRL, Chemical Reviews and Energy and Environmental Science. An award-winning educator, he has been recognized for his innovative teaching approach in Chemical Engineering courses, receiving the Edinburgh University Student Union Teaching Award in 2019.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

Areas of expertise

  • TP Chemical technology
  • Adsorption
  • Thermodynamics
  • Machine Learning
  • Molecular Simulation
  • Carbon capture
  • Material informatics
  • Material design
  • Chemical Engineering

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Advanced materials
  • Energy


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