Richard Kaner


Richard B. Kaner

Distinguished Professor
Dr. Myung Ki Hong Endowed Chair in Materials Innovation
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Department of Materials Science and Engineering


Richard B. Kaner received his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania in 1984.  After carrying out postdoctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley, he joined the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), in 1987 as an Assistant Professor.  He was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 1991 and became a Full Professor in 1993.  Professor Kaner has received awards from the Dreyfus, Fulbright, Guggenheim, and Sloan Foundations, as well as the Exxon Fellowship in Solid State Chemistry and the Buck−Whitney Research Award from the American Chemical Society for his work on refractory materials, including new synthetic routes to ceramics, intercalation compounds, superhard materials, graphene, and conducting polymers.

Professor Kaner holds a joint appointment in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry as well as in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering.

List of Awards

  • Royal Society of Chemistry Centenary Prize (2018)
  • Materials Research Society Medal (2015)
  • ACS Award in the Chemistry of Materials (2012)
  • ACS Tolman medal (2010)
  • UCLA Gold Shield Faculty Prize (2002-2004)
  • Eka-Granules Lecturer University of Tasmania
  • Visiting Professor University of Wollongong
  • American Chemical Society Buck Whitney Research Award
  • Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar
  • National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator
  • American Chemical Society Member
  • Electrochemical Society Member
  • Materials Research Bulletin Associate Editor
  • Materials Research Society Member
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow
  • Packard Fellow (1989-1994)
  • Australian-American Fulbright Fellow
  • Guggenheim Fellow ; Sloan Fellow
  • American Chemical Society Exxon Fellowship in Solid State Chemistry


Professional Societies

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Associate Editor for Materials Research Bulletin
  • American Chemical Society
  • The Electrochemical Society
  • The Materials Research Society