Kirill Monakhov





Professional Career

Since June 2015

Adjunct Scientist 

Peter Grünberg Institute, Jülich Research Centre, Germany


Since June 2015

Junior Research Group Leader

mentor Prof. Paul Kögerler 

Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, RWTH Aachen University, Germany


January 2013 –

May 2015

Postdoctoral fellow

with Prof. Paul Kögerler 

Laboratory of Molecular Magnetism

Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, RWTH Aachen University, Germany


December 2010 –

December 2012

Postdoctoral fellow

with Prof. Pierre Braunstein 

Laboratory of Coordination Chemistry

Institute of Chemistry, University of Strasbourg, France


July 2010 –

October 2010 

Postdoctoral research assistant

with Prof. Gerald Linti

Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, Heidelberg University, Germany



November 2007 –

July 2010

Doctor of Science (Dr. rer. nat., doctor rerum naturalium)

Ph.D. supervisor: Prof. Gerald Linti 

Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, Heidelberg University, Germany


Thesis: ''Experimental and theoretical study of the polynuclear

bismuth compounds – Dimers, clusters, molecular self-assemblies,

and polyhedral cage molecules'' (magna cum laude)


September 2005 –

June 2007

Master of Science in Chemistry

Supervisor: Prof. Tatiana Stromnova

Institute of Physical Chemistry, Lomonosov Moscow State University of Fine Chemical Technology, Russia


Thesis: ''Palladium(I,II) unsaturated carboxylate complexes –

Synthesis, structures, and physical properties'' (thesis grade: 1.0)


September 2001 –

June 2005

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

Supervisor: Prof. Tatiana Stromnova

Institute of Physical Chemistry, Lomonosov Moscow State University of Fine Chemical Technology, Russia


University Training & Development

Since 2015

Participation in the program "Mentoring and Coaching for Advanced Talents"

mentor Prof. Rainer Waser

Center for Professional Leadership, RWTH Aachen University, Germany 


Short-Term Research Stays

2014 (3 weeks)

Pierre and Marie Curie University - Paris VI, France

Paris Institute of Molecular Chemistry

Edifices PolyMétalliques (E-POM) of Prof. Anna Proust


2014 (2 weeks)

Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands

High Field Magnet Laboratory


2017 (2 weeks)

2014 (2 weeks)

2012 (1 week)

2011 (4 weeks)

Rovira i Virgili University - Tarragona, Spain

Departament de Química Física i Inorgànica

Quantum Chemistry Group of Prof. Josep M. Poblet



2010 (9 weeks) 

VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands

Theoretical Chemistry Group of Prof. F. Matthias Bickelhaupt



Since 2018

Member of the COST Action MP1308 "Towards Oxide Based Electronics" (TO-BE)

European Union


Since 2017

Member of the Aachen-California Network of Academic Exchange (ACalNet)

Aachen-California, Germany-USA


Since 2015

Member of the RWTH Faculty Club

Aachen, Germany


Since 2014

Member of the German Chemical Society (GDCh)

and ''Wöhler-Vereinigung für Anorganische Chemie'', Germany


2007 – 2010

Member of the Graduate College 850 

''Modeling of Molecular Properties'', Heidelberg, Germany


Services to the Scientific Community

Since 2015

Grant reviews for international funding institutions:

«L'initiative d'excellence» (IdEx), France


Since 2013

Peer refereeing for various chemistry journals

incl. specialized and multidisciplinary journals


Academic Administration


Member of the committee "Reakkreditierung der Lehramtsstudiengänge der RWTH Aachen"

representative of the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry


Research Grants

2015  2020

Emmy Noether Programme grant from the DFG

amount: 1200 k€

principal investigator



Jülich Aachen Research Alliance Seed Fund

amount: 40 k€

jointly with Dr. Marco Moors & Prof. Rainer Waser



RWTH Start-Up Fund

Institutional strategy II - Place to Be

Excellence Initiative of the German federal and state governments

amount: 15 k€

principal investigator



Two Short-Term 'PoCheMoN' Scientific Mission grants

COST Action CM1203

''Polyoxometalate Chemistry for Molecular Nanoscience''

principal investigator



European Magnetic Field Laboratory Access grant


principal investigator




Two HPC-Europa2 grants

High Performance Computing Transnational Access Programme

principal investigator


Honors, Awards, Recognition, and Fellowships


Citation in the 12th edition of Marquis Who's Who in Science and

Engineering 2016-2017 (USA)



DFG Emmy Noether Fellowship 




Featured in the Advent Calendar of the Excellence Initiative and 

the International Office at RWTH Aachen University (Germany)


2013 – 2016

Citation in the 31st, 32nd, and 33rd edition of Marquis Who's Who in the World




DFG Postdoctoral Reintegration Fellowship

''Rückkehrstipendium'' (Germany)



Cercle Gutenberg Postdoctoral Funding

(Alsace, France)



The Academia Europaea Burgen Scholarship in recognition of

excellent academic achievements (European Union)



DFG Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

''Forschungsstipendium'' (Germany)



Graduate Student Award to participate in the 59th Meeting of

Nobel Laureates and Students in Lindau, dedicated to chemistry



2007 – 2010

Graduate College 850 Scholarship

''Modeling of Molecular Properties'', Heidelberg (Germany)



Master's Thesis Award in Chemistry and Honor's Diploma of

the Moscow State University of Fine Chemical Technology (Russia)



Annual Student Research Award of the Kurnakov's Institute of

General and Inorganic Chemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences