Christo Sevov

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Christo Sevov

Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry


186 CBEC
151 W Woodruff Ave
Columbus, OH

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Areas of Expertise

  • organic synthesis and catalysis


  • Ph.D., Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, 2014
  • B.S., Chemistry, Magna Cum Laude, University of Notre Dame, 2009

Christo Sevov was born in Sofia, Bulgaria and moved to the US at a young age. He spent his formative years in South Bend, IN and received his B.S. in 2009 from the University of Notre Dame. There, Christo worked with Prof. Olaf Wiest on photocatalyzed cycloaddition reactions with selectivities that complement those of traditional Diels-Alder processes. Christo earned his Ph.D. in 2014 after beginning his studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with Prof. John Hartwig and later moving with the group to the University of California Berkeley. His research involved the development of methods and mechanistic study of metal-catalyzed additions of C–H, N–H, and O–H bonds across alkenes. Following his doctoral studies, Christo conducted his postdoctoral work with Prof. Melanie Sanford at the University of Michigan. Applying an organic chemist’s approach to energy storage, Christo helped establish a new research program aimed towards the design of solvated battery materials for redox flow batteries. Now at OSU, Christo's research group merges electrochemistry and catalysis to enable methods for organic synthesis that are safe and sustainable.

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