Kotov has won the College of Engineering’s Rexford E. Hall Innovation Excellence Award. This award recognizes faculty members who have developed a breakthrough technology or made a significant innovation and demonstrated its transformational potential in engineering practice, the marketplace, or advancing societal good.
Since joining the faculty in 2003, Nick Kotov has demonstrated sustained excellence in translating fundamental scientific discoveries into innovative engineering and technological applications
An undisputed leader in the self-assembly of nanocomposites and nanomaterials, Kotov has developed materials and manufacturing methods for use across a range of high-impact applications: three-dimensional tissue engineering for drug screening; ultra-strong lightweight armor; anti-counterfeit technologies; cancer screening with chiral biosensors and safe lithium-ion batteries.
With over 280 publications, 30,000 citations, and 5 patents, Kotov also possesses a passion for commercial development. He has established five startup companies, which have garnered over $8 million in investments.