Victoria Nikitina

M.S. Chemistry, M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University

Ph.D.  Electrochemistry, M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University

Dr. Victoria Nikitina received her Ph.D. from the M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU) in 2013 under the supervision of Prof. Galina Tsirlina and Prof. Renat Nazmutdinov. During her Ph.D. studies, Dr. Nikitina took part in multidisciplinary international collaborations with Prof. R. Buchner, Regensburg University, as a DAAD scholar and Prof. Th. Wandlowski, Bern University.

In 2014-2018 Dr. Nikitina held postdoctoral appointments at MSU (Department of Electrochemistry) and at Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Center for Energy Science and Technology). Her research interests involve the kinetics and thermodynamics of energy storage and conversion devices, including metal-ion intercalation, electrocatalytic reactions and single-entity electrochemistry. Her current research projects at Skoltech are focused on high-power low-temperature lithium-ion and sodium-ion batteries as well as on the development of electroanalytical tools for the battery performance diagnostics. Another area of research concerns the implementation of nanoelectrochemical methods for the single particle-level investigation of materials for energy storage. Victoria received funding from RFBR and RSF to support her research. Since 2019, Dr. Nikitina is Assistant Professor at CEST.

Metal-ion intercalation: thermodynamics and kinetics

Elementary act of charge transfer in polar media: experiment and modeling

Electroanalytical methods for the characterization of electrochemical processes in solid electrodes

Single-entity electrochemistry: nanoimpacts and single particle-level measurements

Low-temperature and high-power Na- and K-ion batteries

2010 – M.S. degree, Lomonosov Moscow State University

2013 – Candidate of science, Lomonosov Moscow State University

Research interests

Kinetics of electron transfer in ionic and molecular solvents; kinetics of electron transfer at modified interfaces; molecular modeling of electron transfer and solvation, metal-ion batteries, kinetics of ion transfer and ion intercalation reactions, electrocatalysis and mechanisms.

Past projects

2011 – “The role of RTIL dielectric properties in solvation and redox reactions”

2012 – “Electron transfer at gold/alkanethiol/ionic liquid interface”

2012 – 2013 – “Heterogeneous electron transfer through alkanethiol monolayers on gold in ionic liquids”

2011 – 2013 – “Medium effects on the elementary act of interfacial charge transfer processes proceeding in different kinetic regimes”

2012 – 2013 – “Heterogeneous electron transfer: medium and temperature effects”

2014 – 2016 – “Key factors controlling kinetics in viscous media: theoretical prognosis and experiment”

2016 – 2018 – “Activation barrier of lithium intercalation reaction: influence of solvent, reaction layer and electrode material structure”

Saitama University scholarship (Saitama University, Japan), 2004

DAAD scholarship (Regensburg University, Germany), 2011

Swiss Science Foundation scholarship (Bern University, Switzerland), 2012

Oleg Deripaska Award for young scientists, 2013, 2018

Phd students:
Komayko Alena


1) 2018-2020: “Electrochemistry and High Energy Chemistry” , M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University (lectures + seminars)

2) 2019: “Electrochemistry: From Fundamentals to Applications”, Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (lectures)

3) 2018-2019: practical seminars in “Applied Electrochemistry”, Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology

4) 2020: “Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry of Energy Storage and Conversion Devices”, Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (lectures)