Victoria Nikitina

Professor: Keith Stevenson

M.S. Chemistry, Lomonosov Moscow State University
Ph.D.  Electrochemistry, Lomonosov Moscow State University

Victoria received her Master’s degree from Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU) in 2010 where she also defended a Candidate of Science degree in 2013. During her postgraduate studies Victoria specialized in molecular level description of heterogeneous electron transfer in different ionic and molecular media. Prof. Galina Tsirlina, MSU, and Prof. Renat Nazmutdinov, Kazan Technological University, supervised her research. Victoria developed an approach for the prediction of the rate constant values for simple one-electron heterogeneous electron transfer reactions in molecular and ionic liquids in the framework of modern quantum-mechanical theory of electron transfer in polar solvents.

She took part in multidisciplinary collaborations with Prof. R. Buchner, Regensburg University, as a DAAD scholarship holder and Prof. Th. Wandlowski, Bern University, as an exchange Ph.D. student. At that time she focused her research on the investigation of dielectric behavior of solutions of inorganic solutes in room-temperature ionic liquids and electron transfer through alkanethiol monolayers on gold in ionic liquids. Since 2014, Victoria is working in the field of kinetics of ion transfer and ion intercalation reactions. At Skoltech, Victoria’s project relates to the single nanoparticle catalytic reactions kineitcs and mechanisms.

Research area:

Heterogeneous charge transfer kinetics and mechanisms

Heterogeneous charge transfer kinetics and mechanisms

1. V.A. Nikitina, R.R. Nazmutdinov, G.A. Tsirlina. Quinones Electrochemistry in Room-Temperature Ionic Liquids. J. Phys. Chem. B 115 (2011) 668-677.2. V.A. Nikitina, A. Nazet, T. Sonnleitner, R. Buchner. Properties of Sodium Tetrafluoroborate Solutions in 1-Butyl-3-methylimidazolium Tetrafluoroborate Ionic Liquid. J. Chem. Eng. Data 57 (2012), 3019–3025.3. T. Sonnleitner, V.A. Nikitina, A. Nazet, R. Buchner. Do H-bonds explain strong ion aggregation in ethylammonium nitrate + acetonitrile mixtures? Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys.  15 (2013) 18445-18452.

4. V.A. Nikitina, F. Gruber, M. Jansen, G.A. Tsirlina. Subsequent redox transitions as a tool to understand solvation in ionic liquids. Electrochim. Acta 103 (2013) 243-251.

5. N.A. Chumakova, V.A. Nikitina, V.I. Pergushov. Translational Diffusion Coefficient of a Nitroxide Radical in an Ionic Liquid, as Determined via EPR Spectroscopy, Cyclic Voltammetry, and Chronoamperometry.  Russ. J. Phys. Chem. A, 87 (2013) 149-152.

6. V.A. Nikitinа, S.A. Kislenko, R.R. Nazmutdinov, M.D. Bronshtein, G.A. Tsirlina. Ferrocene/Ferrocenium Redox Couple at Au(111)/Ionic Liquid and Au(111)/Acetonitrile Interfaces: A Molecular-Level View at the Elementary Act. J. Phys. Chem. C 118  (2014) 6151-6164.

7. V.A. Nikitina, A.V. Rudnev, G.A. Tsirlina, Th. Wandlowski. Long Distance Electron Transfer at the Metal/Alkanethiol/Ionic Liquid Interface. J. Phys. Chem. C 118 (2014) 15970-15977.

8. S.A. Kislenko, V.A. Nikitina, R.R. Nazmutdinov. When do defectless alkanethiol SAMs in ionic liquids become penetrable? A molecular dynamics study. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 17 (2015) 31947-31955.

9. S.A. Kislenko, V.A. Nikitina, R.R. Nazmutdinov. A molecular dynamics study of the ionic and molecular permeability of alkanethiol monolayers on the gold electrode surface. High Energy Chem. 49 (2015) 341-346.

10. S.Yu. Vassiliev, E.E. Levin, V.A. Nikitina. Kinetic analysis of lithium intercalating systems: cyclic voltammetry. Electrochim. Acta 190 (2016) 1087-1099.

11. E.E. Levin, S.Yu. Vassiliev, V.A. Nikitina. Solvent effect on the kinetics of lithium ion intercalation into LiCoO2. Electrochim. Acta 28 (2017) 114-124.

12. V.A. Nikitina, S.F. Fedotov, S.Yu. Vassiliev, A.Sh. Samarin, N.R. Khasanova, E.V. Antipov. Transport and Kinetic Aspects of Alkali Metal Ions Intercalation into AVPO4F Framework. J. Electrochem. Soc. 164 (2017) A6373-A6380.

13. V.A. Nikitina, M.V. Zakharkin, S.Yu. Vassiliev, L.V. Yashina, E.V. Antipov, K.J. Stevenson. Lithium Ion Coupled Electron-Transfer Rates in Superconcentrated Electrolytes: Exploring the Bottlenecks for Fast Charge-Transfer Rates with LiMn2O4 Cathode Materials. Langmuir. 33 (2017) 9378–9389.

14. V.A. Nikitina, A.V. Rudnev, R.R. Nazmutdinov, G.A. Tsirlina, Th. Wandlowski. Solvent effect on electron transfer through alkanethiols. J. Electroanal. Chem. (2017) DOI: 10.1016/j.jelechem.2017.08.006.

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 (Japan), 2004; DAAD scholarship (Regensburg University, Germany), 2011; Oleg Deripaska Award for young scientists, 2013