Khachatur Manukyan

Associate Research Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy

Associate Research Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy

210C Nieuwland Science Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
+1 574-631-6083

Research Interests

My research aims to unravel the complexities of novel material creation, where the realms of material science, chemistry, and physics converge. I am fascinated by the rapid physical and chemical processes that induce profound structural changes, such as swift phase transitions, rapid amorphization, and crystallization. I am keen to unearth the essential connections between material synthesis, processing, structure, and function. At the core of my scientific endeavor, I explore materials specially tailored for nuclear science measurements, energy, and structural applications. These are areas of immense significance, as they provide the foundation for advancing our understanding of materials and their role in powering modern technologies.

My curiosity extends far beyond contemporary materials. I explore the structure, composition, and preparation methods of artworks, ancient alloys, medieval manuscripts, historical documents, and even paper money. In these ancient artifacts, I seek a profound connection with our ancestors, shedding light on the materials they ingeniously employed and the techniques they mastered. By bridging the past and present, we forge a path where history and science intertwine.

Throughout my scientific career, I have published more than 100 research articles in archival journals within these fields.


B.S., Chemistry, Yerevan State University, 2001
M.S., Chemistry, Yerevan State University, 2003
Ph.D., Chemistry, Yerevan State University, 2006


  1. K. Manukyan, A. Yeghishyan, A. Aprahamian, L. Jordan, M. Kurkowski, M. Raddell, L. Richter Le, Z. D. Schultz, L. Spillane, and M. Wiescher, "Multiscale Analysis of Benjamin Franklin's Innovations in American Paper Money", PNAS, 120 (30) e2301856120 (2023).
  2. S. Malakpour Estalaki, T. Luo, K.V. Manukyan, "Bayesian Optimization of Metastable Nickel Formation during the Spontaneous Crystallization under Extreme Conditions", J. Appl. Phys. 133, 215901, 1-11 (2023).
  3. S. Dede, K.V. Manukyan, J.M. Roach, A. Majumdar, P.C. Burns, A. Aprahamian, "Irradiation-Induced Amorphization of UO2 Films Prepared by Spraying-Assisted Combustion Synthesis" Appl. Surf. Sci. 603, 154437, 11 pages. (2022).
  4. A. Majumdar, K.V. Manukyan, S. Dede, J.M. Roach, D. Robertson, P.C. Burns, A. Aprahamian, "Irradiation-Driven Restructuring of UO2 Thin Films: Amorphization and Crystallization", ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 13, 35153–35164 (2021).
  5. E. Aleksanyan, A. Aprahamian, A.S. Mukasyan, V. Harutyunyan, and K.V. Manukyan, "Mechanisms of Mechanochemical Synthesis of Cesium Lead Halides: Pathways Toward Stabilization of α-CsPbI3" J. Mater. Sci., 55, 8665–8678 (2020).
  6. A.S. Mukasyan, S. Roslyakov, J.M. Pauls, L.C. Gallington, T. Orlova, X. Liu, M. Dobrowolska, J.K. Furdyna, K.V. Manukyan, "Nanoscale Metastable ε‑Fe3N Ferromagnetic Materials by Self-Sustained Reactions", Inorg. Chem. 58, 5583−5592 (2019).
  7. K.V. Manukyan, C.E. Shuck, M.J. Cherukara, S. Rouvimov, D.Y. Kovalev, A. Strachan, A.S. Mukasyan, "Exothermic Self-Sustained Waves with Amorphous Nickel", J. Phys. Chem. C, 120, 5827-5838 (2016).
  8. K.V. Manukyan, A.G. Avetisyan, H.A. Chatilyan, S. Rouvimov, S.L. Kharatyan, A.S. Mukasyan, "Nickel Oxide Reduction by Hydrogen: Kinetics and Structural Transformations", J. Phys. Chem. C, 119, 16131-16138 (2015).
  9. K.V. Manukyan, W. Tan, R.J. deBoer, E.J. Stech, A. Aprahamian, M. Wiescher, S. Rouvimov, K.R. Overdeep, C. E. Shuck, T.P. Weihs, A.S. Mukasyan, "Irradiation-Enhanced Reactivity of Multilayer Al/Ni Nanomaterials", ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 7, 11272-11279 (2015).
  10. K.V. Manukyan, B.A. Mason, L.J. Groven, Y.-C. Lin, M. Cherukara, S.F. Son, A. Strachan, A.S. Mukasyan, "Tailored Reactivity of Ni+Al Nanocomposites: Microstructural Correlations", J. Phys. Chem. C, 116, 21027-21038 (2012).