Khachatur Manukyan is a Research Assistant Professor at the Nuclear Science Laboratory, Department of Physics, University of Notre Dame. He did his PhD research in Chemistry at Yerevan State University (Yerevan, Armenia). His PhD thesis focused on probing combustion processes occurring in condensed matter to create nanoscale materials with unusual mechanical and electrical properties.

After completing his PhD, Khachatur worked as a lecturer at Yerevan State University and held postdoctoral research positions at the Institute of Chemical Physics, National Academy of Sciences of Armenia (Yerevan, Armenia), and Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Dübendorf, Switzerland). In 2010, he moved to the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Notre Dame (Indiana, USA) as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar. In 2013, he joined the Department of Physics at Notre Dame as a research associate and then became a Research Assistant Professor.

Khachatur’s current research interests focus on material processing under extreme (high-energy ion/laser irradiation and mechanical impact) conditions, nuclear material science, and physics applications in art and archeology. Khachatur has published over 85 research articles and invited review papers, as well as a US patent and a book. He is a recipient of the Presidential Prize and the Gold Medal of Republic of Armenia in the Field of Natural Sciences (2009), a Fulbright Scholarship Award (2010), and a Best Electron Microscopy Publication Award of Notre Dame Integrated Imaging Facility (2013). He organized many professional meetings and currently serves as Editor of the International Journal of Self-propagating High-temperature Synthesis.


Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry (YSU)          2006

M.S. in Chemistry (YSU)                               2003

B.S. in Chemistry (YSU)                                2001