University of California, Riverside

Department of Chemistry




Boniface Fokwa
Associate Professor of Chemistry & CFM in CEE and MS


BS, MS, DEA: University of Yaounde I, Yaounde, Cameroon (1996, 1998, 1999)
Ph.D. (Dr.rer.nat.): Dresden University of Technology, Dresden, Germany (2003)
Postdoc and Habilitation (Priv.-Doz.): RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany (2004-2010)

Office: 225 Pierce Annex
Phone O/L: (951) 827-2038/5712
Research Area: Inorganic Chemistry, Materials Chemistry, Computational Chemistry
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Research Interests

The Fokwa research group is interested in novel inorganic solids derived from the combination of main group elements (mainly boron), and metals (mainly transition metals). Much emphasis lies on the elucidation of the crystal and electronic structures as well as structure-bonding-property correlations of such new compounds, thus enabling their potential applications as materials for energy related technologies (magnetic, magnetocaloric, superconducting and spintronic materials) as well as refractory materials (hard and superhard materials). Hence, a variety of solid state synthetic methods as well as state of the art analytical and computational methods (mainly DFT) are commonly applied in a synergistic manner to achieve these goals.

Students and Postdoc positions are available in the following research areas (experiments and computation):

  • Rare-earth-free high energy density magnetic materials 
  • Multifunctional materials based on the Bn (n ≥ 2) building blocks
  • Micro- and nano materials as electrocatalysts
  • Novel Hard and super hard Materials


Selected Publications


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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Department of Chemistry
Chemical Sciences
501 Big Springs Road

Tel: (951) 827-3789 (Chair's Assistant)
Fax: (951) 827-2435 (confidential)