Tomce Runcevski

Assistant Professor


Office: 141 Fondren Science
Phone: 214-768-1280
Email: truncevski[@]
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Educational Background

Ph.D., Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Germany, 2011 - 2014; B.S. and M.S., Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Macedonia, 2006 - 2011


  • Assistant Professor, Southern Methodist University, 2018 - present
  • Postdoc, University of California at Berkeley, 2015 - 2018
  • Postdoc, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 2015 - 2018
  • Postdoc, Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Germany, 2014 - 2015

Research Interests

  • Physical Chemistry, Diffraction and Scattering Methods

The Runčevski Laboratory studies the physical chemistry and atomic structure of single crystalline, polycrystalline, nanocrystalline and amorphous materials. The research is primarily performed by diffraction and scattering methods, in house and at synchrotron and neutron facilities, supported by of spectroscopic, microscopic and thermal techniques. The Laboratory is active in the fields of mechanically active crystals, materials for gas and energy storage, pharmaceuticals, minerals, construction materials and art degradation products. 

Selected Publications

  1. Mechanosynthesis of a Coamorphous Formulation of Creatine with Citric Acid and Humidity–Mediated Transformation into a Cocrystal. Kyle B Pekar, Jonathan B Lefton, Christina McConville, Jewel Burleson, Daniel Sethio, Elfi Kraka, Tomče Runčevski Crystal Growth & Design 2021, 21, 1279-1306.

  2. Titan in a Test Tube: Organic Co-Crystals and Implications for Titan Mineralogy. Morgan L. Cable, Tomče Runčevski, Helen E. Maynard-Casely, Tuan H. Vu, Robert Hodyss Accounts of Chemical Research 2021, 54, 3050–3059.

  3. Defects Formation and Amorphization of Zn-MOF-74 Crystals by Post-Synthetic Interactions with Bidentate Adsorbates. Jonathan B Lefton, Kyle B Pekar, Uroob Haris, Mary E. Zick, Phillip J. Milner, Alexander R. Lippert, Lupčo Pejov, Tomče Runčevski *Journal of Materials Chemistry A 2021,

  4. Peritectic Phase Transition of Benzene and Acetonitrile into a Cocrystal Relevant to Titan, Saturn’s Moon. Christina McConville, Yunwen Tao, Hayden Evans, Benjamin A Trump, Jonathan B Lefton, Wenqian Xu, Andrey Yakovenko, Elfi Kraka, Craig M Brown, Tomče RunčevskiChemical Communications 2020, 56, 13520-13523.

  5. The Crystal Structure of Zineb, Seventy-Five Years Later. Jonathan B. Lefton, Kyle B. Pekar, Tomče Runčevski Crystal Growth & Design 2020, 20, 851-857.


  • Otto-Hahn-Medal, 2015
  • Ss. Cyril and Methodius Golden Medal, 2010
  • IMPRS Fellowship, 2011
  • DAAD Fellowship, 2010