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Paul Alivisatos

Paul Alivisatos

University of California Berkeley

Paul Alivisatos went to the University of Chicago, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry with Honors in 1981. He attended graduate school at the University of California, Berkeley, where he worked under the supervision of Charles Harris. His Ph.D. thesis concerned the photophysics of electronically excited molecules near metal and semiconductor surfaces. In 1986, he went to AT&T Bell Labs where he worked with Louis Brus as a postdoctoral, and it was at this time that he first became involved in research related to Nanotechnology. In 1988, he joined the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley, as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1993 and to Professor in 1995. He was appointed Chancellor’s Professor of the University of California, Berkeley for the period 1998-2001.  In addition, effective January 2003 he was appointed Director of the Materials Sciences Division at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

He has received the Presidential Young Investigator Award, an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation fellowship, the ACS Exxon Solid State Chemistry Fellowship, the Coblentz Award, the Wilson Prize at Harvard, Department of Energy Awards for Outstanding Scientific Accomplishment in Materials Chemistry (1994) and for Sustained Outstanding Research in Materials Chemistry (1997), and the Materials Research Society Outstanding Young Investigator Award.  He is a Fellow of both the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is the Editor of the American Chemical Society journal, Nano Letters, and serves on the Editorial Advisory Boards of The Journal of Physical Chemistry, Chemical Physics, the Journal of Chemical Physics, and Advanced Materials. He is a senior member of the technical staff at the Lawrence Berkeley National laboratory, where he directs the new national nanofabrication facility, “The Molecular Foundry.”  He has served as a member of the Defense Sciences Study Group, and on panels of the Defense Science Board and the National research council, and is currently a member of the Department of Energy Council on Materials Sciences.  His research concerns the structural, thermodynamic, optical, and electrical properties of nanocrystals.

He is married and has a daughter and two sons.

Speaking in Cleantech 2007.

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