When material dimensions reach the nanometer scale, quantum mechanical and thermodynamic properties that are insignificant in larger, everyday materials dominate, causing these nanomaterials to display new and interesting properties. Our work seeks to understand these properties and exploit them for technological applications.

Our group is affiliated with the Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute; Biophysics Graduate Program; the California Research Alliance by BASF (CARA); College of Chemistry; College of Engineering, Applied Science & Technology Program; Energy Frontiers in Research Center for Light-Matter Interactions; Materials Science & Engineering Program and Kavli Energy NanoScience Institute.

Prof. Alivisatos, who has run the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for the past seven years, assumed the role of Vice Chancellor for Research at UC Berkeley on March 1, 2016. He is also the Director of the Kavli Energy NanoScience Institute.

The Alivisatos alumni reunion during the American Chemical Society Conference, August 2014.

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