Group Members

Paul Alivisatos

Samsung Distinguished Professor of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science & Engineering

Director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Paul Alivisatos attended the University of Chicago, where he received a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry with Honors in 1981. He continued his graduate studies 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, where he is presently Professor of Chemistry and Materials Sciences. He has received the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation fellowship, the ACS Exxon Solid State Chemistry Fellowship, the Coblentz Award, the Wilson Prize at Harvard, the Materials Research Society Outstanding Young Investigator Award, the ACS Award in Colloid and Surface Chemistry (2004), the Rank Prize (2006), the University of Chicago Distinguished Alumni Award (2006), the Eni Italgas Prize for Energy and Environment (2006), the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award (2007), the Kavli Distinguished Lectureship in Nanoscience, MRS (2008), the Linus Pauling Award, ACS (2011), the Von Hippel Award, MRS (2011), and the Wolf Prize in Chemistry (2012). He is a Fellow of both the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

In 2004, he was elected into the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the Editor of Nano Letters, an American Chemical Society Journal.

His research concerns the structural, thermodynamic, optical, and electrical properties of colloidal inorganic nanocrystals. He investigates the fundamental physical and chemical properties of nanocrystals and also works to develop practical applications of these new materials in biomedicine and renewable energy.

Graduate Students

Brandon Beberwyck

Synthesis, Properties

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin

Noah Bronstein

Energy Applications

B.A. Chemistry, Whitman College

Hoduk Cho


B. Sc. Chemistry, Imperial College London

Alexandra Courtis

Biology Applications, Synthesis

B.A. Chemistry, Harvard University

Tina Ding

Properties, Energy Applications

B.S. Chemistry, California Institute of Technology

David Grauer

Properties, Energy Applications

B.A. Chemistry, Princeton University

Danny Hellebusch

Properties, Energy Applications

B.S. Chemical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin

Matt Koc


B.S. Chemistry, Westminster College of Salt Lake City

David Litt

Biology Applications, Self Assembly

B.S. Chemistry, Brown University

Matt Lucas

Synthesis, Energy Applications

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Harvard University

Katie Lutker

Properties, Biology Applications

B.S. Chemistry, University of Michigan

Karthish Manthiram

Properties, Energy Applications

B.S. Chemical Engineering, Stanford University

Kate Nichols

Masters of Fine Arts student

B.A. Studio Art, Kenyon College

Erin O'Brien

Properties, Energy Applications

B.S. Chemistry, MIT

Fadakemi (Kemi) Oba

Synthesis, Energy Applications

B.S. Chemistry, California State University, Bakersfield

Jacob Olshansky


B.S. Chemistry and Physics, Haverford College

Andrew Olson

Properties, Biology Applications

B.A. Chemistry, Carleton College

Shilpa Raja


B.A. Chemistry, Harvard University

Jessica Smith

Biology Applications

B.S. Chemistry, University of Washington

Post-Docs and Visiting Scholars

Qian Chen


Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
B.S. Chemistry, Peking University, China

Vivian Ferry

Biology Applications, Energy Applications

Ph.D. Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology
B.S. Chemistry from University of Chicago

Mario Hentschel


Ph.D. in Physics, University of Stuttgart, Germany
Diploma in Physics, University of Bonn, Germany

Son Nguyen


Ph.D. Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley
B.S. Chemistry, University of Science, Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam

Daeha Seo

Biology Applications

Ph.D. Chemistry, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
B.S. Chemistry Education, Pusan National University

Toshinobu Ogasawara

Chief Researcher, Asahi Kasei E-materials Corp.

B.E. & M.E. Molecular Design & Engineering, Nagoya University

Yoshihisa Oko

Senior Researcher, EMTech, AIST, Japan

Ph.D. Applied Chemistry, University of Tokyo

Kaori Takano

Chemist, JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation

M.E. Applied Chemistry, Tokyo Institute of Technology

B.E. Applied Chemistry, Keio University

Xingchen Ye


Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania
B.S. Chemistry, University of Science and Technology, China

Qiao "Joe" Zhang

Ph.D. Chemistry, University of California, Riverside
B.S. and M.S. Chemistry, University of Science & Technology of China

Undergraduate Students

Lillian Hsueh


Aditya Limaye


Rami Ariss

Properties, Energy Applications


Karen Sharp


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