Group Members

Paul Alivisatos

Emeritus Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science & Engineering

Dr. Armand Paul Alivisatos is University of California (UC) Berkeley's Professor Emeritus in departments of chemistry and materials science and Samsung Distinguished Professor of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. He is also the former UC Berkeley's Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, the Founding Director of the Kavli Energy Nanoscience Institute (ENSI), Director Emeritus of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, former UC Berkeley Vice Chancellor for Research. In addition, he is a founder of two prominent nanotechnology companies, Nanosys and Quantum Dot Corp, now a part of Life Tech.

Groundbreaking contributions to the fundamental physical chemistry of nanocrystals are the hallmarks of Dr. Alivisatos' distinguished career. His research accomplishments include studies of the scaling laws governing the optical, electrical, structural, and thermodynamic properties of nanocrystals. He developed methods to synthesize size and shape controlled nanocrystals, and developed methods for preparing branched, hollow, nested, and segmented nanocrystals. In his research, he has demonstrated key applications of nanocrystals in biological imaging and renewable energy. He played a critical role in the establishment of the Molecular Foundry, a U.S. Department of Energy's Nanoscale Science Research Center; and was the facility's founding director. He is the founding editor of Nano Letters, a leading scientific publication of the American Chemical Society in nanoscience.

Dr. Alivisatos has been recognized for his accomplishments, with awards such as the Dan David Prize, the National Medal of Science, the Spiers Memorial Award, Axion Award, Wolf Prize in Chemistry, the Von Hippel Award, the Linus Pauling Medal, Computation and Engineering's Nanoscience Prize, the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award, the Rank Prize for Optoelectronics, the Eni Award for Energy and Environment, Colloid and Surface Chemistry Award, Coblentz Award for Molecular Spectroscopy and the Thomas Wilson Memorial Prize. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society.

Dr. Alivisatos received a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry in 1981 from the University of Chicago and Ph.D. in Chemistry from UC Berkeley in 1986. He began his career with UC Berkeley in 1988 and with Berkeley Lab in 1991.

Program Manager

Negest Williams

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Materials Sciences Division
1 Cyclotron Road
Berkeley, CA 94720

UC Berkeley
Department of Chemistry
D43A Hildebrand Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720

Graduate Students

Abdullah S. Abbas

Energy Applications

B.A.S. Nanotechnology Engineering, University of Waterloo

Amanda Brewer


B.S. Biochemistry, University of California Santa Cruz

Rafaela Brinn

Properties of Coupled Nanoparticles

B.A. Chemistry, Barnard College

Dana Byrne

Liquid Cell TEM

B.S. Chemistry, University of California Santa Cruz

Jason Calvin

Nanocrystal Thermodynamics

NSF Graduate Research Fellow

B.S. Chemistry, Brigham Young University

Michelle Crook

Graphene Liquid Cell

NSF Graduate Research Fellow

B.S. Chemistry, Binghamton University

Ethan Curling

Energy Applications and Synthesis

B.S. Chemistry, Florida State University

Jakob Dahl

Nanoparticle Synthesis and Assembly, Energy

B.S. Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Samuel Gleason

Applications of Machine Learning to Nanoparticle Synthesis and Automated Analysis

B.A. Chemistry & Applied Mathematic, Macalester College

Priscilla Pieters

Design and Properties of Nanocomposites

M.S. Chemistry, University of Groningen

B.S. Chemistry, University of Groningen

Xingzhi Wang

Machine Learning in Nanocrystal Synthesis

B.S. Chemistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Vida Jamali

In-Situ Liquid Cell TEM for Soft Matter Studies

Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, Rice University

B.S. Chemical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology

Ivan Moreno-Hernandez

Liquid Cell Electron Microscopy

Ph.D. Chemistry, California Institute of Technology

B.S. Chemistry & Physics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Katherinne Requejo Roque

Active Colloids and Nanoparticle Synthesis

Ph.D. Chemistry, Rice University

B.S. Chemistry, Pontifical Catholic University of Peru

Chang Yan

Charge Transfer and Excited State Dynamics

Ph.D. Chemistry, Stanford University

B.S. Chemistry, Jilin University, China

Visiting Scholar

Undergraduate Students

Amoolya Grandhi

Energy Applications

Tierni Kaufman

Nanocrystal Thermodynamics

Aika Liu

Modeling Graphene Liquid Cell Kinetics and Dynamics

Amy McKeown-Green

Dislocation Removal Kinetics

Adam Sedlak

Nanocrystal Thermodynamics

Alfred Vargas

Liquid Cell Electron Microscopy

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