Group Members

Paul Alivisatos

Samsung Distinguished Professor of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science & Engineering

Director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Dr. Paul Alivisatos is Director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and is the University of California (UC) Berkeley's Samsung Distinguished Professor of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. He also directs the Kavli Energy Nanosciences Institute (ENSI), and holds professorships in UC Berkeley's departments of materials science and chemistry. 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's distinguished career. His research breakthroughs include the synthesis of size- and shape-controlled nanoscrystals, and forefront studies of nanocrystal properties, including optical, electrical, structural and thermodynamic. 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 in nanoscience.

Dr. Alivisatos has been recognized for his accomplishments, with awards such as the Wolf Prize in Chemistry, the Linus Pauling Medal, the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award, the Eni Italgas Prize for Energy and Environment, the Rank Prize for Optoelectronics, the Wilson Prize, the Coblentz Award for Advances in Molecular Spectroscopy, the American Chemical Society Award for Colloid and Surface Science, the Von Hippel Award of the Materials Research Society, and most recently, the 2014 ACS Materials Chemistry Award. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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.

Graduate Students

Arunima Balan

Properties, Energy Applications

B.S. Chemistry and Physics, MIT

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

Matt Hauwiller

Graphene Liquid Cell TEM

B.S. Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota

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

Brent Koscher

Energy Applications

B.S. Chemistry and Biological Sciences, University of South Carolina

John Lee

B.S. Chemistry, University of Southern California

David Litt

Biology Applications, Self-Assembly

B.S. Chemistry, Brown University

Karthish Manthiram

Properties, Energy Applications

B.S. Chemical Engineering, Stanford University

Erin O'Brien

Properties, Energy Applications

B.S. Chemistry, MIT

Fadekemi (Kemi) Oba

Synthesis, Catalysis, Energy Applications

B.S. Chemistry, California State University, Bakersfield

Jacob Olshansky

Charge Transfer

B.S. Chemistry and Physics, Haverford College

Joseph Swabeck

Energy Applications

B.S. Chemistry, California State University, Long Beach

Wojciech Osowiecki

Properties, Energy Applications

B.S./M.S. Chemistry, Yale University

Shilpa Raja


B.A. Chemistry, Harvard University

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

Starting from Apr, 2015: Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Department of Materials Science and Engineering at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. See her publications here.

Stefan Fischer

Energy Applications, Properties

Ph.D. Physics & Engineering, University of Freiburg & Fraunhofer ISE, Germany
M.Sc. Physics (German Diplom), University of Freiburg, Germany

Jianbo Gao

Energy Applications

Ph.D. Physics, University of Alberta, Canada
M. Sc. Physics, University of Alberta, Canada

Xun Wendy Gu

Properties, Sensors

Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, Caltech
B.S. Chemical Engineering, UC Berkeley

Lindsey Hanson

Biological Applications

Ph.D. Chemistry, Stanford
B.S. Chemistry, Duke

Matt Jones

Plasmonic Properties, Self-Assembly

Ph.D. Materials Science & Engineering, Northwestern University

B.S. Materials Science & Engineering and Biomedical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

Jacob Kanady

Synthesis, Catalysis, Energy Applications

Ph.D. Chemistry, California Institute of Technology

B.S. Chemistry, University of California, Irvine

Tae-Gon Kim


Senior Engineer, Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology

PPh.D. Materials Science and Engineering, Seoul National University
B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, Seoul National University

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

Xingchen Ye


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

Undergraduate Students

Rami Ariss

Properties, Energy Applications

Lillian Hsueh


Sarah Hull

Biology Applications

Youjin Lee

Synthesis, Properties

Aditya Limaye


Alex Powers

Energy Applications


Kate Nichols

Master of Fine Arts

B.A. Studio Art, Kenyon College


Negest Williams

Nanoscience Program Senior Administrator

Materials Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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