Charles Lieber Ph.D.

Lieber, Charles
Position Department / Business Unit
Mark Hyman Professor of Chemistry Dept. of Chemistry and Chem. Bio.
Institution Disciplines
Harvard University Electronics Chemistry
City State / Provence
Cambridge Massachusetts
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Lieber holds a joint appointment in Harvard University's Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, as the Mark Hyman Professor of Chemistry, and the Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Charles M. Lieber was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1959. He attended Franklin and Marshall College for his undergraduate education and graduated with honors in Chemistry. After doctoral studies at Stanford University and postdoctoral research at the California Institute of Technology, he moved to the East Coast in 1987 to assume an Assistant Professor position at Columbia University. Here Lieber embarked upon a new research program addressing the synthesis and properties of low-dimensional materials.

At Harvard Lieber has pioneered the synthesis of a broad range of nanoscale materials, the characterization of the unique physical properties of these materials and the development of methods of hierarchical assembly of nanoscale wires, together with the demonstration of applications of these materials in nanoelectronics, nanocomputing, biological and chemical sensing, neurobiology, and nanophotonics. Lieber has also developed and applied a new chemically sensitive microscopy for probing organic and biological materials at nanometer to molecular scales.


Undergraduate - Franklin and Marshall College; Doctoral - Stanford University

Career Highlights

Lieber is Co-Editor of Nano Letters, and also serves on the Editorial and Advisory Boards of a number of science and technology journals. Lieber has published more than 270 papers in peer-reviewed journals and is the principal inventor on more than 30 patents. In his spare time, Lieber founded a nanotechnology company, NanoSys, Inc., with the modest goal of revolutionizing commercial applications in chemical and biological sensing, computing, photonics and information storage.


His work in chemically sensitive microscopy for probing organic and biological materials at nanometer to molecular scales has been recognized by a number of awards, including the Nanotech Briefs Nano 50 Award (2005), ACS Award in the Chemistry of Materials (2004), World Technology Award in Materials (2004 and 2003), Scientific American Award in Nanotechnology and Molecular Electronics (2003), New York Intellectual Property Law Association Inventor of the Year (2003), APS McGroddy Prize for New Materials (2003), Harrison Howe Award (2002), MRS Medal (2002), Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology (2001), NSF Creativity Award (1996) and ACS Pure Chemistry Award (1992). Lieber is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Fellow of the American Physical Society, the Institute of Physics and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


Dekker Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

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