Paul Alivisatos Ph.D.

Alivisatos, Paul
Position Department / Business Unit
Dept. of Chemistry
Institution Disciplines
University of California Chemistry
City State / Provence
Berkeley California
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Paul Alivisatos went to the University of Chicago, where he received a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry with Honors in 1981.

He attended graduate school 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 fellow, 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, as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1993 and to Professor in 1995. He was appointed Chancellor's Professor of the University of California, Berkeley for the period 1998-2001. In addition, effective January 2003 he was appointed Director of the Materials Sciences Division at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

He was elected to both the National Academy of Sciences and to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004. He
 received a Miller’s Professorship (2001-2002) and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advance of Sciences. He has received the following awards: the Colloid and Surface Chemistry ACS Award (2004); the Sustained Outstanding Research in Materials Chemistry Award, DOE (1997); the Outstanding Young Investigator Award MRS (1995); the Wilson Prize (1994); the Coblentz Award (1994); the Exxon ACS Solid State Chemistry Fellowship (1991); the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow (1991-1992); and the NSF Presidential Young Investigator award (1991-1995). He is the Editor of the American Chemical Society journal, Nano Letters, and serves on the Editorial Advisory Boards of The Journal of Physical Chemistry, Chemical Physics, the Journal of Chemical Physics, and Advanced Materials. He is a senior member of the technical staff at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he directed the new national nanofabrication facility, "The Molecular Foundry."

He has served as a member of the Defense Sciences Study Group, and on panels of the Defense Science Board and the National research council, and is currently a member of the Department of Energy Council on Materials Sciences. His research concerns the structural, thermodynamic, optical, and electrical properties of nanocrystals.

Additionally, as well as being Director of the Materials Sciences Division and an active researcher, Paul Alivisatos fulfills a leading role at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) in his appointment as Associate Laboratory Director for Physical Sciences at LBNL.

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