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Paul Alivisatos, Ph.D.

Paul Alivisatos, Ph.D.

Vice Chancellor and Provost,
University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Armand Paul Alivisatos is the University of California Berkeley's Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost and Samsung Distinguished Professor of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. He is also the Director Emeritus of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, founding director of the Kavli Energy Nanoscience Institute (ENSI), and a founder of two prominent nanotechnology companies, Nanosys, Inc., and Quantum Dot Corp, now a part of Thermo Fisher Scientific.

Groundbreaking contributions to the fundamental physical chemistry of nanocrystals are the hallmarks of Dr. Alivisatos' scientific 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 for preparing branched, hollow, nested, and segmented nanocrystals. In his research, he has demonstrated key applications of nanocrystals in biological imaging, renewable energy, and electronic displays, including the widely used quantum dot television technology. He played a critical role in the establishment of the Molecular Foundry, a U.S. Department of Energy Nanoscale Science Research Center; and was the facility's founding director. He was an early and prominent advocate for both the US National Nanotechnology Initiative and the US National BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative. He is the founding editor of Nano Letters, a leading scientific publication of the American Chemical Society in nanoscience.

Dr. Alivisatos has previously been recognized for his accomplishments with awards such as the Dan David Prize, the US National Medal of Science, the Wolf Prize in Chemistry, the Wilhelm Exner Medal, the Welch Award in Chemistry, the Spiers Memorial Award, Axion Award, 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 US National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the US National Academy of Inventors.

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.