Nanotechnology and Renewable Energy
One of the most important applications of nanotechnology might be in the area of renewable energy. As scientists today confront the problem of how to harvest the energy of sunlight, there is increasing interest in learning how to emulate the nanoscale structures of light-harvesting systems in plants. Such advanced applications of nanotechnology may yield robust, efficient, and scalable renewable energy systems in the future.
Professor Alivisatos's research focuses on the structural, thermodynamic, optical, and electrical properties of colloidal inorganic nanocrystals. He investigates the fundamental physical and chemical properties of nanocrystals and also works to develop practical applications of these new materials in biomedicine and renewable energy.
Dr. Armand Paul Alivisatos is the University of California (UC) Berkeley's Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost and Samsung Distinguished Professor of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. 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. 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.
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.
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