Levich Institute Seminar Announcement, 10/23/2007
Tuesday, 10/23/2007
2:00 PM
Steinman Hall, Room #312
(Chemical Engineering Conference Room)

Professor Paul Alivisatos
University of California, Berkeley
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

"Nanocrystal Molecules"

[This is a CCNY/Columbia NSF-IGERT Soft Materials seminar]


Over the previous decade, new techniques emerged which permit the synthesis of inorganic nanocrystals with well controlled site and shape and even connectivity (branched) and topology (nested). These nanocrystals exhibit strangely sized dependent properties, and can be considered a type of “artificial atom,” with controlled density of states. Present work is focusing on bringing these “atoms” together to form nanocrystal molecules. Application of nanocrystal molecules in biological imaging and renewable energy will be described.


  • 2005-present Associate Laboratory Director for Physical Sciences
  • 2002-present Director, Materials Sciences Division
  • 2001-2005 Director, Molecular Foundry
  • 1986-1988 Postdoctoral work with Dr. Louis E. Brus, AT∓T Bell Labs
  • 1986 Ph.D. in Chemical Physics, University of California, Berkeley


Professor Alivisatos' research seeks to understand the structural, thermodynamic, optical, and electrical properties of these inorganic crystals of nanometer size. He has received many awards for his contributions to the field of Nanotechnology, the most recent being election into the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts, and the 2005 ACS Award in Colloid and Surface Chemistry.