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REDEFINING A UNICORN – ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST
Our goal at UC Berkeley is to identify major research and developments in the areas of science and engineering, and create a genuine link with areas of the social sciences and humanities. We view Art and Design as an innovative resource for imagining the future of our global society, and for fostering humanistic values in an age of advanced engineering, science and technology.
As Vice Chancellor for Research, Dr. Paul Alivisatos leads UC Berkeley’s research policy, planning and administration of over 50 campus research organizations, encompassing industry relations, intellectual property, research compliance, communications and support for the UC Berkeley campus.
Throughout his career, Dr. Alivisatos has been devoted to innovation and enhancing opportunities for commercial applications of groundbreaking research. He applied key applications of nanocrystals in biological imaging and renewable energy, and subsequently founded two prominent nanotechnology companies, Nanosys and Quantum Dot Corp (now part of Life Tech).
He was founding director of the Molecular Foundry, a U.S. Department of Energy's Nanoscale Science Research Center, and is the founding editor of Nano Letters, a leading scientific publication in nanoscience. He is currently UC Berkeley's Samsung Distinguished Professor of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology; he directs the Kavli Energy NanoScience Institute (ENSI), and holds professorships in both the materials science and chemistry departments.
Dr. Alivisatos’ work has been recognized with numerous prestigious awards, such as the National Medal of Science, the Wolf Prize in Chemistry, the Linus Pauling Medal, the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award, the Eni Italgas Prize for Energy and Environment, the Rank Prize for Optoelectronics, the American Chemical Society Awards for Materials Chemistry and for Colloid and Surface Science, and the Von Hippel Award of the Materials Research Society. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Dr. Alivisatos received a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry in 1981 from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from UC Berkeley in 1986. He began his career with UC Berkeley at LBNL in 1988.