Professor Paul Alivisatos, the University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA, has received the 2021 Priestley Medal, the highest honor of the American Chemical Society (ACS). The prize is awarded annually to recognize distinguished services to chemistry.
Paul Alivisatos is honored for “pioneering work in nanomaterials and service to the science community”. The award was presented at the online ACS Spring 2021 National Meeting & Expo on April 9, 2021.
Paul Alivisatos was born in Chicago, IL, USA, in 1959. In 1981, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in chemistry from the University of Chicago. In 1986, he received a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), USA, and then moved to AT&T Bell Labs, USA, where he began research in nanotechnology. In 1988, Paul Alivisatos became an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at UC Berkeley. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1993 and to Full Professor in 1995. He was Chancellor’s Professor from 1998 to 2001, and was appointed Professor of Materials Science and Engineering in 1999.
From 2005 to 2007, Alivisatos was Berkeley Labs Associate Laboratory Director for Physical Sciences, in 2008 he was Deputy Laboratory Director under Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) Director Steven Chu, and when Chu resigned to become Secretary of Energy, Alivisatos became Interim Director. In 2009, he became director of Berkeley Lab.
Currently, he is Samsung Distinguished Professor of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and a professor of chemistry and materials science and engineering at UC Berkeley, as well as the university’s executive vice chancellor and provost. He is director emeritus of Berkeley Lab.
Among many other awards, Paul Alivisatos received the Linus Pauling Medal in 2011, the Von Hippel Award in 2011, the Wolf Prize in Chemistry in 2014, the National Medal of Science, USA, in 2014, and the ACS Award in the Chemistry of Materials in 2014. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, USA.
- Dynamic lattice distortions driven by surface trapping in semiconductor nanocrystals,
Burak Guzelturk, Benjamin L. Cotts, Dipti Jasrasaria, John P. Philbin, David A. Hanifi, Brent A. Koscher, Arunima D. Balan, Ethan Curling, Marc Zajac, Suji Park, Nuri Yazdani, Clara Nyby, Vladislav Kamysbayev, Stefan Fischer, Zach Nett, Xiaozhe Shen, Michael E. Kozina, Ming-Fu Lin, Alexander H. Reid, Stephen P. Weathersby, Richard D. Schaller, Vanessa Wood, Xijie Wang, Jennifer A. Dionne, Dmitri V. Talapin, A. Paul Alivisatos, Alberto Salleo, Eran Rabani, Aaron M. Lindenberg,
Nature Communications 2021.
- Bright Infrared‐to‐Ultraviolet/Visible Upconversion in Small Alkaline Earth‐Based Nanoparticles with Biocompatible CaF2 Shells,
Stefan Fischer, Chris Siefe, Dayne F. Swearer, Claire A. McLellan, A. Paul Alivisatos, Jennifer A. Dionne,
Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2020, 59, 21603–21612.
- Atomically thin two-dimensional organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites,
L. Dou, A. B. Wong, Y. Yu, M. Lai, N. Kornienko, S. W. Eaton, A. Fu, C. G. Bischak, J. Ma, T. Ding, N. S. Ginsberg, L.-W. Wang, A. P. Alivisatos, P. Yang,
Science 2015, 349, 1518–1521.
- Highly Luminescent Colloidal Nanoplates of Perovskite Cesium Lead Halide and Their Oriented Assemblies,
Yehonadav Bekenstein, Brent A. Koscher, Samuel W. Eaton, Peidong Yang, A. Paul Alivisatos,
Journal of the American Chemical Society 2015, 137, 16008–16011.
- High-Resolution EM of Colloidal Nanocrystal Growth Using Graphene Liquid Cells,
Jong Min Yuk, Jungwon Park, Peter Ercius, Kwanpyo Kim, Daniel J. Hellebusch, Michael F. Crommie, Jeong Yong Lee, A. Zettl, A. Paul Alivisatos,
Science 2012, 336, 61–64.
- Localized surface plasmon resonances arising from free carriers in doped quantum dots,
Joseph M. Luther, Prashant K. Jain, Trevor Ewers, A. Paul Alivisatos,
Nature Materials 2011, 10, 361–366.
- Nanoantenna-enhanced gas sensing in a single tailored nanofocus,
Na Liu, Ming L. Tang, Mario Hentschel, Harald Giessen, A. Paul Alivisatos,
Nature Materials 2011, 10, 631–636.
- Observation of Single Colloidal Platinum Nanocrystal Growth Trajectories,
H. Zheng, R. K. Smith, Y.-w. Jun, C. Kisielowski, U. Dahmen, A. P. Alivisatos,
Science 2009, 324, 1309–1312.
- Gold/Iron Oxide Core/Hollow-Shell Nanoparticles,
Elena V. Shevchenko, Maryna I. Bodnarchuk, Maksym V. Kovalenko, Dmitri V. Talapin, Rachel K. Smith, Shaul Aloni, Wolfgang Heiss, A. Paul Alivisatos,
Advanced Materials 2008, 20, 4323–4329.
- Seeded Growth of Highly Luminescent CdSe/CdS Nanoheterostructures with Rod and Tetrapod Morphologies,
Dmitri V. Talapin, James H. Nelson, Elena V. Shevchenko, Shaul Aloni, Bryce Sadtler, A. Paul Alivisatos,
Nano Letters 2007, 7, 2951–2959.
- Colloidal Synthesis of Hollow Cobalt Sulfide Nanocrystals,
Y. Yin, C. K. Erdonmez, A. Cabot, S. Hughes, A. P. Alivisatos,
Advanced Functional Materials 2006, 16, 1389–1399.
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