graduated, with honors, from the University of Chicago where he
received a B.A. in Chemistry. After graduating from the University of
Chicago, he received a Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from the University of
California at Berkeley in 1986.
then went to work with Dr. Louis Brus at AT & T Bell labs where he
remained until 1988.
tenure at AT&T Bell labs, Dr. Alivisatos joined the Berkeley
faculty as an Assistant professor of Chemistry in 1988. He was named
Associate professor of Chemistry in 1993, and became a full professor
of chemistry in 1995. He was also given the prestigious honor of being
named Chancellor’s Professor of Chemistry from 1998 to 2001. In 1999 he
was named professor of Materials Science.
In addition to
his faculty appointments, Professor Alivisatos is Associate Laboratory
Director for Physical Sciences at the Lawrence Berkeley National
Laboratory (LBNL), and Director of the Materials Sciences Division at
In the private
sector, Dr. Alivisatos is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Nano
Letters, a journal of the American Chemical Society, as well as the
scientific founder of the Quantum Dot Corporation.
His 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.