John D. MacArthur Distinguished Service Professor
Department of Chemistry, Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering, and the College
President of the University of Chicago
Paul Alivisatos is the 14th president of the University of Chicago. A preeminent scientist and entrepreneur, he has made pioneering research breakthroughs in nanomaterials, as well as contributions to the fundamental physical chemistry of nanocrystals. His research accomplishments include studies of the scaling laws governing the optical, electrical, structural, and thermodynamic properties of nanocrystals. He developed methods for synthesizing size- and shape-controlled nanocrystals, and preparing branched, hollow, nested, and segmented nanocrystals. In his research, he has demonstrated key applications of nanocrystals in biological imaging and renewable energy. His inventions are widely used in biomedicine and QLED TV displays, and his scientific advances have yielded more than 50 patents.
Alivisatos has been recognized with the National Medal of Science, Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award, Wolf Prize in Chemistry, Dan David Prize, Von Hippel Award, Linus Pauling Medal, Eni Award for Energy and Environment, Wilhelm Exner Medal, Priestley Medal, BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Basic Sciences, and National Academy of Sciences Award in Chemical Sciences. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and American Philosophical Society.
Alivisatos received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Chicago and his PhD in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. Most recently, he served as the executive vice chancellor and provost of the University of California, Berkeley, where he was also the Samsung Distinguished Professor in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and founding director of the Kavli Energy NanoScience Institute. He also served as director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory from 2009 to 2016.