Dr. Loucas Tsakalakos received his BS degree (1995) from Rutgers University, and his MS (1998) and PhD (2000) degrees in Materials Science & Engineering (with minors in Solid State Physics and Microelectromechanical Systems) from the University of California, Berkeley. His expertise is in the integration of heterogeneous thin film and nanostructured materials systems for micro and nano device applications, and also has extensive experience in the characterization of materials. Since joining GE Global Research in 2000, Dr. Tsakalakos has designed and implemented integrated electronic and sensor systems for defense applications, studied cathode materials for lighting applications, and is a founding team member of GE’s Nanotechnology Program. He has more than 7 years experience in program management, including as a Principal Investigator for NIST ATP and DARPA-funded programs. His current research is focused on development of nanostructured materials and devices, primarily using nanowires/tubes., and in recent years has focused on applying nanotechnology to photovoltaics. Dr. Tsakalakos has also performed research in the fields of nanobiotechnology and bio-electronics. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi (The National Engineering Honor Society); the author or co-author of 23 journal, conference proceedings, and book chapter publications; and holds five U.S. patents. He has given over 20 invited presentations and sits on the program committee of several nanotechnology and cleantech-related conferences.
Chairing the Symposium on Photovoltaics.