University of California Appoints Paul Alivisatos Director of Berkeley Lab
Acting on the recommendation of UC President Mark Yudof and with the concurrence of the U.S. Department of Energy, the Regents appointed Alivisatos the seventh director of Berkeley Lab
Information Announcement Courtesy of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
The University of California Board of Regents on Nov. 19 named Paul Alivisatos director of the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, which is managed by the university. The appointment takes effect immediately. Alivisatos replaces Steven Chu, who was sworn in as U.S. Secretary of Energy in January 2009.
The Board of Regents named Alivisatos interim director of Berkeley Lab in January 2009. Since his appointment, Alivisatos has successfully led the laboratory in obtaining more than $220 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Alivisatos is a leader of Berkeley Lab's Helios solar research initiative, where he is spearheading ground-breaking research on artificial photosynthesis and photovoltaic technology through the creation of nano-inspired devices.
Alivisatos is a scientific founder of Quantum Dot Corp. and Nanosys Inc., and a board member of Solexant Inc. Alivisatos is the founding editor of Nano Letters, a publication of the American Chemical Society. Alivisatos holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from UC Berkeley and a bachelor of arts in chemistry from the University of Chicago.
Berkeley Lab performs research in nanoscience and advanced materials, life sciences, computing, energy and Earth sciences, physics, and cosmology. It also operates a homeland security office dedicated to leveraging fundamental scientific research to develop methods for ensuring the safety of our country.