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Fleming named LBNL Deputy Director

Alivisatos appointed Associate Lab Director on the hill

Contact: Ron Kolb, LBNL

Chemistry professor Graham Fleming

Graham Fleming, the internationally recognized spectroscopist and chemistry professor, has been tapped by LBNL Director Steve Chu to be his deputy director.

“Graham will be working closely with me on scientific policy and program development,” said Chu, “as well as on more fully integrating operations and administration activities with the scientific programs. He will play a critical role in the Laboratory’s new organization, and I am delighted that someone of his extraordinary talents and ability has agreed to accept [the appointment].”

A distinguished researcher, teacher and administrator since 1997, Fleming is a world leader in the field of time-resolved spectroscopy. His campus service has included positions as co-director of the California Institute for Quantitative Biomedical Research (QB3), and faculty lead and advisor to the chancellor on the Stanley Hall replacement building.

The British-born scientist received his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of London in 1974 and completed various research fellowships prior to joining the University of Chicago faculty in 1979. In 1997 he was appointed professor of chemistry at UC Berkeley and division director of Berkeley Lab’s Physical Biosciences Division. He was appointed associate director of Physical Sciences in 2001. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society in England.

Paul Alivisatos (right) with Steve Chu at a recent nanotech forum.

In addition, chemistry professor Paul Alivisatos has been appointed as a new Associate Laboratory Director (ALD). Alivisatos, who has served as Materials Sciences division director since 2003 and heads the Lab’s Molecular Foundry project, will be ALD for Physical Sciences. In that role, he will oversee and coordinate responsibilities for the Advanced Light Source, Chemical Sciences, Environmental Energy Technologies, Physical Biosciences, and Materials Sciences divisions.

Alivisatos is recognized internationally as one of the “fathers” of nanoscience. He joined the Laboratory staff in 1991 and has been instrumental in developing the concept and program for the Molecular Foundry.

“Paul’s distinguished record, which includes membership in the National Academy of Sciences, will be of great benefit to the Laboratory as we chart our ambitious course in these fields,” Chu said.

Alivisatos received his B.A. degree from the University of Chicago in 1981 and his Ph.D. in 1986 from UC Berkeley. After two years of postdoctoral work at AT&T Bell Labs, he returned to Berkeley in 1988 and rose through the ranks to become professor of chemistry in 1995, Chancellor’s Professor from 1998 to 2001, and professor of materials science and engineering in 1999. He is a world leader in the synthesis, characterization, and understanding of semiconductor and metal nanocrystals, and was among the first to publish results in this field more than a decade ago. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

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