His research program explores the use of nanostructured material architectures for solar energy conversion. From 1996 to 2006, he was a research staff member at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York investigating using polymer self-assembly for fabrication of high-performance semiconductor electronics. During his career, he has also performed experimental research in low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy, single-electron tunneling devices, superconductivity in metal nanoparticles, nanocrystal-based electronic devices, and ferroelectric non-volatile memories. He earned his doctorate in physics from Harvard University and bachelor’s in physics and mathematics from Vanderbilt University. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society, a member of the Board of Directors of the Materials Research Society, and a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
He is a staff scientist in inorganic nanomaterials at the Molecular Foundry, a DOE national user facility for nanomaterials fabrication and research located at Berkeley Lab. He specializes in approaches to blend organic and inorganic components into a hybrid system for greater structural variety in specialized materials. He earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Stanford University and his B.S. in Chemistry from Butler University.
As the Chemical Sciences Division director of Strategic Initiatives and Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP) deputy director, she leads technical research and development program design and management, both foundational and applied, in semiconductor and energy science and technology arenas. She is broadly experienced in characterization of complex materials systems using solid state and gas phase methods and modeling of materials transformations, as well as process innovation, development, and root cause analysis, particularly for nanoscale modifications. Prior to joining Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, she managed materials development for the startup InVisage Technologies and handled materials research, business planning, and research alliances at IBM’s Almaden Research Center.
Dr. Lin Zhou received her Materials Science and Engineering Ph. D. in 2006 from Arizona State University, and then worked in the Physics Department as an assistant research scientist till she joined Ames Lab in 2012. Dr. Zhou is currently an associate scientist in Ames Lab and an adjunct faculty of Materials Science and Engineering department at Iowa State University. She also provides scientific oversight on staff/postdocs and instruments in the Sensitive Instrument Facility in Ames Lab. Dr. Zhou’s research focuses on understanding structure-property relationship down to atomic level, as well as exploring mechanism and dynamic of phase transitions, induced by heat/cooling, magnetic field, electric biasing, and mechanical force, using advanced in situ electron-beam related techniques. The materials systems that Dr. Zhou is interested in include magnetic alloys, two-dimensional materials, ferroelectric oxides and semiconductor thin films.
After graduating from the University of Florida in 2004 with a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, Dr. Aaron L. Washington, II completed his PhD in Inorganic Chemistry with specialization in material science. As of April 2009, Dr. Washington joined the Advanced Characterization and Processing (ACP) group at SRNL and is currently a principal scientist and former manager in the same group. He is currently involved with material development for multiple applications including radiological sensors, nuclear waste storage, additive manufacturing for nuclear material disposal, nuclear Deactivation & Decommissioning (D&D), organic based nuclear sensors, and nuclear waste treatment strategies. Additionally, he recently led a group with 3 post-doctoral researchers (3 former postdocs are now full time), 7 peer PhD scientists, a bachelor’s scientist, 3 managers, and 2-4 interns in interdisciplinary research and program development. Dr. Washington has more than 20+ peer reviewed manuscripts, 30+ technical reports, and more than 15 presentations at national conferences and meetings. Dr. Washington also has 4 patents issued and 7 additional patents currently in process. Dr. Washington was a 2014 recipient of the Laboratory Director’s Award for Early Career Exceptional Achievement and the 2016 Laboratory Director’s Award for Exceptional Achievement. Dr. Washington has also recently received his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification as of July 2017.
Dr. Washington currently serves on multiple committees both at SRNL and in the Aiken community. These include the Conduct of R&D safety council, Diversity Board of Directors for SRNS, and the former Board of Directors Chairman and current member for Habitat for Humanity. He is an also an Adjunct Professor at USC Aiken in the chemistry department.
As a Materials Sciences Division staff scientist and Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP) principal investigator (PI), he leads research into the fundamental electronic and transport characteristics of photovoltaic materials, develops new photoanodes and photocathodes based on abundant elements for solar fuels production, and discovers new oxide and sulfide-based transparent conductors. As the PI of Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs) with companies, such as Intel, Applied Materials, and Seagate, he has extensive experience in tech transfer and collaborations with industry. He is frequently invited to speak at international conferences and has published over 270 papers in refereed journals.
He is a Materials Sciences Division Senior Scientist and the Director of the Center for X-ray Optics. He has a 20-year track record of working with industry in the area of x-ray diffractive optics, optical coatings, filters and detectors and developing large scale research and development instruments for EUV mask and materials research. Patrick is invited frequently to speak at international conferences and has published over 270 papers in refereed journals. In addition, he holds 19 Patents and is a Fellow of both OSA and SPIE.
He is the facility director for Nanofabrication at the Molecular Foundry, a DOE national user facility for nanomaterials fabrication and research located at Berkeley Lab. He applies his experience in nanophotonics and plasmonics fabrication and characterization to the development of new lithographic tools and processes. He collaborates with industry partners and fellow researchers to advance nanofabrication, thin film deposition, and electron beam lithography technologies, among others.
His research spans computational and experimental materials science across fields, including solar energy, energy storage, and energy conversion. Much work has focused on the electronic, optical, and optoelectronic properties of semiconductors and nanostructures, emphasizing the relationships among defects, electronic structure, surface/interface effects, and device performance with a theme of enabling materials by design. He employs advanced predictive materials modeling methods in conjunction with advanced synthesis and characterization techniques. At Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), he leads a team of about a dozen computational materials scientists as the deputy group leader of the Quantum Simulations Group and oversees collaborations with experimental groups both internal and external to LLNL. He was a LLNL fellow and Scowcroft National Security fellow at LLNL, and a Hertz Fellow at Stanford where he received his doctorate. He was recently elected a young leader of The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS).