Ralph G. Nuzzo

Ralph G. Nuzzo, G. L. Clark Professor of Chemistry; Director, LMI-EFRC; Visiting Associate in Applied Physics and Materials Science, Caltech

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and California Institute of Technology

Ralph G. Nuzzo is the Director of the LMI-EFRC, appointed in 2015. He is the G. L. Clark Professor of Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a faculty he joined in 1991 and where he also holds an appointment as a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering. He also is a Visiting Associate in Applied Physics and Materials Science at the California Institute of Technology.  Dr. Nuzzo received an AB degree with High Honors and Highest Distinction in Chemistry from Rutgers College in 1976 and earned a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1980. He accepted the position of Member of Technical Staff in Materials Research at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ in 1980, where he was named a Distinguished Member of the Staff in Research in 1987. He joined the Illinois faculty in 1991. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Chemical Society, the World Innovation Foundation, and the American Vacuum Society. He awards include the Forschungspreis of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in 2011, co-recipient of the George E. Smith Award of the IEEE in 2008, the Wall Street Journal Innovators Award for Semiconductors in 2006, and the Adamson Award of the American Chemical Society in 2003 for original discoveries leading to the development of self-assembled monolayers. He currently serves as a Senior Editor of Langmuir as well as a member of numerous advisory boards for both public and private entities. He is a cofounder of Semprius—a company developing new forms of high performance electronics.