Lester Wolfe Professor of Chemistry
MIT Department of Chemistry
Professor Moungi Bawendi received his A.B. in 1982 from Harvard University and his Ph.D. in chemistry in 1988 from The University of Chicago. This was followed by two years of postdoctoral research at Bell Laboratories, working with Dr. Louis Brus, where Bawendi began his studies on nanomaterials. Bawendi joined the faculty at MIT in 1990, becoming Associate Professor in 1995 and Professor in 1996.
Bawendi has followed an interdisciplinary research program that aims at probing the science and developing the technology of chemically synthesized nanocrystals and other nanostructures. This work has included the development of novel methods for synthesizing, characterizing, and processing quantum dots, magnetic nanoparticles, and tubular J-aggregates as novel materials building blocks. His group has studied the fundamental optical and magnetic properties of nanocrystals using a variety of spectroscopic methods, including the development of optical tools to study single nanocrystals. His students have incorporated quantum dots and magnetic nanoparticles into various optical and electronic device structures to study their device properties. His laboratory has developed applications of quantum dots in biological and biomedical imaging and sensing, in light emitting devices, photo detection, and solar energy conversion. Applications based on the science from his laboratory have been transferred to a number of companies for commercialization. Professor Bawendi has also translated knowledge gained in his laboratory to the clinic: technology developed in his laboratory is now undergoing clinical trials in the context of identifying left over cancer at the margins during surgery.
Professor Bawendi has won awards his work. Among these are the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Prize in the Physical Sciences, the EO Lawrence award in Materials Chemistry from the US Department of Energy, and the American Chemical Society Award in Colloid and Surface Chemistry. Bawendi is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the US National Academy of Sciences.