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June 2014

Xiang Zhang Appointed Director of Materials Sciences Division


Xiang Zhang has been appointed Director of the Lab’s Materials Sciences Division, effective¬†1 July 2014. He has been a long-time Foundry user since the building opened in 2006.

Xiang is the Ernest S. Kuh Endowed Chaired Professor at UC Berkeley and has served in the past ten years as the Director of NSF Nano-scale Science and Engineering Center (SINAM).

Xiang received his Ph.D from UC Berkeley in 1996. He was an assistant professor at Pennsylvania State University (1996-1999), as well as an associate professor and full professor at UCLA (1999-2004) prior to joining UC Berkeley faculty in 2004.

His research focuses on light-matter interactions, materials physics and photonics. His research was selected by Time Magazine as one of “Top Ten Scientific Discoveries of the Year” and “50 Best Inventions of the Year” in 2008, Discover Magazine’s “Top 100 Science Stories” in 2007, and R&D Magazine’s top 25 of the Most Innovative Products in 2006.

Xiang is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and a Fellow of APS OSA, AAAS, and SPIE. Xiang’s other honors include the Fitzroy Medal, Fred Kavli Distinguished Lectureship, Rohsenow Lecturer at MIT and William Reynolds Lecturer at Stanford, as well as NSF CAREER award and ONR Young Investigator award.