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Jeff Neaton

Jeff Neaton

Director, Molecular Foundry


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Jeffrey B. Neaton is Director of the Molecular Foundry, a Department of Energy Nanoscale Science Research Center. He is also the Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Sciences and a Senior Faculty Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Professor of Physics at UC Berkeley, and member of the Kavli Energy NanoSciences Institute at Berkeley. He received his Ph.D. in physics from Cornell University in 2000. After a postdoc at Rutgers University, and after having worked at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as a postdoc and staff scientist at the Molecular Foundry, he became Director in 2013. Neaton has received a Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Outstanding Achievement Award in 2007 and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2009. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society, serves on its Division of Materials Physics executive committee, and is a Division Associate Editor for Physical Review Letters. Often taking place in close collaboration with experiments, Neaton’s current research emphasizes the development and use of ab initio and analytical methods for the understanding of complex and correlated condensed phases of organic and inorganic solids, nanostructures, and interfaces; electronic excited state phenomena, including quasiparticle and optical excitations; weak interactions in nanoporous materials; and low-dimensional transport behavior, particularly in single-molecule junctions. An important context for his research of late has been renewable energy, where novel materials, excited states, oxides, organics, and interfaces feature prominently.