Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Professor of Bioengineering
BA, Creative Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1991
PhD, Chemistry, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1997


  • Biotechnology
  • Energy Storage
  • Nanotechnology
  • Polymers


Angela Belcher is a materials chemist with expertise in biomaterials, biomolecular materials, organic-inorganic interfaces and solid-state chemistry. Her work focuses on evolving organisms to build new materials and devices for clean energy, electronics, the environment and medicine. She received the B.S. in Creative Studies and the Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Dr. Belcher was awarded the 24th annual MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, and the 2004 Four Star General Recognition Award. In 2006 she was named Scientific American’s Research Leader of the Year. Her work has been published in many prestigious scientific journals including Science and Nature, and has been reported in the popular press including Fortune, Forbes, Discover, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.

Robert H. Richards, the first department head, appears in The Technologists, a 2012 novel by Matthew Pearl.