Angela Belcher




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.

Selected Publications

“Virus-templated Self-assembled Single-walled Carbon Nanotubes for Highly Efficient Electron Collection in Photovoltaic Devices,” Nature Nanotechnology 6, 377–384, 2011 (with others).

“Highly Efficient Plasmon-Enhanced Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells through Metal @ Oxide Core-Shell Nanostructure,” ACS Nano  5, 7108-7116, 2011 (with others).

“Biologically Templated Photocatalytic Nanostructures for Sustained Light-driven Water Oxidation,” Nature Nanotechnology 5, 340-4, 2010 (with others).

“Fabricating Genetically Engineered High-Power Lithium Ion Batteries Using Multiple Virus Genes," Science 324, 1051, 2009 (with others).

“Virus Enabled Synthesis and Assembly of Nanowires for Lithium Ion Battery Electrodes,” Science 312, 885-888, 2006 (with others).

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CERA Week updates
The energy conference IHS CERAWeek took place last week in Houston.
March 14, 2014
Making Stuff series continues on NOVA, PBS
PBS continues its series Making Stuff on NOVA. Professor Angela Belcher was interviewed for the episode to air on October 23. Tune in and check it out!
October 23, 2013
Professor Angela Belcher wins the Lemelson-MIT Prize
Professor Angela Belcher has been named the recipient of the Lemeslon-MIT Prize. Congratulations, Professor Belcher!  
June 4, 2013
Award Announcements for Profs. Belcher and Chiang
Congratulations to Professor Angela Belcher, winner of the Boston Museum of Science Walker Prize! The pri
November 15, 2012
Prof. Belcher to participate in Science Café
On Tuesday evening, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. Cary Memorial Library will become the first public library in Massachusetts to introduce the concept of Science Cafés.
October 19, 2012
Professor Angela Belcher named to American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Please congratulate Professor Belcher who has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
April 25, 2012
Professor Angela Belcher interviewed by WGBH Innovation Hub
Proessor Belcher discussed her work with nanotechnology on Innovation Hub.
February 18, 2012
Businessweek profiles Prof. Angela Belcher
Learn more about Professor Angela Belcher's research interests, which started with abalone and progressed to solar cells, from this
February 18, 2012
News Office coverage of Energy Research at MIT
Power UP, a series of articles on energy research at MIT, mentions DMSE researchers performing work on sola
October 27, 2011