Welcome to the Nuzzo Research Group

The Nuzzo Research Group is primarily a graduate and post-doctoral research laboratory committed to the academic and professional development of its students.

Our research aims are multi-faceted, including projects as diverse as physical analysis of nanoparticles, imaging fundamental surface properties of electrochemical materials, lithographic device fabrication for light collection applications, and direct-write printing biocompatible and actuatable materials for tissue engineering.

About Ralph

Ralph G. Nuzzo is the G. L. Clark Professor of Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he also holds an appointment as a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering. In 2014 he was appointed as an affiliated member of the Faculty at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm Sweden. He is a Visiting Associate in Applied Physics and Materials Science at The California Institute of Technology where he serves as the Director of the Department of Energy Light-Materials Interactions in Energy Conversion Energy Frontier Research Center.

Professor Nuzzo received an AB degree with High Honors and Highest Distinction in Chemistry from Rutgers College in 1976 and earned a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1980. He accepted the position of Member of Technical Staff in

Materials Research at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ in 1980, where he was named a Distinguished Member of the Staff in Research in 1987. In 1991 he jouned the faculty at the University of Illinois.

He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Chemical Society, the American Vacuum Society, and the Royal Society of Chemistry. His awards include the Forschungspreis of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in 2011, co-recipient of the George E. Smith Award of the IEEE in 2008, co-recipient of the Wall Street Journal Innovators Award for Semiconductors in 2006, and the Adamson Award of the American Chemical Society in 2003. He currently serves as a member of numerous advisory boards and is a co-founder of Semprius—a company commercializing high performance electronics for grid scale photovoltaic electrical energy generation.


Our research group continues collaborations with many researchers on and off the U of I campus.

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