Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University
Alán Aspuru-Guzik is a pioneering chemist working on next generation solar technology. Aspuru-Guzik blends quantum mechanics with theoretical chemistry to better understand how plants absorb energy from the sun so that we can develop cheaper and more efficient photovoltaics.
In 2008, he founded the Clean Energy Project at Harvard to simulate chemistry on computers across a global grid to discover the best molecules for organic photovoltaics, fuel cells and energy storage technologies. After studying chemistry in Mexico, Aspuru-Guzik received his PhD from University of California Berkeley in 2004. For the last five years, he has been a professor at Harvard. Recently, MIT’s Technology Review named Aspuru-Guzik one of the 35 Top Innovators Under 35 for his outstanding career accomplishments. He has received numerous awards recognizing his academic potential and early successes, including the HP Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, Everett Mendelsohn Excellence in Mentoring Award at Harvard, and the Young Faculty Award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.