Dr. Vincent Holmberg joins the Chemical Engineering faculty as Assistant Professor, adding to the array of expertise in ChemE. Vincent comes to us from Switzerland’s ETH Zürich, where he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Optical Materials Engineering Laboratory.
Vincent’s research focuses on the synthesis, application and integration of nanomaterials. His laboratory is devoted to the large-scale production of nanowires and nanocrystals, with an emphasis on colloidal nanomaterials synthesized by scalable solution-based and supercritical fluid-based processes. He also plans to use advanced in situ electron microscopy techniques to study transformations and dynamic processes in nanomaterials, directly within the electron microscope. Vincent hopes that this platform will generate valuable insights into nanomaterial dynamics, and eventually lead to the development of a new class of fabrics, fibers, and other macroscopic materials built from assemblies of nanostructures.
Vincent received his Ph.D. and M.S.E. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and B.Ch.E. in Chemical Engineering and B.S. in Chemistry from University of Minnesota. He is a recipient of numerous awards including the Hertz Thesis Prize for his dissertation (1 of 48 awarded in the United States over the last 30 years), the ISASF PhD Thesis Award, Marie Curie ETH Zürich Postdoctoral Fellowship, Hertz Fellowship, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, MRS Graduate Student Gold Award, and the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.