Alan J. Heeger

Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Distinguished Professor, Physics and Materials


(805) 893.3184
4415 Broida Hall
Department of Physics
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9530


Materials Research Areas: 


Balzan Prize for Science of Non-Biological Materials
Oliver E. Buckley Prize

Research Description: 

Having won the 2000 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Prof. Heeger is the renowned pioneer of semiconducting polymers. His research group continues to study aspects of the science and technology of semiconducting and metallic polymers with focus on high mobility field effect transistors and low cost “plastic” solar cells. Current interests also include biosensors for the detection of specific targeted sequences on DNA, the detection of specific proteins and the detection of biologically relevant small molecules.


B.S. in Physics and Mathematics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Ph.D. in Physics, University of California, Berkeley