Matt Law

Assistant Professor, Chemistry
School of Physical Sciences

Joint Appointment, Chemical Engineering & Materials Science
The Henry Samueli School of Engineering

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2006, Chemistry

B.A., Wesleyan University, 1999, Chemistry

B.A., Wesleyan University, 1999, Government

Phone: 949-824-5996
Fax: 949-824-8571

University of California, Irvine
Department of Chemistry
2127 Natural Sciences II
Mail Code: 2025
Irvine, CA 92697

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Polymer, Materials, Nanoscience; Physical Chemistry and Chemical Physics; Inorganic and Organometallic
URL Law Group Website
Sloan Research Fellow, 2013

Distinguished Assistant Professor for Research at UC Irvine, 2012

Department of Energy Early Career Research Program Award, 2010

IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists, 2006

ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry Young Investigator, 2005

ITRI Research Center Fellow, 2005 & 2006
Appointments Postdoctoral Fellow, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), 2006-2008
Nanomaterials offer great potential to deliver breakthroughs in the efficiency, cost and scalability of devices that produce electricity or fuels from sunlight. Our laboratory develops solar energy conversion and storage devices built from 0D, 1D and 2D nanoscale materials, integrating materials synthesis and fundamental opto-electronic characterization with device fabrication, testing, modeling and optimization.

We currently have projects on the following topics:

1. earth-abundant thin-film photovoltaics, including iron pyrite
2. quantum dot solar cells
3. photoelectrochemical water splitting and solar fuels
4. synthesis and assembly of semiconductor nanocrystals, nanorods and nanowires
5. surface chemistry of nanomaterials
Publications Hu, J., Zhang, Y. N., Law, M., Wu, R. Q.
Increasing the band gap of iron pyrite by alloying with oxygen.
JACS 134, 13216-13219 (2012).
  Berry, N., Cheng, M., Perkins, C. L., Limpinsel, M., Hemminger, J. C., Law, M.
Atmospheric-pressure chemical vapor deposition of iron pyrite thin films.
Advanced Energy Materials 2, 1124-1135 (2012).
  Hu, J., Zhang, Y. N., Law, M., Wu, R. Q.
First-principles studies of the electronic properties of native and substitutional anionic defects in bulk iron pyrite.
Physical Review B 85, 085203 (2012).
  Zhang, Y. N., Hu, J., Law, M., Wu, R. Q.
The effect of surface stoichiometry on the band gap of the pyrite FeS2(100) surface.
Physical Review B 85, 085314 (2012).
  Ihly, R., Tolentino, J., Liu, Y., Gibbs, M., Law, M.
The photothermal stability of PbS quantum dot solids.
ACS Nano 5, 8175-8186 (2011).
  Liu, Y., Tolentino, J., Gibbs, M., Ihly, R., Perkins, C. L., Liu, Y., Crawford, N., Hemminger, J. C., Law, M.
PbSe quantum dot field-effect transistors with air-stable electron mobilities above 7 cm2 V-1 s-1.
Nano Letters, ASAP (2013).
  Choi, S. G., Hu, J., Abdallah, L. S., Limpinsel, M., Zhang, Y. N., Zollner, S., Wu, R. Q., Law, M.
Pseudodielectric function and critical point energies of iron pyrite.
Physical Review B 86, 115207 (2012).
  Liu, Y., Gibbs, M., Perkins, C. L., Zarghami, M. H., Bustamante, Jr., J., Law, M.
Robust, functional nanocrystal solids by infilling with atomic layer deposition.
Nano Letters 11, 5349-5355 (2011).
  Seefeld, S., Limpinsel, M., Liu, Y., Farhi, N., Zhang, Y. N., Berry, N., Kwon, Y. J., Perkins, C. L., Hemminger, J. C., Wu, R. Q., Law, M.
Iron pyrite thin films synthesized from an Fe(acac)3 ink.
JACS, ASAP (2013).
  Puthussery, J., Seefeld, S., Berry, N., Gibbs, M., Law, M.
Colloidal iron pyrite (FeS2) nanocrystal inks for thin film photovoltaics.
JACS, 133, 716-719 (2011).
  Liu, Y., Gibbs, M., Puthussery, J., Gaik, S., Ihly, R., Hillhouse, H. W., Law, M.
Dependence of carrier mobility on nanocrystal size and ligand length in PbSe nanocrystal solids.
Nano Letters 10, 1960-1969 (2010).
  Zarghami, M. H., Liu, Y., Gibbs, M., Gebremichael, E., Webster, C., Law, M.
p-Type PbSe and PbS quantum dot solids prepared with short-chain acids and diacids.
ACS Nano 4, 2475-2485 (2010).
  Law, M., Beard, M. C., Choi, S., Luther, J. M., Hanna, M. C., Nozik, A. J.
Determining the internal quantum efficiency of PbSe nanocrystal solar cells with the aid of an optical model
Nano Letters 8, 3904-3910 (2008).
  Luther, J. M., Law, M., Song, Q., Reese, M. O., Beard, M. C., Ellingson, R. C., Nozik, A. J.
Schottky solar cells based on colloidal nanocrystal films
Nano Letters 8, 3488-3492 (2008).
Grants DOE SunShot
DOE Early Career
Research Centers Irvine Center for Solar Energy
Laboratory for Electron and X-ray Instrumentation
Center for Advanced Solar Photophysics (CASP)
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