Matt Law

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Associate Professor, Chemistry
School of Physical Sciences

Associate Professor, 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
Research Interests
Polymer, Materials, Nanoscience; Physical Chemistry and Chemical Physics; Inorganic and Organometallic
Academic Distinctions
UCI Chancellor’s Fellow, 2015
Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher (2002-2012), 2014
Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research, 2014
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
Postdoctoral Fellow, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), 2006-2008
Research Abstract
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. quantum dot solids and devices
2. photoelectrochemical water splitting and solar fuels
3. earth-abundant thin-film photovoltaics, including iron pyrite
4. plasmonic photocatalysis
5. surface chemistry of nanomaterials
Abelson, A., Qian, C., Salk, T., Luan, Z., Fu, K., Zheng, J.-G., Wardini, J. L., Law, M. Collective topo-epitaxy in the self-assembly of a 3D quantum dot superlattice. Nature Materials DOI: 10.1038/s41563-019-0485-2 (2019).
Luan, Z., Salk, T., Abelson, A., Jean, S.,* Law, M. Reversible aggregation of covalently cross-linked gold nanocrystals by linker oxidation. Journal of Physical Chemistry C 123, 23643-23654 (2019).
Wang, Y., Peng, X., Abelson, A., Xiao, P., Qian, C., Yu, L., Ophus, C., Ercius, P., Wang, L.-W., Law, M., Zheng, H. Dynamic deformability of individual PbSe nanocrystals during superlattice phase transitions. Science Advances 5, eaaw5623 (2019).
Nair, V., Perkins, C. L., Lin, Q., Law, M. Textured nanoporous Mo:BiVO4 photoanodes with high charge transport and charge transfer quantum efficiencies for oxygen evolution. Energy & Environmental Science 9, 1412-1429 (2016).
Limpinsel, M., Farhi, N., Berry, N., Lindemuth, J., Perkins, C. L., Lin, Q., Law, M. An inversion layer at the surface of n-type iron pyrite. Energy & Environmental Science 7, 1974-1989 (2014).
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 13, 1578-1587 (2013).
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).
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).
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).
DOE SunShot
DOE Early Career
UCOP Lab Fees
Research Centers
Irvine Materials Research Institute
UC Solar
Chemistry at the Space-Time Limit
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