- B.A., Chemistry, Franklin and Marshall College
- Ph.D., Chemistry, Stanford University
- Materials & Devices
- Electromagnetics and Nanoelectronics
- Materials Science
Primary Teaching Area
Charles M. Lieber was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1959. He attended Franklin and Marshall College for his undergraduate education and graduated with honors in Chemistry. After doctoral studies at Stanford University and postdoctoral research at the California Institute of Technology, he moved to the East Coast in 1987 to assume a position of Assistant Professor at Columbia University.
Here Lieber embarked upon a new research program addressing the synthesis and properties of low-dimensional materials. He moved to Harvard University in 1991 and now holds a joint appointment in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, as the Mark Hyman Professor of Chemistry, and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
At Harvard, Lieber has pioneered the synthesis of a broad range of nanoscale materials, the characterization of the unique physical properties of these materials and the development of methods of hierarchical assembly of nanoscale wires, together with the demonstration of applications of these materials in nanoelectronics, nanocomputing, biological and chemical sensing, neurobiology and nanophotonics. Lieber has also developed and applied a new chemically sensitive microscopy for probing organic and biological materials at nanometer to molecular scales.
His work has been recognized by a number of awards, including the MRS Fred Kavli Distinguished Lectureship in Nanoscience (2010), Inorganic Nanoscience Award, ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry (2009), Einstein Award, Chinese Academy of Sciences (2008); NBIC Research Excellence Award, University of Pennsylvania (2007); Nanotech Briefs Nano 50 Award (2005); ACS Award in the Chemistry of Materials (2004); World Technology Award in Materials (2004 and 2003); Scientific American 50 Award in Nanotechnology and Molecular Electronics (2003); New York Intellectual Property Law Association Inventor of the Year (2003); APS McGroddy Prize for New Materials (2003); Harrison Howe Award, University of Rochester (2002); MRS Medal (2002); Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology (2001); NSF Creativity Award (1996) and ACS Award in Pure Chemistry (1992).
Lieber is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Fellow of the Materials Research Society, Fellow of the American Chemical Society (Inaugural Class), Honorary Fellow of the Chinese Chemical Society, and member of the American Physical Society, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, International Society for Optical Engineering and American Association for the Advancement of Science. Lieber is Co-Editor of Nano Letters, and serves on the editorial and advisory boards of a large number of science and technology journals.
Lieber has published over 320 papers in peer-reviewed journals and is the principal inventor on more than 35 patents. Based on his citation impact scores, Lieber has been ranked #1 in Chemistry for the decade 2000-2010 by Thomson Reuters. In his spare time, Lieber has been active in commercializing nanotechnology, and has founded the nanotechnology company Nanosys, Inc. (2001) and the new nanosensor company Vista Therapeutics (2007).
- Elected Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
- Elected Fellow, American Physical Society
- Elected Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
- Member, American Chemical Society
- Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
- Member, International Society for Optical Engineering
- Member, Materials Research Society
- Member, Optical Society of America
- Elected Fellow, Institute of Physics
- Elected Member, National Academy of Sciences
- Elected Fellow, World Technology Network
- Elected Fellow, International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry
- Phi Beta Kappa
- Fred Kavli Distinguished Lectureship in Nanoscience, Materials Research Society, 2010
- Friendship Award, Peoples Republic of China, 2009
- Fellow, American Chemical Society, Inaugural Class, 2009
- Honorary Fellow, Chinese Chemical Society, 2009
- Inorganic Nanoscience Award, ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry,2009)
- Pioneer Award, National Institutes of Health, 2008
- Einstein Award, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2008
- Honorary Professorship, Peking University, 2008
- Elected Fellow, Materials Research Society, 2008
- NBIC Research Excellence Award, University of Pennsylvania, 2007
- Nanotech Briefs Nano 50 Award (2005); World Technology Award in Materials, 2004
- ACS Award in the Chemistry of Materials, 2004
- Scientific American 50 Award in Nanotechnology and Molecular Electronics, 2003
- Nelson W. Taylor Award, Pennsylvania State University, 2003
- World Technology Award in Materials, 2003
- New York Intellectual Property Law Association Inventor of the Year Award, 2003
- APS McGroddy Prize for New Materials, 2003
- Harrison Howe Award, University of Rochester, 2002
- Honorary Professorship, Tsinghua University, 2002
- Honorary Professorship, University of Science and Technology of China, 2002
- Honorary Professorship, Fudan University, 2002
- Honorary Professorship, Zhejiang University, 2002
- MRS Medal, 2002
- Foresight Institute Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology, 2001
- NSF Creativity Award, 1996
- Leo Hendrik Baekeland Award, American Chemical Society, 1995
- George Ledlie Prize, Harvard University, 1994-1995
- MRS Outstanding Young Investigator Award, 1993
- ACS Award in Pure Chemistry, 1992
- Denkewalter Prize, Loyola University Chicago, 1992
- Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, 1990-1995
- Wilson Prize, 1990
- Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, 1990-1992
- David and Lucile Packard Fellowship, 1988-1993
- NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, 1988-1993
- Distinguished New Faculty Award, Dreyfus Foundation, 1987
- NIH Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 1985-1987
- Joseph W. Richards Fellow of the Electrochemical Society, 1985
- American Institute of Chemists Distinguished Senior Award, 1981
- Theodore Saulnier Research Award, 1981
- Pentathlon Medal for Excellence in Chemistry, 1981
Lieber has published over 320 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals. His original work has had a defining influence on the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology, where his publications have been cited overall more than 53,600 times, his top 10 papers have been cited more than 16,900 times, and his h-index (impact factor) is 107. Based on his citation impact scores, Lieber has been ranked #1 in Chemistry for the decade 2000-2010 by Thomson Reuters.
- X.P. Gao, G. Zheng and C.M. Lieber, “Subthreshold regime has the optimal sensitivity for
nanowire FET biosensors,” Nano Lett. 10, 547-552 (2010).
- Q. Qing, S.K. Pal, B. Tian, X. Duan, B.P. Timko, T. Cohen-Karni, V.N. Murthy and C.M. Lieber, “Nanowire transistor arrays for mapping neural circuits in acute brain slices,” Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 107, 1882-1887 (2010).
- T. Cohen-Karni, Q. Qing, Q. Li, Y. Fang and C.M. Lieber, “Graphene and nanowire transistors for cellular interfaces and electrical recording,” Nano Lett. 10, 1098-1102 (2010).
- B.P. Timko, T. Cohen-Karni, Q. Qing, B. Tian and C.M. Lieber, “Design and implementation of functional nanoelectronic interfaces with biomolecules, cells and tissue using nanowire device arrays,” IEEE Trans. Nanotechnol. 9, 269-280 (2010).
- G. Zheng, X. Gao and C.M. Lieber, “Frequency domain detection of biomolecules using silicon nanowire biosensors,” Nano Lett. 10, 3179-3183 (2010).
- B. Tian, T. Cohen-Karni, Q. Qing, X. Duan, P. Xie and C.M. Lieber, “Three-dimensional, flexible nanoscale field effect transistors as localized bioprobes,” Science 329, 831-834 (2010).
- S. Kwon, J. Kang, C. Seassal, S. Kim, P. Regreny, Y. Lee, C.M. Lieber and H. Park, “Subwavelength plasmonic lasing from a semiconductor nanodisk with silver nanopan cavity,” Nano Lett. 10, 3679-3683 (2010).
- X. Jiang, J. Hu, L.A. Fitzgerald, J.C. Biffinger, P. Xie, B. R. Ringeisen and C.M. Lieber, “Probing electron transfer mechanisms in Shewanella oneidensis MR-1 using a nanoelectrode platform and single cell imaging,” Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 107, 16806-16810 (2010).
- G. Yu and C.M. Lieber, “Assembly and integration of semiconductor nanowires for functional nanosystems,” Pure Appl. Chem. 82, 2295-2314 (2010).
- H. Yan, H.S. Choe, S.W. Nam, Y. Hu, S. Das, J.F. Klemic, J.C. Ellenbogen and C.M. Lieber, “Programmable nanowire circuits for nanoprocessors,” Nature 470, 240-244 (2011).
Lieber’s original work has resulted in more than 80 United States and International patents issued and pending. These breakthroughs have served as the underlying intellectual property for several small companies, including Nanosys, Inc., Nantero and Vista Therapeutics.
- C.M. Lieber, Y. Cui, X. Duan and Y. Huang, “Doped Elongated Semiconductors, Growing Such Semiconductors, Devices Including Such Semiconductors and Fabricating Such Devices,” US Patent 7,666,708 issued 23 February 2010.
- D.G. Grier, R. Agarwal, G. Yu, C.M. Lieber, K. Ladavac and Y. Roichman, “System and Method for Processing Nanowires with Holographic Optical Tweezers,” US Patent 7,772,543 issued 10 August 2010.
- W. Lu, J. Xiang, Y. Wu, B.P. Timko, H. Yan and C.M. Lieber, “Nanowire Heterostructures,” US Patent 7,858,965 issued 28 December 2010.
- C.M. Lieber, H. Park, Q. Wei, Y. Cui and W. Liang, “Nanosensors,” US Patent 7,911,009 issued 22 March 2011.
- C.M. Lieber, Y. Cui, X. Duan and Y. Huang, “Doped Elongated Semiconductors, Growing Such Semiconductors, Devices Including Such Semiconductors, and Fabricating Such Devices,” US Patent 7,915,151 issued 28 March 2011.