PhD, Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley
John Philbin works at the intersection of theoretical chemistry, condensed matter physics, and computational material science to understand and develop the next generation of nanomaterial-based technologies.
John earned a BA and MS in Biochemistry and Chemistry, respectively, from The University of Pennsylvania in 2014. Following graduation, John transitioned from experimental chemistry to theoretical and computational chemistry by studying catalytic reactions involved in biofuel production at The Institute of High Performance Computing in Singapore. He then moved to Professor Eran Rabani's research group at UC Berkeley where he completed his PhD in Chemistry in 2020. John's PhD focused on developing and applying atomistic electronic structure methods to nanomaterials to elucidate the underlying physics that control the efficiency of nanomaterial-based solar cells, lasers, light-emitting diodes, and photocatalysts. John has co-authored many peer-reviewed publications and illuminated influential structure-function relationships of nanomaterials. John also turned these relationships into basic design principles to accurately predict and understand the efficiencies of nanomaterials.
As an Environmental Fellow, John will work with Assistant Professor Prineha Narang from the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. John and Prineha plan to explore how light-matter interactions in nanomaterials can be understood and utilized to rationally design novel nanodevices.
Prineha Narang, John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Science