PhD Applied Physics, California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Computational Materials Science, Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Prineha Narang is a physicist and material scientist interested in the theoretical fundamentals of nanoscale energy transfer.
Prineha received her ScB in materials science from Drexel University and an MS and a PhD in applied physics from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) as a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow and Resnick Sustainability Institute Fellow. Her doctoral thesis focused on understanding light-matter interactions in areas ranging from quantum plasmonics to nitride optoelectronics. Simultaneously she was part of the Department of Energy Innovation Hub (JCAP) working on high-risk concepts in artificial photosynthesis (like plasmonic hot carrier-driven reactions) to make fuel directly from water, sunlight, and CO2. Prior to Caltech, Prineha worked with the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center on in situ TEM studies of energy storage devices.
A major challenge and opportunity for energy nanotechnologies is to rationally construct nanoscale devices from the bottom up that can mimic natural light-harvesting assemblies. As an Environmental Fellow, Prineha investigated the theoretical fundamentals of nanoscale energy transfer and mesoscale dynamics of photosynthesis, at the intersection of quantum optics and chemical physics, for the design of next-generation light-harvesting and energy conversion devices.
Alán Aspuru-Guzik, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology