Angela Belcher is a Materials Chemist with expertise in the fields of biomaterials, biomolecular materials, organic-inorganic interfaces & solid state chemistry. Her primary research focus is evolving new materials for energy, electronics & the environment. She received her BS in Creative Studies with an emphasis in biology, and a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry in 1997 from The University of California, Santa Barbara.
Following a year of postdoctoral research in electrical engineering, Angela joined the faculty at The University of Texas at Austin in the Department of Chemistry in 1999. She joined the faculty at MIT in 2002 and now holds the W.M. Keck Chair in Energy. She founded the companies Cambrios Technologies, Inc. in 2002, and Siluria Technologies, Inc. in 2007.
Angela was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2012 and received the Eni Prize for Renewable and Non-conventional Energy in 2010. In 2007, Time Magazine named her a “Hero” for her research related to Climate Change. In 2006, she was named Research Leader of the Year by Scientific American and was awarded the Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award. In 2005, she was named as one of 10 to watch by Fortune magazine for “how the world will work in the next 75 years.”