Nathan S Lewis


Prof. Nathan S. Lewis has been active in the solar fuels/solar chemical field for over 40 years, and has published over 500 papers, presented hundreds of public and technical plenary and invited lectures in the area, and is responsible for training a preeminent cohort of globally leading researchers in the solar fuels field.

Prof. Lewis graduated from the California Institute of Technology with a B.S. and M.S. in Chemistry in 1977. He then moved to Massachusetts Institute of Technology to complete a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry with Prof. Mark Wrighton. After two years as an Associate Professor at Stanford University, Prof. Lewis returned to Caltech where he is currently the George L. Argyros Professor of Chemistry.

Lewis is Editor-in-Chief of the leading journal in sustainable energy R&D, Energy and Environmental Science, published by the Royal Society of Chemistry, and is a distinguished advisor to industry, government, academia, and national and international media the role of R&D in clean energy innovation. Prof. Lewis is also the sponsor and host for the Chen-Huang Sustainable Energy Seminar series, which brings distinguished speakers on clean energy to the Caltech campus to enrich the discourse and enhance the profile of clean energy R&D worldwide.

Prof. Lewis is a holder of the Princeton Environmental Award, the American Chemical Society Award in Pure Chemistry, and was #17 overall, and the highest ranked scientist/technologist, in the Rolling Stone magazine’s top 100 “Agents of Change in America”.

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