Dr. Vicki Colvin


Dr. Vicki Colvin received her Bachelor's degree in chemistry and physics from Stanford University in 1988, and in 1994 obtained her Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, where she worked under the guidance of Dr. Paul Alivisatos. During her time at the University of California, Berkely, Colvin was awarded the American Chemical Society's Victor K. LaMer Award for her work in colloid and surface chemistry. Colvin completed her postdoctoral work at AT&T Bell Labs and joined Rice University in 1997.  Today, she serves is the Pitzer-Schlumberger Professor of Chemistry and Chemical and Biomolecular Envineering at Rice University as well as Director of its Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology (CBEN).   CBEN is one of the nation's first Nanoscience and Engineering Centers funded by the National Science Foundation and its research centers on the applications of nanotechnology in environmental and biological systems.  She also is co-director of the Richard E. Smalley Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, an initiative that develops and promotes nanotechnology research at Rice University.

Colvin has received numerous accolades for her teaching abilities, including Phi Beta Kappa's Teaching Prize for 1998-1999 and the Camille Dreyfus Teacher Scholar Award in 2002. In 2002, she was also named one of Discover Magazine's "Top 20 Scientists to Watch" and received an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship.   She was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2008 and one of Esquire magazine’s Best and Brightest (2008).  For details related to current research projects in the Colvin Group, please visit nanonet.rice.edu.