Louis E. Brus


Louis E. Brus is the S. L. Mitchell Professor of Chemistry at Columbia University. He is the discoverer of the colloidal semi-conductor nanocrystals known as quantum dots.[1]

Louis E. Brus
Born1943 (age 78–79)
Alma materRice University
Columbia University
Known forQuantum Dots
AwardsIrving Langmuir Prize in Chemical Physics (2001)
National Academy of Sciences (2004)
ACS Award in the Chemistry of Materials (2005)
R. W. Wood Prize (2006)
Kavli Prize (2008)
NAS Award in Chemical Sciences (2010)
Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science (2012)
Scientific career
Chemical Physics
InstitutionsColumbia University
Doctoral advisorRichard Bersohn
Doctoral studentsGordana Dukovic
Other notable studentsPaul Alivisatos (postdoc), Moungi Bawendi (postdoc), Paul F. Barbara (postdoc), Thuc-Quyen Nguyen (postdoc)

Brus received the Franklin Institute's 2012 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science,[2] and was chosen for the 2010 NAS Award in Chemical Sciences. He received the inaugural Kavli Prize for nanoscience in 2008,[3] and was co-recipient of the 2006 R. W. Wood Prize of the Optical Society of America.[4] He received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Association of Rice University Alumni in 2010.

He was elected to the United States National Academy of Sciences in 2004 and is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.[5]


In 1973, Brus joined AT&T Bell Laboratories, where he did the work that led to the discovery of quantum dots. In 1996, Brus left Bell Labs and joined the faculty in the Department of Chemistry at Columbia University.


  1. ^ Brus, Louis E. (1984). "Electron–electron and electron‐hole interactions in small semiconductor crystallites: The size dependence of the lowest excited electronic state". The Journal of Chemical Physics. 80 (4403): 4403–4409. Bibcode:1984JChPh..80.4403B. doi:10.1063/1.447218. Retrieved 2015-01-30.
  2. ^ "Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science". Franklin Institute. 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-12-17. Retrieved 2013-04-07.
  3. ^ "Columbia Professors to Receive Kavli Prizes in Norway Ceremony". 2008. Retrieved 2010-06-25.
  4. ^ "R. W. Wood Prize". 2006. Retrieved 2010-06-25.
  5. ^ "Gruppe 4: Kjemi" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. Archived from the original on 3 March 2012. Retrieved 7 October 2010.

External linksEdit

  • Brus group homepage
  • Brus faculty profile
  • Biography from the National Academy of Sciences
  • 2010 Distinguished Rice Alumni Award Recipients
  • Bower Award