Professor Alejandro L. Briseno

Department of Polymer Science and Engineering
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Alejandro Briseno was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He received his B.S from California State University, Los Angeles. While at Cal State LA, he carried out research on conducting polymer vapor sensors in the lab of Professor Nathan S. Lewis at nearby Caltech. In 2006, he completed his Master's Degree in chemistry at UCLA with Professor Fred Wudl on the synthesis and charge transport of small-molecule conductors. His Ph.D research on organic semiconductor solids was supported by a Bell Labs-Lucent Technologies Fellowship under the supervision of Professor Younan Xia at the University of Washington. Alejandro subsequently did a one-year postdoc at UC Berkeley with Professor Peidong Yang where he focused on inorganic/organic hybrid solar cells. In 2009, he joined the Department of Polymer Science and Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where his research is centered on the synthesis of organic and polymer semiconductors, interfacial crystallization, and fundamental charge transport in nanoelectronic devices.

Professor Briseno is the recipient of the 3M Non-tenured Award, the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program Award, an NSF Polymer Division grant, the UMass Faculty Exceptional Merit Award, and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. He has delivered domestic and international invited lectures on nearly 40 occasions, and joined the editorial board of two journals (Materials Today and ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces).