Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Professor, Cambrios Technologies Corp., Co-Founder and Board Member
Angela Belcher is a Materials Chemist with expertise in the fields of biomaterials, biomolecular materials, organic-inorganic interfaces and solid state chemistry. Her primary research focus is evolving new materials for energy, electronics and the environment. She received her B.S. in Creative Studies with an emphasis in biology from The University of California, Santa Barbara. She continued her education at UCSB and earned a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry (1997). Following a year of postdoctoral research in electrical engineering at UCSB, Dr. Belcher 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. In 2006, she was appointed Germeshausen Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Biological Engineering. In 2002, she founded the company Cambrios Technologies, Inc., and in 2007 she founded Siluria Technologies, Inc. At MIT she services as the MIT campus director of the Army UARC -The Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies.
In 2010, Dr. Belcher received the Eni Prize for Renewable and Non-conventional Energy. 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.” The next year she was named Research Leader of the Year by Scientific American and was awarded a Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award. In 2007, Time Magazine named her a “Hero” for her research related to Climate Change. In 2009, Rolling Stone Magazine named her one of the “100 People Who are Changing The World.” Other awards include the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship; a Four Star General Recognition Award (US Army), Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineering (PECASE), Top 10 Innovators Under 40 (Fortune Magazine), 2002 World Technology Award (Materials), 2002 Popular Science Brilliant Ten, 2002 Technology Review Top 100 Inventors (TR100). She is a 2001 Packard Fellow, won the 2001 Wilson Prize in Chemistry at Harvard University, 2001 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, received the 2000 Beckman Young Investigator Award, received the 1999 DuPont and IBM Young Investigator Awards, and the 1999 Army Research Office Young Investigators Award.
Her work has been published in many prestigious scientific journals including Science and Nature, and has been reported in the popular press including Time, Fortune, Forbes, Discover, Scientific American, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal.