Elena Shevchenko, nanoscientist at the U.S.
Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, has joined a select
list of the world's youngest top innovators chosen by Technology Review magazine
for her work at Argonne's Center for Nanoscale Materials.
Elena Shevchenko, recently named one of Technology Review's top young innovators, is a member of Argonne's Center for Nanoscale Materials. (Photo courtesy Technology Review.)
"I am honored to be considered one of the Top 35 young innovators and
will continue to work diligently to live up to the honor," Shevchenko said.
"Nanoscience is a burgeoning field of science with so many discoveries
to be made. There are so many possibilities for the future and I am excited
to be a part of it. Self-assembly is a natural pathway to create matter at atomic
and macromolecular levels. By being able to mix and match different types of
nanocrystals and having control over the interaction of neighboring constituents,
we have enormous flexibility in material design with low cost."
Every year since 2005,Technology Review has recognized 35 innovators under
the age of 35 for their work in developing new technologies or a creative use
of existing technology. The 2009 TR35 were selected from more than 300 submissions
by the editors of Technology Review in collaboration with a panel of judges
from leading organizations such as the California Institute of Technology, Flagship
Ventures, Google, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), PureTech
Ventures and the University of California, Berkeley.
TR35 winners will be profiled in the September/October issue of Technology
Review and online. In addition, the EmTech@MIT 2009 Conference, to be held September
22–24 at MIT, will honor the winners in a series of “Meet the TR35”
presentations, dedicated breakout sessions, and receptions.
Shevchenko received her master's degree in chemistry from Belarusian State
University, Minsk and her Ph.D. degree in physical chemistry from the University
of Hamburg in Germany. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the IBM T.J Watson Research
Center and Columbia University.
She was a staff scientist at The Molecular Foundry at Lawrence Berkeley National
Laboratory in Berkeley, Calif., and scientist at the Center for Nanoscale Materials
since August of 2005, where her work has been supported by the DOE Office of
Science. Her specific areas of interest lie in synthesis of nanoscale materials
(magnetic, semiconductor, metallic oxide nanoparticles) with controllable size
and shape; nanoparticle design; design of multifunctional materials through
self-assembly of nanoparticles; and study of the collective properties of such
"I have to give all credit for my award to my former advisers and colleagues
Horst Weller, Chris Murray, Stephen O’Brien, Andrey Rogach, Dmitri Talapin,
Paul Alivisatos and Tijana Rajh," she said. "From them I got a great
introduction into the synthesis of nanocrystals and the discovery of their exciting
properties. It is hard to overestimate their enthusiasm and support of my research."