Vincent Holmberg

Vincent Holmberg

Vincent Holmberg


Vincent Holmberg

Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering

Molecular Engineering & Sciences Faculty Member
Clean Energy Institute Faculty Member

Office: Benson Hall, Room 357
Phone: 206-616-0199


Education and Appointments

Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering, University of Washington, 2015-present

Marie Curie ETH Zürich Postdoctoral Fellow, ETH Zürich, Switzerland, 2012-2014

Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, 2011

M.S.E. Chemical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, 2010

B.Ch.E. (summa cum laude) Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 2006

B.S. (high distinction) Chemistry, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 2006

Research Interests

  • Nanomaterials Chemistry and Engineering
  • Defect and Impurity Incorporation
  • Materials for Energy Conversion and Energy Storage
  • Magnetic, Plasmonic, and Photonic Nanomaterials

The Holmberg research group is devoted to the development of new functional nanostructures that can be produced in a scalable and cost-effective manner. We focus on inorganic nanomaterials, such as nanowires and nanocrystals, synthesized via scalable solution-based and supercritical fluid-based processes, with an emphasis on nanomaterial growth, assembly, and integration. A portion of our laboratory is currently devoted to the development of new types of flexible, high-rate, high-capacity battery materials, with the remainder focused on the development of new magnetic, plasmonic, and photonic nanomaterials.

Selected Awards

ISASF PhD Thesis Award (2014)

Hertz Thesis Prize (2012)

MRS Graduate Student Gold Award (2010)

Hertz Fellowship / NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (2007)

Selected Publications

Vincent C. Holmberg, Matthew G. Panthani, and Brian A. Korgel, “Phase Transitions, Melting Dynamics, and Solid-State Diffusion in a Nano Test Tube.” Science 2009, 326, 405–407.

Aaron M. Chockla, Justin T. Harris, Vahid A. Akhavan, Timothy D. Bogart, Vincent C. Holmberg, Chet Steinhagen, C. Buddie Mullins, Keith J. Stevenson, and Brian A. Korgel, “Silicon Nanowire Fabric as a Lithium Ion Battery Electrode Material.” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133(51), 20914–20921.

Vincent C. Holmberg, Katharine A. Collier, and Brian A. Korgel, “Real-Time Observation of Impurity Diffusion in Silicon Nanowires.” Nano Lett. 2011, 11(9), 3803–3808.

Angelo Monguzzi, Daniele Braga, Marina Gandini, Vincent C. Holmberg, David K. Kim, Ayaskanta Sahu, David J. Norris, and Francesco Meinardi, “Broadband Up-Conversion at Subsolar Irradiance: Triplet-Triplet Annihilation Boosted by Fluorescent Semiconductor Nanocrystals.” Nano Lett. 2014, 14(11), 6644–6650.

Damon A. Smith, Vincent C. Holmberg, and Brian A. Korgel, “Flexible Germanium Nanowires: Ideal Strength, Room Temperature Plasticity, and Bendable Semiconductor Fabric.” ACS Nano 2010, 4(4), 2356–2362.

Vincent C. Holmberg, Timothy D. Bogart, Aaron M. Chockla, Colin M. Hessel, and Brian A. Korgel, “Optical Properties of Silicon and Germanium Nanowire Fabric.” J. Phys. Chem. C 2012, 116(42), 22486–22491.

Vincent C. Holmberg and Brian A. Korgel, “Corrosion Resistance of Thiol- and Alkene-Passivated Germanium Nanowires.” Chem. Mater. 2010, 22(12), 3698–3703.

Vincent C. Holmberg, Justin R. Helps, K. Andre Mkhoyan, and David J. Norris, “Imaging Impurities in Semiconductor Nanostructures.” Chem. Mater. 2013, 25(8), 1332–1350. ***Highlighted on Chemistry of Materials Cover*** 

Vincent C. Holmberg, Michael R. Rasch, and Brian A. Korgel, “PEGylation of Carboxylic Acid-Functionalized Germanium Nanowires.” Langmuir 2010, 26(17), 14241–14246.