Vincent Holmberg

Assistant Professor
Chemical Engineering

Molecular Engineering & Sciences Institute Faculty Member
Clean Energy Institute Faculty Member


  • Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, 2011
  • M.S.E. Chemical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, 2010
  • B.S. (high distinction) Chemistry, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 2006
  • B.Ch.E. (summa cum laude) Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 2006

Research Statement

The Holmberg research group is devoted to the development and study of new functional nanomaterials that have the potential to be produced in a scalable and cost-effective manner. We focus on inorganic nanostructures, 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 and study of new types of flexible, high-rate, high-capacity battery materials, with the remainder focused on magnetic, plasmonic, and photonic nanomaterials.

Select publications

  1. 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.
  2. Matthew J. Crane, Elena P. Pandres, E. James Davis, Vincent C. Holmberg*, and Peter J. Pauzauskie*, "Optically Oriented Attachment of Nanoscale Metal-Semiconductor Heterostructures in Organic Solvents via Photonic Nanosoldering." Nat. Commun. 2019, 10, 4942. *co-corresponding*
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Vincent C. Holmberg and Brian A. Korgel, “Corrosion Resistance of Thiol- and Alkene-Passivated Germanium Nanowires.” Chem. Mater. 2010, 22(12), 3698–3703.
  8. 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***
  9. 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.
  10. Elena P. Pandres, Jarred Z. Olson, Cody W. Schlenker, and Vincent C. Holmberg, "Germanium Nanowire Battery Electrodes with Engineered Surface-Binder Interactions Exhibit Improved Cycle Life and High Energy Density without Fluorinated Additives." ACS Appl. Energy Mater. 2019, 2(9), 6200–6208.