Professor in Chemistry and the College
Talapin’s research focuses on the chemistry, physics and materials science of inorganic nanostructures. He and his collaborators have developed an “electronic glue” that could accelerate advances in semiconductor-based technologies, including solar cells that convert sunlight into electrical energy. UChicago licensed the underlying technology to Evident Technologies Inc. in 2009. Talapin and associates also were the first to create quasicrystals out of self-assembling nanoparticles. A native of Minsk, Belarus, Talapin received his Ph.D. from the University of Hamburg in Germany. He joined the Chicago faculty in 2007. His honors include 2009 fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.