Marcel Bruchez - Center for Technology Transfer and Enterprise Creation - Carnegie Mellon University

Inventor - Marcel Bruchez

Marcel P. Bruchez is a recognized leader in developing and commercializing research tools for bionanotechnology – an emerging field that creates or adapts materials and chemical processes to solve biological problems.

As a graduate student, he modified quantum dots – nanometer-sized crystal particles – so that they could be used to tag proteins and label cells. Based on this work, he founded Quantum Dot Corporation to develop and commercialize quantum dots for biological applications. In 2005, Quantum Dot was purchased by Invitrogen Corporation, and Bruchez joined the Molecular Biosensor and Imaging Center as Program Manager for the National Technology Center for Networks and Pathways.

Bruchez earned his undergraduate degree in chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his doctorate in physical chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley. As an NSF Graduate Research Fellow at Berkeley, he developed the initial applications of quantum dots in biological research. At Carnegie Mellon, he continues his research and entrepreneurial activities.

Bruchez holds 16 patents and has received numerous recognitions for his innovative work, including the 2005 Rank Prize for Optoelectronics and the 2004 MIT TR100 Award, which recognizes 100 remarkable innovators under 35 who are transforming technology and the world. Science magazine recognized his development of quantum dots for biological detection as one of the Top Ten Scientific Innovations of 2003.

For additional informaiton, visit the Bruchez Group within the Dept. of Chemistry

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