Dr. Duan is an Associate Professor at UCLA. He received a B.S degree in chemistry from University of Science and Technology and China, Hefei, China, in 1997; M.A. degree in chemistry and Ph.D. degree in physical chemistry from Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA, in 1999 and 2002, respectively.
From 2002 to 2008, he was a Founding Scientist, Principal Scientist and Manager of Advanced Technology at Nanosys Inc., a nanotechnology startup founded based partly on his doctoral research. In 2008, he joined the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Dr. Duan’s research in inorganic nanostructures contributed significantly to recent advancements in nanoscience and nanotechnology. His doctoral research in semiconductor nanowires pioneered the recent blossom in nanowire based research and technology. While at Nanosys, Dr. Duan was responsible for identifying new technological opportunities based on inorganic nanostructures and advancing the newest ideas into compelling technological demonstrations. He is the leading inventor of a number of the most important nanotechnology inventions. His current research interests include heteointegration of nanoscale materials, development of novel nanoscale device concepts and exploration of their potential in future electronics, energy science and biomedical science. Dr. Duan has published about 100 technical papers in leading scientific journals, and holds more than 50 patents or patent applications.