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2023 Fellow

Julian A. Vigil

PhD Institution
Stanford University
Postdoctoral institution and lab

The Long Group, University of California, Berkeley

Julian is a chemical engineer and materials chemist. During his PhD he focused on developing materials for renewable energy conversion and storage technologies, culminating in the study of halide perovskite semiconductors. Julian studied structure-property relationships in various perovskites and notably elucidated a spontaneous defect-forming reaction relevant to the long-term stability of perovskite-based solar cells and optoelectronic devices.

As a Schmidt Science Fellow, Julian works with Professor Jeffrey Long at the University of California, Berkeley, to study magnetic materials toward applications in quantum information science. This pivot will enable Julian to apply chemical principles to develop novel hybrid materials with atomistic control and investigate properties and scalable fabrication methods for next-generation devices.

Julian is driven to address the grand challenges of energy production and utilization; he hopes that his research as a Fellow and beyond will impact the development of technologies for renewable energy generation and energy-efficient computing.