Full Name
Frances Houle
Job Title
Senior Scientist
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Brief Biography
Frances Houle is Deputy Director of the Liquid Sunlight Alliance, a DOE Fuels from Sunlight Energy Innovation Hub, and Senior Scientist in the Chemical Sciences and Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging Divisions at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

She received a BA from the University of California at Irvine and a PhD from the California Institute of Technology, both in chemistry.

Her scientific interests are in the areas of coupled reaction-transport processes in solar energy conversion systems and their components, and chemical modification of material interfaces, surfaces, and films. Her previous appointments include Research Staff Member in the IBM Research Division in San Jose, California, Manager of Materials Development at InVisage Technologies, a startup company making nanoparticle-based image sensors (acquired by Apple Corporation), and Deputy Director for Science and Research Integration of the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis at LBNL.

She has received numerous awards including the 2009 American Vacuum Society John A. Thornton Memorial Award and Lecture, the 1999 American Institute of Chemical Engineers Northern California Section Research Project of the Year, and the 1998 IBM Environmental Affairs Excellence Award. She is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a Fellow of the AVS, and a member of the American Chemical Society, the Electrochemical Society, and the Materials Research Society. She is active in professional service, has over 160 publications and 28 issued US patents, and is co-author of the open-access stochastic reaction-diffusion simulation code Kinetiscope.
Frances Houle