Thuc-Quyen Nguyen is the Director of the Center for Polymers and Organic Solids and Professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She received her BS, MS, and PhD degrees in physical chemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles. From 2001 to 2004, she was a Research Associate in the Department of Chemistry and the Nanocenter at Columbia University. She joined the Faculty of the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department at UCSB in July 2004.
Her research interests are doping and charge transport in organic semiconductors, organic semiconductor processing and characterisation, bioelectronics, and device physics of organic solar cells, ratchets, transistors, and photodetectors.
Professor Nguyen has co-authored 292 publications and three book chapters that received over 35,000 citations (H-index: 97). Recognition for her research includes: the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award (2005); the National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2006); the Camille Dreyfus Teacher Scholar Award (2008); the Alfred Sloan Research Fellows (2009); the National Science Foundation American Competitiveness and Innovation Fellows (2010); the Alexander von Humboldt Senior Research Award (2015); Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2016); Hall of Fame - Advanced Materials (2019); Beaufort Visiting Scholar at St John’s College, Cambridge University (2019); World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds (2015–2019); Top 1% Highly Cited Researchers in Materials Science by Thomson Reuters and Clarivate Analytics; Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) (2019); Wilhelm Exner Medal (2023); and Elected Member of the National Academy of Engineering (2023). In 2020, she helped establish the VinFuture Foundation in Vietnam to honour scientific and technological breakthroughs that create meaningful changes in the everyday lives of millions of people.