At ENSI’s helm are director Peidong Yang, and co-directors Omar Yaghi and Michael Crommie, each bringing his own achievements and expertise. 

Peidong Yang is the director for the Kavli Energy Nanoscience Institute.  He is a Professor of Chemistry and the S. K. and Angela Chan Distinguished Chair Professor in Energy at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also a senior faculty scientist in the Materials and Chemical Sciences Division at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He is a member of both the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is also the director of the California Research Alliance by BASF. His main research interest is in the area of one dimensional semiconductor nanostructures, and he is the most cited researcher in the world in the field of materials science. His group at Berkeley is doing revolutionary research in the use of nanowires in artificial photosynthesis and solar cells.

Omar Yaghi is the James and Neeltje Tretter Chair and professor of chemistry at UC Berkeley and a Berkeley Lab researcher. He is well known for his work with metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and covalent organic frameworks (COFs), which can be used to store gases such as hydrogen and methane for transport. MOFs and COFs may also have applications for clean water and artificial photosynthesis, as well as thermal batteries. Prof. Yaghi and his team specialize in the stitching molecules and molecular-level structures together to create new materials.

Michael Crommie is a professor in the Department of Physics at UC Berkeley and a faculty senior scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.  His main research interests lie in exploring the local electronic, magnetic, and mechanical properties of atomic and molecular nanostructures at surfaces. He is interested in studying how interactions between atomic-scale structures affect their microscopic behavior, and how quantum mechanical effects influence device behavior in very small structures.