Summit Speaker: Daniel Morse
Member of the Production & Storage Solutions Group
Institute for Energy Efficiency
Daniel Morse received his B.A. degree in Biochemistry from Harvard in 1963, and his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1967. He conducted postdoctoral studies in Molecular Genetics at Stanford University. Morse was appointed the Silas Arnold Houghton Associate Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Harvard Medical School before joining the faculty of UC Santa Barbara. At UCSB, he was the founding Director of the Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies (in which capacity her served for six years) and the Marine Biotechnology Center. Morse has been awarded a Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health and a Faculty Research Award from the American Cancer Society. He has been honored as a Distinguished Faculty Scholar by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, as a Visiting Professor of Bio-Nano-Electronics at Toyo University in Japan and as a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Paris and the National University of Singapore. Mores has also been elected a Regents Fellow of the Smithsonian Institution and elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His students have received international recognition and awards in numerous symposia and international research meetings.
Daniel Morse conducts research at the intersection of biotechnology and nanotechnology in a new interdisciplinary collaboration that combines the approaches of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology with Materials Engineering, Physics, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. He and his laboratory are discovering the molecular mechanisms governing biomineralization, and are using these mechanisms to develop new strategies for the synthesis of high-performance, nanostructured composite materials for tomorrow's advanced optoelectronics, microelectronics, catalysts, sensors and energy transducers. Together with colleagues at the Center for Energy Efficient Materials, Morse is working on bio-inspired solar products and high-power batteries by improving our understanding and control of heterogeneous materials that are engineered or templated at the nanoscale. These developments offer tremendous opportunities for future improvements in the performance and cost of photovoltaics and energy storage.