Brian A. Korgel is T. Brockett Hudson Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his PhD from UCLA in 1997 and was a post-doctoral fellow at University College Dublin, Ireland. He has been Visiting Professor at the University of Alicante in Spain, the Université Josef Fourier in France and the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing. He also directs the Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Next Generation Photovoltaics and has co-founded two companies, Innovalight and Piñon Technologies. He works in the field of nanomaterials chemistry and has published more than 200 papers. He has received various honors including most recently the 2012 Professional Progress Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and was also elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2012.