Eric D. Isaacs Director, Argonne National Laboratory

Physicist Eric D. Isaacs is the Director of Argonne National Laboratory, the U.S. Department of Energy's first national laboratory for science and engineering research. Under his leadership, Argonne’s researchers are focused on solving the grand scientific and engineering challenges of our time – particularly the vital national priority of developing game-changing sustainable energy technologies.

Dr. Isaacs, a Professor of Physics in the James Franck Institute at the University of Chicago, previously served as director of Argonne’s Center for Nanoscale Materials, where researchers study and create materials at the atomic and molecular scales.

Before coming to Argonne, Dr. Isaacs spent 15 years at Bell Laboratories, where he served as director of the Materials Physics Research Department and the Semiconductor Physics Department. He holds a Ph.D. degree from MIT and is a fellow of the American Physical Society, the nation’s leading physics association. He has served on a number of national scientific advisory committees, including the Department of Energy Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee, and is co-author of more than 100 scientific papers.