Prof. Alexander Pines
University of California Berkeley
Glenn T. Seaborg Professor of Chemistry
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Senior Scientist, Materials Sciences Division
Alexander Pines is Glenn T. Seaborg Professor of Chemistry at Berkeley, a Senior Scientist in the Materials Sciences Division of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and a Faculty Affiliate at QB3--the California Institute for Quantitative Biomedical Research. In his laboratory, the research program involves the development of new nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) methods and their application to exemplary problems spanning chemistry, materials science, and biomedicine. The laboratory has introduced NMR techniques that make it possible to probe the structure, dynamics, and function of materials in the solid state. Current research interests involve novel approaches to spin polarization, detection, molecular sensing, and miniaturization. Examples include the technology of hyperpolarized xenon molecular sensing, by which magnetic resonance spectra and images can be labeled with chemical, structural, and functional information; the combination of optical spectroscopy and magnetic resonance to provide new experiments that retain the optimal properties of each technique; and the development of portable analytical devices for chemical, materials, and biomedical analyses, based on microfluidics and miniaturized NMR and MRI.