Faculty Investigator, Seed
Dr. Roberts received his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from the University of California Los Angeles in 2003 and his PhD in Physical Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute in Technology in 2010. Following completion of a research position at the University of Southern California that was supported by an NSF ACC-F postdoctoral fellowship, Dr. Roberts started his independent career at UT Austin in 2014. Dr. Roberts leads a research group that uses and develops ultrafast spectroscopic techniques to understand how the nano-to-mesoscale ordering of semiconducting materials impacts their ability to transport energy and charge. Dr. Roberts is a recipient of the NSF CAREER award, has been named a Sloan Fellow and a Cottrell Scholar, and has lead projects funded by the W. M. Keck Foundation, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and Robert T. Welch Foundation. Dr. Roberts has won several teaching awards and currently directs an NSF-funded education and research program, Chemical REsearch At TExas (CREATE), that works with community colleges to increase student engagement in the physical sciences.