Cherie Kagan

Stephen J. Angello ProfessorProfessor of Electrical And Systems Engineering

(215) 573-4384

Room 254 Levine Hall

  • Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, MIT 1996
  • B.S.E. Materials Science and Engineering, University of Pennsylvania 1991
  • B.A. Mathematics, University of Pennsylvania 1991
Research Interests

Cherie earned both a B.S.E. in Materials Science and Engineering and a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991. In 1996, she received her Ph.D. in Electronic Materials from MIT. Her thesis work focused on the self-assembly of close packed solids of semiconductor nanocrystals and the unique electronic and optical properties that arise from cooperative interactions between neighboring nanocrystals. In 1996, Cherie went to Bell Laboratories as a Postdoctoral Fellow where she built a scanning confocal Raman microscope to study the mechanistics of hologram formation in multicomponent photopolymers. In 1998 she joined IBM's T. J. Watson Research Center where she most recently managed the "Molecular Assemblies and Devices Group." In January, 2007 Cherie joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania's Departments of Electrical and Systems Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering as an associate professor. In addition she assumed the position as the Director of the University's Nanofabrication facility.


Cherie was selected by the American Chemical Society Women Chemist Committee in 2002 as one of 12 "Outstanding Young Woman Scientists who is expected to make a substantial impact in chemistry during this century." She was featured by the American Physical Society in "Physics in Your Future" and in 2000 chosen by the MIT Technology Review TR10. In 2005, she received IBM's Outstanding Technical Achievement award. She is on the editorial board of American Chemical Society's journal "Nano Letters" and serves on the Materials Research Society's Board of Directors and the NSF advisory board for the US Summer School in Condensed Matter and Materials Physics.


Chemical and physical properties of molecular, supramolecular, and nanoscale assemblies and devices; intramolecular, intermolecular, and interfacial charge and excitonic transport and interactions for the application of molecular and nanoscale materials in transistors and memory devices, photovoltaic devices, and chemical and biological sensors.