Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Professor, Materials Science and Engineering; Senior Fellow, Precourt Institute for Energy

Fritz Prinz is the Finmeccanica Professor of Engineering and the Robert Bosch Chair of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford; professor of materials science and engineering; and senior fellow at the Precourt Institute for Energy. He also serves as director of the Nanoscale Prototyping Laboratory and co-director of the Center on Nanostructuring for Efficient Energy Conversion (CNEEC) at Stanford. A solid-state physicist by training, Prinz leads a group of doctoral students who are addressing fundamental issues on energy conversion and storage at the nanoscale. In his laboratory, prototype fuel cells, solar cells and batteries are used to test new concepts and novel material structures using atomic layer deposition, scanning tunneling microscopy and other technologies. Prinz is also interested in learning from nature, particularly understanding the electron transport chain in plant cells. The Prinz group, in collaboration with biologist Arthur Grossman, were the first to extract electrons directly from plant cells subjected to light stimulus. Before coming to Stanford in 1994, he was on the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University. Prinz earned a PhD in physics at the University of Vienna in Austria.