Emily A. Carter

Emily A. Carter - headshot
Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment
Emeritus, and Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Applied and Computational Mathematics
Senior Scholar in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Ph.D, California Institute of Technology, 1987
B.S., University of California, Berkeley, 1982

Research Area(s)

Applied Physics

Materials Science

Other Research Interests: 

Note:  Professor Carter is no longer accepting graduate students and does not have room in her research group for postdoctoral associates through Princeton University.

Short Bio

Emily A. Carter is the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost (EVCP), and Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, at UCLA. Dr. Carter began her independent academic career at UCLA in 1988, rising through the chemistry and biochemistry faculty ranks before moving to Princeton University in 2004, where she spent the next 15 years jointly appointed in mechanical and aerospace engineering and in applied and computational mathematics. During her first stint at UCLA, she helped launch two institutes that still exist today: the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics and the California NanoSystems Institute. While at Princeton, she held the Arthur W. Marks ’19 and the Gerhard R. Andlinger Professorships. After an international search, she was selected to be the Founding Director of Princeton’s Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment. From 2010-2016, she oversaw the construction of its award-winning building and state-of-the-art facilities, the development of novel educational and research programs, and the hiring of its faculty and staff. After a national search, she served from 2016-2019 as Princeton’s Dean of Engineering and Applied Science, where she spearheaded major research, education, outreach, and diversity initiatives, before returning to UCLA as EVCP in September 2019. Dr. Carter maintains a very active research presence, developing and applying quantum mechanical simulation techniques to enable discovery and design of molecules and materials for sustainable energy. Her research is supported by multiple grants from the U.S. Department of Defense and the Department of Energy. The author of over 400 publications, Carter has delivered over 550 invited and plenary lectures worldwide and has served on advisory boards spanning a wide range of disciplines. She is the recipient of numerous honors, including election to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, U.S. National Academy of Inventors, and the U.S. National Academy of Engineering. Carter earned a B.S. in Chemistry from UC Berkeley in 1982 (graduating Phi Beta Kappa) and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Caltech in 1987, followed by a brief postdoc at the University of Colorado, Boulder, before joining the UCLA faculty. 

Selected Publications

  • S. Berman, G. S. Gautam, and E. A. Carter, “Role of Na and Ca as isovalent dopants in Cu2ZnSnS4 solar cells,” ACS Sustain. Chem. Eng., 7, 5792 (2019). doi: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.8b05348; Virtual Special Issue on Theories, Mechanisms, Materials, and Devices for Solar Energy Conversion: ACS Sustain. Chem. Eng., 7, 10164 (2019). doi: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.9b02925 (Editorial)

  • S. Xu and E. A. Carter, “Theoretical insights into heterogeneous (photo)electrochemical CO2 reduction,” Chem. Rev., 119, 6631 (2019). doi: 10.1021/acs.chemrev.8b00481

  • B. G. del Rio, M. Chen, L. E. González, and E. A. Carter, “Orbital-free density functional theory simulation of collective dynamics coupling in liquid Sn,” J. Chem. Phys., 149, 094504 (2018). (Editor’s Pick) doi: 10.1063/1.5040697; Scilight: doi: 10.1063/1.5054900J. M. P. Martirez and E. A. Carter, “Effects of the Aqueous Environment on the Stability and Chemistry of β-NiOOH Surfaces,” Chem. Mater., 30, 5205 (2018). doi: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.8b01866

  • J. M. P. Martirez and E. A. Carter, “Prediction of a Low-Temperature N2 Dissociation Catalyst Exploiting Near IR-to-Visible Light Nanoplasmonics,” Sci. Adv., 3, eaao4710 (2017). doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aao4710; Article: https://cen.acs.org/articles/96/web/2018/01/Lowering-temperature-nitroge...

  • J. M. Dieterich and E. A. Carter, “Quantum Solutions for a Sustainable Energy Future,” Nat. Rev. Chem., 1, 0032 (2017). doi: 10.1038/s41570-017-0032