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David S. Ginger

Alvin L. and Verla R. Kwiram Endowed Professor of Chemistry

Washington Research Foundation Distinguished Scholar

Chief Scientist, UW Clean Energy Institute

Adjunct Professor of Physics

Senior Scientist, Pacific Northwest National Lab

Associate Editor, Chemical Reviews


Ph.D. Physics, University of Cambridge, 2001

(Physical and Materials Chemistry, Nanotechnology)


Phone : +1 (206) 685-2331

Email : dginger@uw.edu


Ginger group website | UW Clean Energy Institute | NW IMPACT


David S. Ginger earned dual B.S. degrees in chemistry and physics at Indiana University in 1997 with departmental honors and highest distinction, performing undergraduate research with Victor E. Viola.


He received a British Marshall Scholarship and an NSF Graduate Fellowship and completed his Ph.D. in physics with Neil C. Greenham in the Optoelectronics group at the University of Cambridge (UK) in 2001.


After a joint NIH and DuPont Postdoctoral Fellowship at Northwestern University in Chad Mirkin’s lab, he joined the faculty at the University of Washington in Seattle where he is currently the Alvin L. and Verla R. Kwiram Endowed Professor in Chemistry, Washington Research Foundation Distinguished Scholar in Clean Energy, and Adjunct Professor of Physics, and serves as the Chief Scientist of the Washington state funded UW Clean Energy Institute. He holds a joint appointment as a Senior Scientist at Pacific Northwest National Lab (PNNL), and is the co-founding co-director of the Northwest Institute for Materials Physics, Chemistry, and Technology (NW IMPACT), a joint research collaboration between PNNL and UW.


He is an elected fellow of the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) and has been named a Research Corporation Cottrell Scholar, a Research Corporation Scialog Fellow in solar energy conversion, an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellow, a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar, and has received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, and the ACS Unilever Award in Colloid and Surfactant Science.


He is the 2012 recipient of the Burton Medal of the Microscopy Society of America, participated in the 2012-2013 class of the Defense Science Study Group, and was honored as a Finalist for the Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists in 2016.


His research centers on the physical chemistry of nanostructured materials with applications in optoelectronics, energy and sensing, and his group makes use of techniques ranging from scanning probe microscopy to optical spectroscopy.

He is also an Associate Editor at the ACS journal Chemical Reviews.