Samuel Mao

Adjunct Professor

6177 Etcheverry Hall

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, CA 94720-1740

(510) 225-8210



Biography and CV

After receiving his Ph.D. degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 2000, Prof. Mao started his career at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he was a career staff scientist until 2013. He returned to U.C. Berkeley campus as an adjunct professor in 2004, when he also established the Clean Energy Engineering Laboratory that has spun off an international technology development and commercialization institution, the Institute of New Energy, launched in 2013. Having published 130 research articles that have received more than 22,000 citations, Prof. Mao is also an inventor of 30 patents in the U.S. and abroad. He delivered nearly 100 invited, keynote or plenary speeches at international conferences, and previously served as a technical committee member, program review panelist, grant proposal evaluator, and national laboratory observer for the U.S. Department of Energy. In addition to co-founding three international materials and energy technology conferences, he co-chaired Materials Research Society (MRS) annual meeting in the spring of 2011, and the International Conference on Clean Energy in 2012. Prof. Mao received a “R&D 100” Technology Award (2011) for his technological innovation, and a Berkeley MEGSCO Faculty Teaching Award (2008) for his dedication to higher education.


Professor Mao and his team conduct research in the cross-disciplinary fields of clean energy technologies. The team also develops high throughput material processing and ultrafast laser technologies, in support of clean-energy research.


To learn more about Professor Mao's research, please visit the Clean Energy Engineering Lab's website.


To view a list of Professor Mao's publications, please click here.



Ming Ting

Vincent Francart

Thibault Lecoq

Jingying Xie


To view a list of Professor Mao's former students, please click here.