Gary Wiederrecht received a B.S. degree in chemistry from UC Berkeley in 1987 and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from MIT in 1992. He moved to Argonne National Laboratory as a postdoctoral fellow in 1992 and became a scientific staff member in 1995. From 2007-2015 he was the Group Leader of the Nanophotonics Group in the Center for Nanoscale Materials, and since 2016 is Group Leader of the Nanophotonics & Biofunctional Structures Group.
His research interests center on the photochemistry and photophysics of hybrid nanostructures, photochemical energy conversion, and the ultrafast optical responses of nanoparticles and nanoparticle assemblies. He has received an R&D100 award, the DOE Young Scientist Award, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), and the Argonne National Laboratory Distinguished Service Award. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society.
He has authored or co-authored more than 130 peer-reviewed research articles.