Argonne National Laboratory

Andreas Roelofs

Director, Chain Reaction Innovations and Nano Design Works

Andreas Roelofs is the Director of Argonne National Laboratory's technology incubator Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI) and the Nano Design Works (NDW) center. He is also the acting Director for the Argonne Center for Collaborative Energy Storage Science (ACCESS). He is the former is and the Deputy Director of both the Nanoscience and Technology Division and the Center for Nanoscale Materials (CNM).

Dr. Roelofs has lengthy experience in scientific research and leadership in private industry, startups, and the public sector. His early work focused on investigating scaling effects of ferroelectric thin films and nanoparticles for ferroelectric random access memory (FeRAM) applications. He was a major driving force in the development of piezo-response force microscopy. Dr. Roelofs spent six years of his career working in the computer memory industry at various management levels.

In 2009, Dr. Roelofs opened a U.S. subsidiary of a German equipment manufacturer, which he headed as its president and co-founder. In 2011, he joined Argonne’s CNM as its Deputy Division Director and Industrial Liaison.

Dr. Roelofs holds multiple U.S. patents and has authored or coauthored numerous scientific journal articles, proceedings, and book chapters. He is a member of the International Institute of Nanotechnology’s Steering Committee at Northwestern University and a member of the International Advisory Board for the Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Science and Applications of Graphene and Related Nanomaterials at the University of Manchester, U.K.

He received his doctoral degree in physics with highest honors from the RWTH Aachen in Germany.