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 ultrafast excitation processes in nanoparticles, novel optical properties of strongly coupled hybrid nanostructures, and quantum optics. 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 145 peer-reviewed research articles.