Group Leader & Senior Scientist
Dr. Vassilia Zorba is a Physicist Senior Scientist and Group Leader for the Laser Technologies Group at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley CA. She is also an Associate Adjunct Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of California, Berkeley. Dr Zorba’s research interests include ultrafast laser-material interactions, non-linear optics, remote sensing, laser-induced plasma chemistry, and laser ablation-based chemical analysis in electrochemical energy storage, with emphasis on next-generation Li-ion batteries. Her work also focuses on high-throughput materials discovery through femtosecond laser processing and biomimetic material functionalization. Dr. Zorba’s credits include 92 publications in peer-reviewed journals, 60 invited talks and a 2011 R&D 100 Technology Award. She is a Fellow of Optica and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. In 2024, Dr. Zorba was included in The Photonics100 list as one of the most innovative people in photonics.