Amy Prieto is a professor in the Department of Chemistry, and founder of Prieto Batteries. Her research focuses on developing synthetic methods for nanostructured materials with applications in renewable energy. Her specific emphasis is on using electrodeposition as a synthetic tool for making a 3D, high-power-density rechargeable battery; developing the solution phase synthesis of nanoparticles of earth-abundant, non-toxic materials for photovoltaic inks and of light metal hydrides for hydrogen storage; and using chemical vapor deposition reactions to develop hyperbranched nanowire structures for applications in photonics and batteries.
Prieto has received several awards, including the Presidential Early Career Award in 2012 and the Margaret B. Hazaleus Award, also in 2012.
Prieto received her B.S. in chemistry and philosophy in 1996 from Williams College, and earned her Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2001. Prieto is a member of the American Chemical Society, the Materials Research Society and the Electrochemical Society.