W.E. Moerner conducts research in physical chemistry and chemical physics of single molecules, biophysics, super-resolution imaging and tracking in cells, and trapping of single molecules in solution. His interests span optical methods of precise quantitation of individual molecular properties, to strategies for three-dimensional imaging and tracking, to applications of single-molecule measurements to understand biological processes in cells, to observations of the photodynamics of single photosynthetic proteins and enzymes.
Moerner has been elected a Member of the National Academy of Sciences, and Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, AAAS, ACS, APS and OSA. Major awards include the Earle K. Plyler Prize for Molecular Spectroscopy, the Irving Langmuir Prize in Chemical Physics, the Peter Debye Award in Physical Chemistry, the Wolf Prize in Chemistry and the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. He has received the national Distinguished Eagle Scout Award.
Moerner earned his PhD in Physics from Cornell University. He joined the Society’s Board of Trustees in 2018.