Frances Houle is a co-PI and Thrust Lead in the Center for High Precision Patterning Science EFRC, and Deputy Director of the Liquid Sunlight Alliance DOE Energy Innovation Hub. She is a Senior Scientist in the Chemical Sciences and Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging Divisions at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). Her scientific interests are in the areas of coupled reaction-transport processes relevant to chemical modification of polymer, semiconductor and metal interfaces, surface and thin films as well as aerosols and nanomaterials using novel experimental and computational techniques. She received the BA from the University of California at Irvine and the PhD from the California Institute of Technology, both in chemistry.  Her prior appointments include Research Staff Member in the IBM Research Division in San Jose, California, Manager of Materials Development at the startup company InVisage Technologies, and Deputy Director for Science and Research Integration of the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (LBNL). She has received numerous awards including a 2022 R&D100 Award, the 2009 American Vacuum Society John A. Thornton Memorial Award and Lecture, the 1999 American Institute of Chemical Engineers Northern California Section Research Project of the Year, and the 1998 IBM Environmental Affairs Excellence Award. She is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and Fellow of the AVS, and member of the American Chemical Society, the Electrochemical Society and the Materials Research Society. She has been active in professional service, and is currently Past Chair of the Ethics Committee of the American Physical Society and a member of scientific advisory committees for EU2020 projects and DOE EFRCs.