Nikolai Zhitenev is the Group Leader of the Nanoscale Processes and Measurements Group. He received an M.S. degree in Physics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Russia (with honors, eq. summa cum laude), and a Ph.D. degree in Condensed Matter Physics from the Institute of Solid State Physics, Russia. Nikolai was an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the Max-Planck Institute for Solid State Physics, Stuttgart, Germany, and then a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He then joined the staff at Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, where his research focused on electronic transport in different physical systems, ranging from two-dimensional electron gasses in Si, Ge and GaAs, to semiconductor and metal quantum dots, to nanoscale molecular and polymer devices. Nikolai holds four patents and has over 85 publications in high-profile journals including Science, Nature, Physical Review Letters and Nano Letters. As a staff member in the Nanoscale Device Characterization Division, Nikolai leads multiple projects related to the measurement of electronic properties of novel materials patterned into nanoscale devices, and to the development of local characterization of photovoltaic materials and devices.