Jeffrey C. Grossman is a Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. He majored in physics at Johns Hopkins University, where he received his bachelor’s degree, and then went to the University of Illinois to carry out his graduate studies, where he earned a Ph.D. in theoretical physics. Professor Grossman performed postdoctoral work at U.C. Berkeley, and was then awarded the Lawrence Fellowship at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where he helped to established their research program in nanotechnology. He returned to U.C. Berkeley as Director of a Nanoscience Center and Head of the Computational Nanoscience research group, which he founded, with a focus on designing new materials for energy applications. Prof. Grossman joined MIT in Fall 2009, assuming a position that was the result of an interdepartmental search organized by the School of Engineering, for faculty pursuing energy research. At MIT, he leads a research group that develops and applies a wide range of theory and simulation techniques to gain fundamental understanding, develop new insights based on this understanding, and then use these insights to design new materials for energy conversion and storage with improved properties working closely with experimental groups at each step.
Recently, Professor Grossman launched his own experimental Lab to complement the modeling work. He has published more than 140 scientific papers on the topics of solar photovoltaics, thermoelectrics, hydrogen storage, solar fuels, nanotechnology, and self-assembly. He has appeared on a number of television shows to discuss new materials for energy including the Fred Friendly PBS series and the Ecopolis program on the Discovery Channel. He holds 11 current or pending U.S. patents.