Materials Science Research Lecture
More About the Speaker: Jeffrey C. Grossman is the Morton and Claire Goulder and Family Professor in Environmental Systems and a Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of Illinois, performed postdoctoral work at U.C. Berkeley, and was a Lawrence Fellow at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He returned to Berkeley as Director of a Nanoscience Center and Head of the Computational Nanoscience research group with focus on energy applications, prior to joining MIT in fall, 2009. Dr. Grossman's group uses a combination of modeling and experiment to gain fundamental understanding, develop new insights based on this understanding, then use these insights to create new materials with improved properties for energy conversion, energy storage, and clean water technologies. Prof. Grossman has been named a MacVicar Fellow of MIT, recognizing his contributions to engineering education, and he has been named a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He has published more than 200 scientific papers, holds 17 current or pending U.S. patents, and has recently started a company to commercialize his work on graphene-oxide membranes. He has appeared on a number of television/radio shows to discuss new materials for energy and water including the Fred Friendly PBS series, the Ecopolis program on the Discovery Channel, and NPR's OnPoint Radio.