Jeffrey C. Grossman




Jeffrey C. Grossman is the Carl Richard Soderberg Associate Professor of Power Engineering 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. Prof. Grossman joined MIT in summer 2009, assuming a position that was the result of an interdepartmental search organized by the School of Engineering, for faculty pursuing energy research. His group uses theory and simulation to gain fundamental understanding, develop new insights based on this understanding, and then use these insights to develop new materials for energy conversion and storage with improved properties – working closely with experimental groups at each step. He has published more than 80 scientific papers on the topics of solar photovoltaics, thermoelectrics, hydrogen storage, solar fuels, nanomechanical phenomena, and self-assembly. He has appeared on a number of television shows recently to discuss new materials for energy including the Fred Friendly PBS series and the Ecopolis program on the Discovery Channel. He holds 6 current or pending U.S. patents.

Selected Publications

P. A. Greaney and J. C. Grossman, “Nanomechanical Resonance Spectroscopy: A Novel Route to Label-Free Ultra-Sensitive Detection,” NanoLetters 8, 2648 (2008).

L. Wagner and J. C. Grossman, “Light-Induced Defects in Amorphous Silicon Solar Cells,” Physical Review Letters 101, 265501 (2008).

J.-H. Lee, G. Galli, and J. C. Grossman, “Nanoporous Si as an Efficient Thermoelectric Material,” NanoLetters 8, 3750 (2008). [Nature Materials “Highlight”, Nat. Mat. 7, 925 (2008)].

P. A. Greaney, G. Lani, G. Cicero, and J. C. Grossman, "Anomalous Dissipation in Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Resonators," NanoLetters 9 3699 (2009).

B. Myers, M. Bernardi, and J. C. Grossman, "Three-dimensional photovoltaics," Applied Physics Letters 96 71902 (2009).

J. C. Grossman, “It’s Time to Blur the Lines Between Basic and Applied Research,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, Volume 55, Issue 37, May 22, 2009.

J. Cao, E. Ertekin, V. Srinivasan, W. Fan, S. Huang, H. Zheng, J. W. L. Yim, D. R. Khanal, D. F. Ogletree, J. C. Grossman, and J. Wu, "Strain engineering and one-dimensional organization of metal-insulator domains in single-crystal VO2 beams," Nature Nanotechnology 4 732 (2009).

L. K. Wagner and J. C. Grossman, "Quantum Monte Carlo Calculations for Minimum Energy Structures," Physical Review Letters 104 210201 (2010).

J.-H. Lee, J. Wu, and J. C. Grossman, "Enhancing the Thermoelectric Power Factor with Highly Mismatched Isoelectronic Doping," Physical Review Letters 104 16602 (2010).

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