Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
B.A. in Physics, Johns Hopkins University, 1991
M.S. in Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1992
Ph.D. in Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1996
Room 13-5049


(617) 324-3566


(617) 252-1175


  • Computational Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Energy Storage
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Mechanical Behavior of Materials
  • Nanotechnology
  • Thermodynamics


Jeffrey C. Grossman 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.

Robert H. Richards, class of 1868, established MIT’s Alumni Association. He was also Course III’s first department head.