Jennifer Rupp

L. M.
Thomas Lord Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Ph.D. Materials, ETH Zurich


(617) 253-4477


  • Ceramics
  • Electrochemistry
  • Electronic Materials
  • Energy
  • Energy Storage
  • Materials Processing
  • Nanotechnology
  • Surfaces, Interfaces, and Thin Films
  • Transport Phenomena


Prof. Jennifer Rupp is the Thomas Lord Assistant Professor of Electrochemical Materials at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and Assistant Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. Prior she is a non-tenure track assistant professor at ETH Zurich Switzerland where she was holding two prestigeous externally funded career grants, namely an ERC Starting Grant (SNSF) and Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) professorship.

She previously was affiliated as a visiting and senior scientist at the MIT (2012-2011), the National Institute of Materials Science (NIMS) in Tsukuba Japan (2011), and was working as a postdoc at ETH Zurich (2010-2006). Rupp team`s current research interests are on solid state material design and tuning of structure-property relations for novel energy and information devices and operation schemes. This ranges from alternative energy storage via solid state batteries, solar-to-synthetic fuel conversion or novel types of neuromorphic memories and computing logic entities for data storage and transfer beyond transistors and new sensing functions to track chemicals in the environemnt. Here, her team goes the whole way from material design, novel processing techniques to make ceramics, cermets or glassy-type ceramic structures up to novel device prototypes, their operation and characteristics. 

She has published more then 81 papers, holds 8 patents, and enjoys to be active discussing material tech trends on the theme of energy with the public, economists and policy makers being a frequent speaker and panel member of the World Economic Forum.

Rupp and team received several honors and awards such as Displaying Future Awards by the company Merck KGaA 2018 for a glucose converting fuel cell chip, BASF and Volkswagen Science Award 2017 for battery research,  "Top 40 international scientist under the age of 40" by World Economic Forum 2015, Spark Award for the most innovative and economically important invention of the year 2014 at ETH Zurich, Kepler award “new materials in energy technology” by the European Academy of Science 2012 or Young Scientist Award by the Solid State Ionic Society. She gave keynote lectures at Royal Society UK 2018, Nature Energy conference 2016, Gordon Research lecture 2014 and many others, also she presented on battery and energy technologies at the World Economic Forum 2017.  

Six current DMSE faculty members have been elected to the National Academy for Engineering.