Professor Jeffrey Grossman’s research focuses on a wide array of nanomaterials and energy related applications. Researchers in his Grossman Group target fundamental materials understanding and novel materials and devices for consumer and industrial adoption. Their research has included the development of materials that can store solar energy chemically, and then release the energy at a later time as heat, a process for constructing electronic components out of coal, novel 3-D arrangements for solar panels, and the use of graphene for water desalination.


Professor Grossman earned a BA in physics at Johns Hopkins University in 1991 and did graduate work at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, earning a PhD in theoretical physics in 1996. He was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California at Berkeley and then a Lawrence Fellow at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. In 2009 he joined MIT, where he developed a research program known for its contributions to energy conversion, energy storage, membranes, and clean-water technologies. He has published more than 200 scientific papers, holds 17 current or pending patents, and recently co-founded two Massachusetts companies to commercialize novel membranes materials for efficient industrial separations. One is ViaSeparations, which commercializes graphene-oxide membranes to separate chemicals for manufacturing. The other is SiTration, a company that commercializes silicon membranes for chemical-free, energy-efficient extraction and recycling of critical materials.

Key Publications

Significantly enhanced sub-ambient passive cooling enabled by evaporation, radiation, and insulation

Achieved substantial cooling capacity by controlling the effects of evaporative cooling, radiation, and thermal transport. Even in high-humidity areas, the process works without electricity and needs very little water.

Traditional passive cooling relies on only evaporation, where water is consumed quickly. The process is not sustainable and not very effective in areas with high humidity either.

As climate change accelerates, the poorest and hardest-hit regions of the world need to access cooling. This necessitates a system that will work effectively with zero or minimal dependence on electricity and water.

Awards & Honors

Committed to Caring, MIT
MacVicar Faculty Fellow, MIT
Bose Award for Excellence in Teaching