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


Jennifer Rupp is the Thomas Lord Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. Before she came to MIT, Prof. Rupp was a non-tenure-track assistant professor at ETH Zurich Switzerland where she held two prestigious, externally-funded career grants: an ERC Starting Grant (SNSF) and a Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) professorship from 2012 on.

She previously was a visiting and senior scientist at MIT (2011-2012) and at the National Institute of Materials Science (NIMS) in Tsukuba Japan (2011), and worked as a postdoc at ETH Zurich (2006-2010). Professor 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 batteries or catalytic convertor systems processed by smart material design for solar light and CO2 to renewable synthetic fuels, or novel types of neuromorphic memories and computing logic entities for data storage and transfer beyond transistors. Her team at MIT works on material design, creating novel processing techniques, and making ceramics, cermets, and glass-type ceramic structures. Her team also works on device prototypes, specifically their operation and characteristics.

She has published more than 70 papers, holds 4 patents, and enjoys actively discussing material tech trends on the theme of energy with the public, economists and policy makers. She is a frequent speaker and member of the World Economic Forum (2015-2017), and contirbutes to CNN and other television programs.

Professor Rupp and her team received several honors and awards such as the keynote lecture at the Nature Energy Conference 2016, "Top 40 international scientist under the age of 40" by World Economic Forum in 2015, Spark Award for the most innovative and economically important invention of the year at ETH Zurich, and Gordon Research lecture in 2014, the Kepler award for “new materials in energy technology” by the European Academy of Science in 2012, and the Young Scientist Award by the Solid State Ionic Society. 

Course III faculty were involved with the Manhattan Project.