Jennifer L. M. Rupp

  • Thomas Lord Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Ph.D. Materials, ETH Zurich

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

Jennifer L. M. Rupp

Research

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

She previously held positions as visiting and senior scientist at MIT (2012–2011) and the National Institute of Materials Science (NIMS) in Tsukuba Japan (2011), and was a postdoc at ETH Zurich (2010–2006). The 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 environment. 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 than 81 papers, holds 8 patents, and enjoys actively 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.

Professor Rupp and her team have 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.  

Recent News

Student wins Broshy Graduate Fellowship

Philipp Simons received this IMES Graduate Fellowship and will be joining Professor Rupp's group.  "The Broshy Graduate Fellowship program aims to support the research and education of an exceptional graduate student whose work…  

Jennifer Rupp joins DMSE in January, 2017

Professor Jennifer Rupp will start as Assistant Professor in January 2017. She is a French and German native and currently an Assistant Professor of Electrochemical Materials at ETH Zurich in Switzerland. She studied at the University of Vienna before receiving a Ph.D. in Materials at ETG Zurich…