MSE Colloquium: October 6, Jeffrey C. Grossman, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

grossman3:00 PM at 15 St. Mary’s St., Room 105
Refreshments served at 2:45 PM

Materials Design for Applications in Energy and Water

AbstractCurrent renewable energy conversion and storage technologies are too expensive, too ine cient, or both, substantially limiting their use and global impact. For clean water, the high cost and energy requirements of desalination limits its economic viability in many parts of the world and yet the cost of no water is even higher. At the core of these challenges is a materials choice: many of the key mechanisms are dominated by the intrinsic properties of the active materials involved. Our imperative is thus to predict, identify and manufacture new materials and designs as comprehensively and rapidly
as possible. Toward that end, we use a combination of computational and experimental approaches that serve to elucidate fundamental mechanisms that govern the e ciency in these materials in order to design and demonstrate new concepts and solutions. Examples of our recent work in the areas of solar photovoltaics, solar thermal fuels and water desalination will be presented.

Biography: Jeffrey C. Grossman is a Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his PhD
in theoretical physics from the University of Illinois, performed postdoctoral work at
UC Berkeley, was a Lawrence Fellow at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory,
and joined MIT in fall, 2009. Dr. Grossman’s group uses a combination of modeling
and experiment to gain fundamental understanding, develop new insights based on
this understanding, then use these insights to develop new materials with improved properties for energy conversion, energy storage, and clean water technologies. Prof. Grossman has been named a MacVicar Fellow of MIT, recognizing his contributions to engineering education, and he has been named a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He has published more than 150 scientific papers, and holds 17 current or pending U.S. patents.

Faculty Host: Sahar Sharifzadeh

Student Host: Aliya Mukazhanova