Prof. Jeffrey C Grossman

Morton (1924) and Claire Goulder and Family Professor in Environmental Systems
Department Head / Materials Science and Engineering
Margaret MacVicar Faculty Fellow

Primary DLC

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

MIT Room: 6-113

Assistant

Laura von Bosau
vonbosau@mit.edu

Areas of Interest and Expertise

Computational Materials Science
Condensed Matter Physics
Energy Storage and Conversion
Materials Chemistry
Mechanical Behavior of Materials
Nanotechnology
Thermodynamics
Thermoelectrics
Photovoltaics
Solar Fuels
Cement
Desalination
Shale Gas
Thermal Transport

Research Summary

Professor Grossman's overall strategy and approach to scientific problems is to use theory and simulation to gain fundamental understanding, develop new insights based on this understanding, and use these insights to develop new materials with improved properties -- working closely with experimental groups at each step.

In general, Grossman strives to apply cutting-edge algorithm development to outstanding science and technology challenges, with emphasis on understanding and predicting new materials for advances in energy conversion, energy storage, thermal transport, surface phenomena, and synthesis. His approach does not necessarily rely on a single method to solve a given problem nor does he favor one computational approach over another; rather, Grossman believes in using the best method(s) available and those most suited to tackle the challenge at hand. The vision Grossman has set for his research program includes a strong emphasis on a multidisciplinary approach in order to expand the scientific possibilities beyond any one discipline or field, and to allows students in the group to gain exposure to a broad intersection of computational materials science.

Whenever possible Grossman strives to work on problems related to materials that are directly relevant to global challenges; therefore in addition to cross-disciplinary collaborations related to my research goals, he actively pursue key partnerships with colleagues from both academia and industry in order to work on materials breakthroughs that could one day be scalable, robust and compatible with existing infrastructure and manufacturing to the extent possible. Unsolved fundamental scientific problems will have a tremendous impact on many of the global challenges we face today, such as those related to energy and the environment. For example, the limits of quantum efficiency in abundant materials, the limits of energy density for storage materials, and the limits of thermal transport, are all largely unknown in many materials and yet critically important to their behavior.

He is also interested in the general topic of how we do science and how we can do it better.

Recent Work