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Mesoscale Materials Laboratory

The unique atomic structure of perovskite oxides allow these materials to more efficiently absorb energy from the sun for use in solar cell construction. Image credit: courtesy of PhD student Andrew Akbashev and Professor Jonathan Spanier of the Mesoscale Materials Laboratory.

The Mesoscale Materials Laboratory, under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Spanier, investigates the mesoscale phenomena and the light-matter interactions that drive remarkable electronic and functional properties in non-centrosymmetric solids. Using several film growth techniques and probing methods, they seek to advance understanding and application of ferroelectricity and the bulk photovoltaic effect.

Research Interests

  • Semiconducting ferroelectrics for robust and efficient oxide photovoltaics
  • New approaches for nanoscale transistor and memories
  • Tunable hot electron transfer physics and devices
  • Functional properties of ferroic and multi-ferroic nanostructures, e.g. for non-volatile memories and magnetic-field sensing
  • Growth and properties of semiconductor and oxide nanowires
  • Atomic layer deposition of oxide perovskite films and heterostructures
  • Inelastic light scattering and laser spectroscopy
Jonathan Spanier


Jonathan Spanier, PhD

Associate Dean, College of Engineering
LeBow 440
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