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Jonathan Spanier

Jonathan Spanier, PhD

Professor, Materials Science and Engineering; Affiliated Professor of Physics; Affiliated Professor of Electrical & Compiuter Engineering; Director, Centralized Research Facilities

College of Engineering

Spanier directs the Mesoscale Materials Laboratory in the College of Engineering, where his research focuses on designing, preparing and characterizing new materials. His current work includes developing materials to advance photovoltaic cells and energy storage.

With an extensive background in materials science, applied physics and physical chemistry, Spanier is pioneering the use of ferroelectrics, multiferroics, complex oxides, atomic layer deposition, nanowires and thin films in energy conversion and storage. He held research and technical staff positions at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in physical acoustics and in the semiconductor device industry before completing his doctorate degree and moving on to a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard. Spanier also served as a visiting lecturer at the Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology.

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In the News

  • Penn, Drexel scientists seek a newer, cheaper solar panel

    Jonathan Spanier, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Engineering, was featured in a Nov. 19 Philadelphia Inquirer story for publishing a study with researchers from the University of Pennsylvania about work on a newer, cheaper solar panel.

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