Dr. Jonathan Spanier

Professor; Associate Dean of Strategic Planning, College of Engineering

Contact Information

LeBow 440
(215) 895-2301

Academic and Professional Preparation

  • Harvard University — Postdoctoral Fellow, Physical Chemistry 2001-2003 (with Hongkun Park)
  • Columbia University — Applied Physics, Ph.D. 2001 (with Irving P. Herman)
  • The Catholic Univ. of America — Electrical Engineering (Acoustics), M.S. 1994
  • Drew University — Physics & Music, B.A. 1990

Academic and Professional Appointments

  • Professor of MSE, with tenure, 2014-present
  • Associate Professor of MSE, with tenure, 2008-2014
  • Associate Dept. Head of MSE (interim), 2006-2008
  • Affiliated faculty of Physics 2014-present
  • Affiliated faculty of Electrical Eng. 2005-present
  • Affiliated faculty of Mechanical Eng. & Mechanics, 2004-present
  • Assistant Professor of Materials Science & Eng., 2003-2008
  • Visiting Lecturer, Technion, 2001
  • Staff Scientist, Kulite Semiconductor Products, Inc., 1994-2001
  • Research Engineer, US Naval Research Laboratory, 1990-1994

Research Areas

  • New materials for efficient solar energy conversion: chemical design and preparation of inexpensive and narrow band gap polar oxides composed of earth-abundant elements.
  • "Nanoelectronics in 2020 and beyond": device paradigms using surface and interface engineering of functionalities and of emergent light-matter interactions.
  • Environmentally benign thin-film synthesis routes for high-performance thin film technology.

Research Keywords

photovoltaics, ferroelectrics and multiferroics, complex oxides, atomic layer deposition, nanowires, Raman scattering

Selected Awards & Honors

  • Japan Trust Foundation Fellow, Fujitsu Laboratories, Ltd., and the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) and 2014.
  • Distinguished Service Award, Louis R. Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, Drexel University, 2013
  • ONR Summer Senior Faculty Fellowship, 2011
  • Outstanding Alumni Award in the Sciences, Drew Univ., 2010
  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists & Engineers (PECASE), 2007
  • Army Research Office Young Investigator Award, 2004
  • University Provost Fellow, Drexel Univ., 2009
  • TMS Young Faculty Career Award, Honorable Mention, 2007
  • Innovation Award, Nano-Bio Interface Ctr., Univ. of Pennsylvania, 2005
  • PhD conferred with Distinction by Trustees of Columbia Univ., 2001
  • Elected to Sigma Xi, 2001

Selected Memberships & Service

  • Symposium Co-Organizer, "Frontiers in Complex Oxides," Fall MRS Meeting, 2014
  • MRS, APS, AAAS
  • Symposium Co-Organizer, Spring MRS Meeting, 2014
  • Organizing Committee, Quantum Dots and Nanostructures XI/Photonics West/SPIE OPTO, 2014
  • Session Chair, European MRS, Raman Scattering (honoring 100th anniversary of birth of C. V. Raman) Warsaw, 2008
  • APS, Semiconductor Nanowires, Baltimore, 2013
  • Editorial Board: Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology (InTech)
  • Director, Drexel University Centralized Research Facilities (CRF), 2011-present
  • Chair, Committee on Core Facilities, 2014-present
  • Chair, Steering Committee for the 2013-18 Strategic Plan for the Drexel College of Engineering
  • Co-chair, University Task Force on Nano Infrastructure, 2012
  • Member, Search Committee for the Dean of Engineering, 2010-11
  • Member, Drexel University Strategic Plan Implementation Task Force 1A: The Student Academic Experience, 2014
  • Member, Drexel University University Advisory Committee, Revision of the University Charter, 2014
  • Director/PI: Drexel Renewable Energy Technology and Infrastructure Networks (RETAIN), GAANN project for PhD assistantships, 2010-present
  • Director/PI: Engineers as Global Leaders in Energy and Sustainability (EAGLES) DoEd/EU ATLANTIS project for student and faculty int'l mobility, 2010-present
  • University Liaison, Energy Commercialization Institute of the Commonwealth of PA, 2010-11
  • Chair, MSE Faculty Search Committee, 2006, 2007, 2009
  • Member, MSE Faculty Search Committee, 2010
  • Member, Nano-Bio Interface Center Ethics Advisory Board, 2006

Patents, Publications & Invited Talks

  • 7 US and int'l patents and patents-pending
  • >60 peer-reviewed archival journal publications
  • >50 invited talks since 2003.
  • 10 US and int'l patents and patents pending

Former advisees

  • Five former graduates/advisees/postdoctoral mentees of JES currently hold tenure-track faculty positions
    • Dr. Linyou Cao, Assistant Professor of Materials Science & Engineering, North Carolina State Univ.
    • Dr. Bora Garipcan, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, Hacettepe Univ., Ankara, Turkey
    • Dr. Gregory Soja, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, D'Youville College, Buffalo, NY
    • Dr. Cristian Staii, Assistant Professor of Physics, Tufts Univ., Medford MA
    • Dr Stephen S Nonnenmann, Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Univ. of Massachusetts at Amherst