Jonathan Halpert

Senior Lecturer-Chemistry School of Chemical and Physical Sciences


Teaching in 2017

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Research interests

My interest is in the synthesis and characterization of nanostructured materials, such as semiconductor nanocrystals, organic pervoskite crystals and polymer-inorganic hybrid materials for optoelectronic applications. These materials can be deposited via solution based processes like spin-casting, inkjet printing and roll-to-roll printing to make solar cells, light emitting devices (LEDs), photodetectors, sensors and other devices that make use of the unique optical and electronic properties of nanoscale materials. Thin film devices produced by these methods are just now beginning to replace older technologies in fields like displays, solar power generation and printable transistors.


Dr. Jonathan E. Halpert joined the faculty of the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences as a Lecturer in October of 2013. He was previously a postdoctoral researcher in the Optoelectronics (OE) Group in the Cavendish Lab/Department of Physics at the University of Cambridge. He was a Visiting Fellow in 2010 in the lab of Dan Wang at the Institute for Process Engineering (Nanomaterials Division) at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in Beijing as recipient of the "Fellowship for Young International Researchers".

Dr. Halpert’s postdoctoral research was focused on understanding the unique physics of solar cells based on "green" cupric chalcogenide semiconductor nanocrystals, in particular copper indium sulfide, and synthesizing novel materials.

Prior to this Dr. Halpert received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2008 while working in the group of Professor Moungi Bawendi. His thesis was entitled "Design and Synthesis of Semiconductor Nanocrystals for Optoelectronic Applications". He received his B.S. in 2003 from Tufts University where he majored in ACS Chemistry and minored in mathematics.

Dr. Halpert is an author on over 25 peer reviewed articles and eight U.S. and world patents, and has published first and joint-first authored papers in such journals as Nano Letters, Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS) and Nature Photonics.

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