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Jonathon Spanier

Jonathan Spanier


Contact Information

LeBow 440
Mesoscale Materials Laboratory

Academic and Professional Preparation

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

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


  • 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