02/07/19 - 9:45 AM to 10:45 AM
Dow Lecture Series: Professor Erik Grumstrup
Dow Lecture Series
Research in the Professor Grumstrup's group operates at the intersection of materials science and advanced spectroscopy, where his researchers aim to address challenges associated with next-generation photovoltaic materials, nanoscale electronics, and heterogeneous catalysis. Researchers are particularly interested in photochemistry and transport processes that occur on length scales between 10 nm and 10 um, where defects, proximity to surfaces, interfacial regions, and changes in morphology are critical determiners of functionality. To characterize this “mesoscale” region, researchers develop and utilize nonlinear optical microscopies with femtosecond (~10(-15) second) temporal resolution and sub-micron (10(-6) meter) spatial resolution that allow us to watch non-equilibrium dynamics as they evolve in both space and time. They ultimately seek to understand fundamental questions of material functionality: How does charge separation occur in bulk heterojunction solar cells? Where are the active sites on nanostructured catalysts? How does electron mobility change at the interface of two material domains? Questions like these guide our group as we tackle problems in materials science, interfacial chemistry, nanoscience, and optics.
Erik Grumstrup is an alumnus of the University of Minnesota, earning his bachelor's degree in 2006. His undergraduate research adviser was Professor Kenneth Leopold. He earned his doctorate from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He was an National Resource Council Research Associate at the Army Research Office, and a post-doctoral fellow at the University of North Carolina. He has been with Montana State University since 2015.