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Professor Jeffrey C. Grossman, Ph.D.

Professor Jeffrey C. Grossman
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
The Sun is the opposite of a laser. If it were a laser, we’d have an easier time making solar cells because we could tailor our converters of light energy to one specific wavelength.
Dr. Jeffrey C. Grossman is Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He earned his B.A. in Physics from Johns Hopkins University and his M.S. in Physics and his Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before joining MIT, Professor Grossman founded and headed the Computational Nanoscience research group at the University of California, Berkeley, which focused on designing new materials for energy applications. At MIT, he heads a research group devoted to understanding, predicting, and designing novel materials with applications in energy conversion, energy storage, and thermal transport. As a Lawrence Fellow at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, he received the Physics Directorate Outstanding Science and Technology Achievement Award. He was also awarded a coveted Sloan Fellowship soon after joining MIT. Professor Grossman's current research centers on the development of new solar thermal fuels, the design of nano-scale technologies for sequencing DNA in hours, three-dimensional photovoltaic panels, new materials to convert waste heat into electricity, and more. He has also developed entirely new ways to encourage idea generation and creativity in interdisciplinary science, including 'speedstorming,' a method of pair-wise idea generation that works similarly to a round-robin 'speed-dating' technique.
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 "I was amazed to find a professor who could speak the languages of chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics and engineering in a single course, but Dr. Grossman does it!"

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18 Courses and Sets

  1. Thermodynamics: Four Laws That Move the Universe

    Thermodynamics: Four Laws That Move the Universe

    Jeffrey C. Grossman
    Starting at $234.95 Starting at $234.95 $269.95 $234.95$269.95
    Thermodynamics is the branch of science that deals with the movement of heat. Nothing seems simpler, but nothing is more subtle and wide-ranging in its effects. And nothing has had a more profound impact on the development of modern civilization. Thermodynamics: Four Laws That Move the Universe gives you an in-depth tour of this vital and fascinating science in 24 enthralling lectures that are suitable for everyone...
  2. Understanding the Science for Tomorrow: Myth and Reality

    Understanding the Science for Tomorrow: Myth and Reality

    Jeffrey C. Grossman
    Starting at $214.95 Starting at $214.95 $254.95 $214.95$254.95
    Explore the many possibilities of what your future may look like with Understanding the Science for Tomorrow: Myth and Reality, an unforgettable survey of today's most advanced research in fields such as engineering, biology, chemistry, and theoretical physics. These 24 lectures by Professor Jeffrey C. Grossman delve into the genuine science of today's-and tomorrow's-hottest issues in an accessible manner that...
  3. (Set) Thinking about Cybersecurity: From Cyber Crime to Cyber Warfare & Understanding the Science for Tomorrow: Myth and Reality  Set

    (Set) Thinking about Cybersecurity: From Cyber Crime to Cyber Warfare & Understanding the Science for Tomorrow: Myth and Reality

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $414.90 Starting at $414.90 $474.90 $414.90$474.90
    Learn how new technologies that in many ways make our lives more convenient also pose hazards to our privacy, as well as how they will change the way you live your life in the coming months, years, and decades in this timely and important course set. In Professor Paul Rosenzweig's Thinking about Cybersecurity, you'll get an intriguing look at the structure of the Internet, the unique dangers it breeds, and the ways...
  4. (Set) Thermodynamics: Four Laws That Move the Universe & Understanding the Science for Tomorrow: Myth and Reality  Set

    (Set) Thermodynamics: Four Laws That Move the Universe & Understanding the Science for Tomorrow: Myth and Reality

    Jeffrey C. Grossman
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    Understand one of physics’ most basic fields and see some of the most intriguing applications of science now in development in this fascinating course set. First, in Thermodynamics: Four Laws That Move the Universe, you’ll see how this branch of science that deals with the movement of heat informs and impacts every other. Then, in Understanding the Science for Tomorrow: Myth and Reality, get...
  5. (Set)  Understanding the Science of Tomorrow & Experiencing Hu Set

    (Set) Understanding the Science of Tomorrow & Experiencing Hu

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $384.90 Starting at $384.90 $454.90 $384.90$454.90
  6. (Set) Thermodynamics & Dark Matter, Dark Energy Set

    (Set) Thermodynamics & Dark Matter, Dark Energy

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    Grasp the four most fundamental laws of physics and understand the cosmic phenomena that are invisible but constitute the overwhelming majority of the universe in this course set. Start with Thermodynamics: Four Laws That Move the Universe to see how this branch of science that deals with the movement of heat informs and impacts every other. Then turn to Dark Matter, Dark Energy: The Dark Side of the Universe to...
  7. (Set) Introduction to Nanotechnology: The New Science of Small  & Understanding the Science for Tomorrow: Myth and Reality  Set

    (Set) Introduction to Nanotechnology: The New Science of Small & Understanding the Science for Tomorrow: Myth and Reality

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    Witness the fascinating ways science will change the way you live in the coming months, years, and decades in this visually dynamic two-course set. First, in Introduction to Nanotechnology: The New Science of Small, you'll get an in-depth explanation of a powerful engine of innovation that operates at the level of atoms and molecules, and holds great promise for meeting some of society's greatest challenges. Then,...
  8. (Set)  Understanding the Science of Tomorrow & Chaos Set

    (Set) Understanding the Science of Tomorrow & Chaos

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
  9. (Set) Understanding the Science for Tomorrow: Myth and Reality & Understanding the Inventions That Changed the World  Set

    (Set) Understanding the Science for Tomorrow: Myth and Reality & Understanding the Inventions That Changed the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
    Grasp the nature of possible future innovations in science and technology that researchers are working on right now, as well as the backstory to inventions that have already changed our world, in this fascinating course set. In Understanding the Science for Tomorrow: Myth and Reality, you’ll get a survey of research going on in engineering, biology, chemistry, and theoretical physics, and the import this...
  10. (Set) Understanding Structures  Set

    (Set) Understanding Structures

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $859.80 Starting at $859.80 $1,019.80 $859.80$1,019.80
  11. (Set) Understanding the Science for Tomorrow & Impossible: Physics beyond the Edge  Set

    (Set) Understanding the Science for Tomorrow & Impossible: Physics beyond the Edge

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
  12. (Set) Understanding the Science for Tomorrow: Myth and Reality & Physics and Our Universe: How It All Works  Set

    (Set) Understanding the Science for Tomorrow: Myth and Reality & Physics and Our Universe: How It All Works

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $744.90 Starting at $744.90 $879.90 $744.90$879.90
    Grasp the wide-ranging field of theoretical physics as well as what applications of physics and other science fields now in development promise for our future in this fascinating course set. In Physics and Our Universe: How It All Works, you are introduced to scores of fundamental ideas such as Newtonian mechanics, waves and fluids, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, optics, and relativity and quantum...
  13. (Set) Thermodynamics: Four Laws That Move the Universe & Physics and Our Universe: How It All Works  Set

    (Set) Thermodynamics: Four Laws That Move the Universe & Physics and Our Universe: How It All Works

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $764.90 Starting at $764.90 $894.90 $764.90$894.90
  14. (Set)  Understanding the Science of Tomorrow & Quantum Mechani Set

    (Set) Understanding the Science of Tomorrow & Quantum Mechani

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
  15. (Set) The Nature of Matter & Thermodynamics Set

    (Set) The Nature of Matter & Thermodynamics

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Discover amazing insights about the physical world with this set of courses. Begin by exploring the science of chemistry, which deals with matter in its infinite variety—from electrons to high-tech materials. Then delve into the fascinating and enormously important subject of thermodynamics. Start with the basics of heat and energy and move deeper into the four laws that govern so much of the world around us.
  16. (Set)  Thermodynamics & Black Holes Explained Set

    (Set) Thermodynamics & Black Holes Explained

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $469.90 $469.90$469.90
  17. (Set) Understanding Modern Electronics & Thermodynamics Set

    (Set) Understanding Modern Electronics & Thermodynamics

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Forge a link between the fundamental laws of thermodynamics and modern electronics with this set of courses. First, understand the surprisingly simple principles that all electronic devices operate on in 24 clear and accessible lectures. Next, explore thermodynamics—the branch of science that deals with heat—to see how profound an impact it has on modern society in enthralling lectures.
  18. (Set)  Thermodynamics & The Life and Death of Stars Set on sale

    (Set) Thermodynamics & The Life and Death of Stars

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $397.00 Starting at $124.90 $142.90 $124.90$142.90
    Gain a deeper understanding of the universe around us with this set of courses. First, delve into the fascinating and enormously important subject of thermodynamics in Thermodynamics: Four Laws that Move the Universe. Then, gain an astronomer’s understanding of spectacular celestial bodies in The Life and Death of Stars which features dazzling imagery from Hubble, informative graphics, and computer animations.