Jennifer Dionne is an associate professor in the department of Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University. In 2009, Jen received her Ph. D. in Applied Physics at the California Institute of Technology, working with Professor Harry Atwater. In 2010, Jen served as a postdoctoral research fellow in Chemistry, working with Professor Paul Alivisatos at the University of CA, Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Jen's research develops new nano and optical materials for applications ranging from high-efficiency energy conversion and storage to bioimaging and manipulation. This research has led to demonstration of negative refraction at visible wavelengths, development of a subwavelength silicon electro-optic modulator, design of plasmonic optical tweezers for enantioselective sorting, demonstration of a metamaterial fluid, and synthesis of high-efficiency and active upconverting materials. Most recently, Jen has developed in situ techniques to visualize chemical transformations and light-matter interactions with nanometer-scale spatial resolution..
Recently, Jen was awarded the Adolph Lomb Medal (2016), a Sloan Fellowship (2015), Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award (2015), and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (2014), as well as the inaugural Kavli Nanoscience Early Career Lectureship from MRS (2013). She was also named one of Technology Review's TR35 - 35 international innovators under 35 tackling important problems in transformative ways (2011). In addition, she has received the Outstanding Young Alum award from Washington University in St. Louis (2012), the CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation (2012), an Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Grant (2010), the Clauser Prize for best Caltech thesis (2009), and the Materials Research Society Gold Award for outstanding graduate student (2008). Jen has received several best paper awards at international conferences and holds patents on all-optical chiral resolution, upconverting materials, optical tweezers, nano-optical tomography, plasmonic modulators, and plasmonic display technologies. Her work also been featured in Nature, Science, and other major scientific journals, as well as on PBS and in Michio Kaku's book 'Physics of the Impossible.'
Jen perceives outreach as a critical component of her role as an educator, and is active both in the scientific and general communities. She enjoys teaching three classes ('Materials Chemistry', 'Optoelectronics, and 'Science of the Impossible') and serving on various symposia committees, including the Plasmonics/Nanophotonics Gordon Conference (elected Vice Chair for 2018), the National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering Meeting (2015), and the Semiconducting Nanocrystals/Plasmonic Materials/Metamaterials symposia for the Materials Research Society meetings (2010, 2012, 2013, 2017). She is also recruiting the next generation of scientists and engineers through various public speaking engagements and science/ performing and visual art exhibits geared towards the general public and local elementary and high school students. Her teaching and outreach has earned her the Tau Beta Pi Outstanding Engineering teaching award (2016) and a spot on Oprah's list of '50 things that will make you say 'Wow!'.
When not in the lab, Jen enjoys cycling the latest century, exploring new cities, cultures, and cuisines, and reliving her childhood with her two young sons.