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Munday, Jeremy

Professor Jeremy Munday
Assistant Professor
ECE/IREAP/Chemical Physics Graduate Program

Research Interests 

  • Near field optics, photonics, and plasmonics for solar energy energy conversion
  • Quantum electromechanical pheomena for actuating micro- and nano-mechanical devices
  • Radiation pressure forces


Jeremy Munday received his PhD in Physics from Harvard in 2008, his BS in Physics from Middle Tennessee State University in 2003, and was a postdoctoral scholar at Caltech until 2011 when he came to the University of Maryland. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering with affiliate appointments in the Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics (IREAP) and the Chemical Physics Graduate Program. His research endeavors range from near field optics, photonics, and plasmonics for solar energy conversion to quantum electromechanical phenomena (such as the Casimir effect) for actuating micro- and nano-mechanical devices. He has received a number of recognitions, including the NASA Early Career Faculty Space Technology Research Award.

Honors and Awards 

  • Optical Society of America Alfred Lomb Medal (2015)
  • IEEE Young Investigators Award (2015)
  • SPIE Early Career Achievement Award (2014)
  • NASA Early Career Faculty Space Technology Research Award (2012)

Related News 

UMD Researchers’ New Nanoscale Solar Cells Could Revolutionize Solar Industry
Can nanostructured solar cells exceed the Shockley-Queisser limit? September 3, 2015

Jeremy Munday selected for NASA Smallsat Technology Partnership Award
ECE professor to develop reconfigurable solar sails August 24, 2015

ECE Names 2014-2015 Distinguished Dissertation Fellows
Five Electrical and Computer Engineering Ph.D. students were selected as ECE Distinguished Dissertation Fellows for 2014-15. May 14, 2015

Munday Named 2015 OSA Lomb Medal Recipeint
Professor Jeremy Munday wins highest honor for young researchers from the Optical Society of America. March 12, 2015

Munday Wins IEEE Photonics Society Young Investigator Award
Electrical and computer engineering assistant professor recognized for photonics research. February 4, 2015

Munday, Hu and Collaborators’ Research on Inside Cover of Advanced Energy Materials
Interdisciplinary collaboration leads to use of cellulose fiber paper as antireflection coating for solar cells. June 26, 2014

Munday Awarded SPIE Early Career Achievement Award
Asst. Professor Jeremy Munday recognized for early career achievement in optics and photonics. February 11, 2014

Munday Gives Two Invited Talks at OSA’s Optics and Photonics Congress
ECE Professor spoke on both PV optics using quantum dots, nanowires and photonic crystals and light trapping principles and limits for photovoltaics. November 7, 2013

Munday, Waks receive $300,000 NSF Grant
Munday is the PI for a research grant focused on improving solar cell power conversion efficiency. August 21, 2013

Munday’s Research Selected for Journal of Applied Physics Cover
ECE Professor publishes notable research on photonic bandgap materials and the Shockley-Queisser limit. September 28, 2012