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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 

  • NSF CAREER Award (2016)
  • ONR YIP Award (2016)
  • 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 

“Solar Smart Window” Offers Privacy and Light Control on Demand
UMD researchers have created a new smart window that can turn opaque on demand and power other devices November 29, 2016

Paley Presents at NAE 2016 Frontiers of Engineering Symposium
Three Clark School faculty attend NAE 2016 Frontiers of Engineering Symposium. October 21, 2016

Solar cells improved with nanospheres is subject of ACS journal cover
Leite and Munday work featured October 19, 2016

Munday, Ha, and Collaborators' Research featured on the Cover of ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces

Nanospheres light up solar cells
October 12, 2016

Cover of Nanotechnology Features Work From the Munday Lab
The June Issue of Nanotechnology features Prof. Jeremy Munday student's research July 12, 2016

Diagnosing Better Efficiencies for Solar Cells
New UMD imaging technique could yield more efficient solar cells December 11, 2015

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