Jacek Jasinski, PhD, is a Research Scientist and Materials Characterization Theme Leader focused on understanding the mechanisms underlying physical properties and functionality of technologically important device structures and materials. He also oversees the Materials & Energy Technology (MET) Service Center.
Dr. Jasinski earned his M.Sc. in Solid State Physics (1992) and doctorate in Physics of Semiconductors from Warsaw University (Poland) in 1997. He served as junior faculty at the Institute of Experimental Physics at the Warsaw University, Poland (1997-2000), Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Materials Science at the Lawrence Berkley National Lab (2000-2004), and Post-doctoral Researcher in Engineering at the University of California, Merced (2004-2005). Between 2005 and 2008, he was a Research Scientist in the School of Engineering at the University of California. In 2008, he joined the Institute for Advanced Materials and Renewable Energy at the University of Louisville Speed School of Engineering as Chief Scientist. In 2009, Jacek was appointed Theme Leader in Materials Characterization at the Conn Center.
Jacek is author/co-author of 200 original research papers in refereed journals, over 40 articles in refereed conference proceedings, and is co-author of a book chapter in "Dilute III-V Nitride Semiconductors and Materials Systems." He is a member of the Editorial Board of ChemEngineering. He serves as a reviewer for a number of journals, including Angewandte Chemie, Applied Physics Letters, Microscopy and Microanalysis, Catalysis Today, Small Methods, Journal of Raman Spectroscopy, and physica status solid. He also serves as a proposal reviewer for the DOE Basic Energy Sciences (BES) Program and the Center for Functionalized Nanomaterials at Brookhaven National Laboratory. He is a co-organizer of scientific symposia and meetings, such as Symposium K: Graphene and Graphene Nanocomposites at the 2014 MRS Fall Meeting, Symposium TC4 on Advances In Spatial, Energy and Time Resolution In Electron Microscopy at the 2016 MRS Fall Meeting, and the biennial Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency (RE3) Workshops. Among his awards are the Foundation for Polish Science Award (1997) and the Polish Physical Society Award (1992).
In his current position, Jacek collaborates with UofL and external faculty as well as industrial partners on a number of various materials development projects, mainly in the fields of energy, catalysis, and nanomaterials. In his research, he applies electron microscopy in combination with diffraction and spectroscopic techniques to study the relationship between material structures and their chemistry and physical properties to understand mechanisms underlying physical properties, functionality, and durability of technologically important materials and device structures.