Max Shtein

Professor of Chemical Engineering
Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Professor of Macromolecular Science and Engineering
Professor of Art and Design, School of Art and Design
Director of Academic Programs, Center for Entrepreneurship
College of Engineering
Center for Entrepreneurship
Penny W Stamps School of Art and Design
(734) 764-4312

Max Shtein earned his B.S. from University of California Berkeley in 1998 and his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2004. He has made enabling contributions to the science and technology of organic optoelectronics, including the modeling and demonstration of novel devices and highly scalable methods of device processing, some of which are being commercialized. He joined the Materials Science and Engineering department at the University of Michigan in 2004, where he has focused on the physics and technology of organic optoelectronic materials and devices. He is the recipient of the MRS graduate student Gold Medal Award, the Newport Award for Excellence and Leadership in Photonics and Optoelectronics, the Holt Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the MSE Department Achievement Award, and the Vulcan Prize for Excellence in Education.

Research Interests: 
The Shtein group’s research is focused on organic semiconductors, organic-inorganic hybrid materials and nanocomposites geared toward efficient energy conversion. The group studies the physical properties of these materials and apply this knowledge to solid state device design and fabrication. In particular, devices of interest include transistors, LEDs, solar cells, memories, near-field optical microscopy probes and others. As an integral part of this work, they develop novel techniques for organic semiconductor processing, including large-area vapor-phase deposition, high-resolution direct patterning (solvent-free printing), molecular self-assembly and a range of the more traditional nano- and microfabrication methods. One of the key challenges is to preserve the molecular-level order in the process of fabricating organic electronics on various large-area substrates at low-cost (e.g. low-cost, lightweight solar cells). The work requires the expertise from several disciplines, including chemistry, materials characterization, semiconductor device physics, semiconductor processing, chemical engineering and many others. The areas of potential impact range from alternative energy technologies, to chemical catalysis, to biotechnology and even quantum computing.