Alexie Kolpak

Mechanical Engineering
Alexie Kolpak joined the faculty in July as an Assistant Professor. Alexie graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned her B.A. in Biochemistry and her M.S. in Chemistry, both in 2002. She then continued her graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania and earned her Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry in 2007, under the supervision of Professor Andrew M. Rappe. There she was named the Atofina Fellow for Graduate Research. Following her Ph.D. she was a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Applied Physics at Yale University where she worked with Prof. Sohrab Ismail-Beigi. She was a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering here at MIT working with Prof. Jeffrey C. Grossman. Alexis’s research employs atomic and electronic structure modeling techniques such as density functional theory (DFT) to elucidate fundamental chemical and physical principles of surface and interfacial phenomena. Alexie’s research is highly interdisciplinary in nature and has included strong collaborations with experimentalists aimed at the engineering of interfacial structures for a variety of important applications, including renewable energy, novel electronics technologies, and integrated nanoscale medical devices.