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Himanshu Jain

Department: Materials Science and Engineering

Position: Diamond Distinguished Chair and Professor
Director, International Materials Institute for New Functionality in Glass

Address: Sinclair Lab 120A
7 Asa Drive
Bethlehem, PA 18015
(610) 758-4217

Areas of Research

  • Medicine and Life Science
  • Telecommunications
  • Electrical Characterization
  • Photonics
  • Biomaterials
  • Ceramics
  • Glasses
  • Electronic Materials
  • Nanomaterials and Nanocomposites
  • Optical Materials
  • Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS)
  • Microelectronics/Solid State Devices
  • National Defense
  • Optical Characterization
  • Structural and Chemical Characterization
  • Synthesis and Processing


Dr. Jain's research activities include functionality in glass through fundamentals; point defects, electrical relaxation, conductivity, and dielectrics properties of amorphous and crystalline ceramics; light-induced novel phenomena; and glasses for IR sensors, photo- and nano-lithography, and photonics. He also studies tailored transparent ferroelectric nano-composites; nano-macro porous glass for bone scaffolds; surface conduction; mechanisms of diffusion and nuclear spin relaxation in glasses; effect of radiation on transport properties; liquid phase sintering; processing of materials for optical applications; and corrosion of glass in relation to manufacturing and nuclear waste disposal. Dr. Jain has edited eight books and the author of two U.S. patents and more than 275 research articles.

Dr. Jain directs the International Materials Institute for New Functionality in Glass, a National Science Foundation-funded collaboration between Lehigh University and Penn State University that promotes international collaboration for developing new functionalities and applications of glass. Prior to joining the Lehigh faculty in 1985, Dr. Jain was a researcher in the Materials Science Division of Argonne National Laboratory and the Nuclear Waste Management Division of Brookhaven National Laboratory. Among his honors are the Otto Schott Research international prize, Zachariasen international award for outstanding contribution to glass research, Doan award from his department's senior class for most influential teacher, and Fulbright and Humboldt fellowships. He is a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society.


  • D.Eng.Sc., Materials Science, Columbia University
  • M.Tech., Indian Institiute of Technology (India)
  • M.S., Banaras Hindu University (India)
  • B.S., Kanpur University (India)