P.C. Rossin College of
Engineering and Applied Science

Himanshu Jain

Diamond Distinguished Chair and Professor; Director, International Materials Institute for New Functionality in Glass; Director, Institute for Functional Materials & Devices (i-FMD)
Sinclair Lab 120A
7 Asa Drive
Bethlehem, PA 18015
Himanshu Jain

Areas of Research

Medicine and Life Science
Electrical Characterization
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)