Matthew Panzer obtained an honors bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering, with distinction, from the University of Delaware. He earned his Ph.D. in chemical engineering at the University of Minnesota under the direction of Professor C. Daniel Frisbie, with a thesis entitled "Polymer Electrolyte-Gated Organic Field-Effect Transistors." Before coming to Tufts, Panzer spent two years as a postdoctoral associate at MIT in the laboratory of Professor Vladimir Bulovic. He is currently the director of graduate studies for the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering.
Research in the Panzer group seeks to develop an understanding of how solution-processed materials, including nonvolatile and flexible ionic liquid-based gel electrolytes in particular, can be effectively designed and incorporated into novel electrochemical devices for the efficient storage and responsible use of electrical energy. The group's research efforts are driven by the significant challenge facing the world today to develop cleaner, safer, and more sustainable energy solutions.