About Jay Switzer


  • Wayne State University, Doctor of Philosophy, 1979

Professional links

  • Fellow AAAS
  • Fellow MRS
  • Fellow ECS
  • Member ACS
  • Member ISE
  • Member APS

Jay Switzer

227 Straumanis-James Hall

573-341-4383 | jswitzer@mst.edu | Personal site


  • Wayne State University, Doctor of Philosophy, 1979

Professional links

  • Fellow AAAS
  • Fellow MRS
  • Fellow ECS
  • Member ACS
  • Member ISE
  • Member APS


Jay A. Switzer is the Donald L. Castleman Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Missouri University of Science and Technology. He is also a Curators' Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and a Senior Investigator in the Materials Research Center. He has spent most of his adult life working on the electrodeposition of nanostructured metal oxide semiconductors, magnetic materials, and catalysts. Switzer is best known for his work on the electrodeposition of epitaxial metal oxides, oxide superlattices, and chiral surfaces. He received his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Cincinnati, and his Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Wayne State University, under the direction of Professor John F. Endicott. After receiving his Ph.D. he joined Union Oil Company of California (UNOCAL) as a Senior Research Chemist. His research at UNOCAL was on photoelectrochemistry and the electrochemical processing of photovoltaic cells. In 1986, Switzer joined the Materials Science and Engineering Department of the University of Pittsburgh as an Associate Professor. In 1990, Switzer moved to the University of Missouri, Rolla as Professor of Chemistry. Dr. Switzer received the Electrodeposition Research Award from The Electrochemical Society. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Materials Research Society (MRS), The Electrochemical Society (ECS), and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS).


Expertise areas

Inorganic Materials Chemistry, Electrochemistry, Epitaxial Growth, Photoelectrochemistry, Electrocatalysis

Current research projects

  • Epitaxial electrodeposition of metal oxides
  • Photoelectrochemistry
  • Electrocatalysis
  • Spin coating epitaxial films
  • Epitaxial lift-off of single crystal foils for flexible electronics
  • Topotactic transformations of epitaxial films
  • Electrodeposition of two-dimensional chiral surfaces
  • Chiral catalysis
  • Chiral crystallization

Spin coating epitaxial films. Left: cartoon of spin coating process. Right: micrographs of spin-coated materials.

Research interests

Inorganic materials chemistry, Electrochemistry, Synthesis and processing of nanoscale metal oxides, Electrodeposition of superlattices, Epitaxial growth, X-ray diffraction and scanning probe microscopy, Quantum confinement, Spintronic materials and devices, Epitaxial electrodeposition, High-temperature superconductors, Chiral electrodeposition, Chiral catalysts and sensors, Spin coating epitaxial films.

Research funding

  • DOE "Epitaxial Electrodeposition of Metal Oxide Thin Films and
    Superlattices for Energy Conversion and Storage" -
    Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Science,
    Division of Materials Sciences & Engineering, Synthesis &
    Processing Program, Proposal #DE-FG02-08ER46518, $2,370,000,
    thirteen years, September 1, 2008-August 31, 2021. Sole PI
    on grant (100% shared credit).


Awards and recognition


  • 2003 ECS Electrodeposition Research Award 204th Electrochemical Society National Meeting, Orlando, FL, October
    12-16, 2003. Award address given in Symposium A2 - Nanostructured
    Materials. Award address, Epitaxial Electrodeposition of Metal Oxide
  • 2006 American Chemical Society Midwest Award
  • President's Award for Research and Creativity- May, 2007
  • Elected as Fellow to AAAS in November, 2013
  • Elected as Fellow to MRS in April, 2015.
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowship, 2017
  • Elected as Fellow of ECS in May, 2018