Richard Lunt

Richard  Lunt
  • Johansen-Crosby Endowed Professorship in Chemical Engineering
  • Established through a gift from Edwin and Mary Ann Crosby
  • Chemical Engineering and Materials Science


Richard Lunt is a Johansen Crosby Endowed Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. He is a prolific scholar and entrepreneur that is internationally recognized for his pioneering work in solar and alternative energy where he is rethinking how to harness the power of the sun.

His team in the MSU Molecular and Organic Excitonics Laboratory creates more efficient and lower-cost solar panels, and have developed entirely new kinds of solar panels using transparent materials that harvest the invisible part of the solar spectrum. These invisible solar panels can be used on windows, tall buildings, automobiles, and electronic devices to make the world more renewable without even knowing that they are there.

He received a BS in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware and a PhD, also in chemical engineering, from Princeton University.

His list of awards grows annually, from MSU’s Outstanding Faculty Award of 2017 and the College of Engineering’s Withrow Distinguished Junior Scholar Award of 2016 to the “Top Innovators Under 35 List” by the MIT Technology Review and the Ovshinsky Sustainable Energy Award of the American Physical Society, both in 2015, the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Postdoctoral Environmental Chemistry Mentor Award in 2014, and an NSF CAREER Award and DuPont Young Professor Award in 2013.