Professor Jonathan Friedman Receives Grant for Research of Quantum Mechanical Effects in Single-Molecule Nanomagnets and Superconducting Devices

June 2010

In the Merrill Science Center lab of Associate Professor of Physics Jonathan Friedman, you’ll find magnets consisting of only one molecule each and student researchers who custom-build much of their own equipment. With the support of a recent grant from the National Science Foundation, this summer the professor and his students are continuing their cutting-edge research of quantum mechanical effects in single-molecule nanomagnets and superconducting devices.

Physics Department Lands NSF Grant to Buy New Electron-Beam Evaporation System

January 20, 2010
Peter Rooney
Director of Public Affairs

AMHERST, Mass.—The Physics Department at AmherstCollege will be the beneficiary of federal stimulus money, thanks to a $350,000 National Science Foundation grant received by Professors Jonathan Friedman, David Hall and Larry Hunter and UMass physicist Mark Tuominen. 

Work of Amherst College Physics Professor Jonathan Friedman Named a Milestone by Nature Magazine

Submitted by Caroline J. Hanna

August 19, 2008
Caroline Jenkins Hanna
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass. – Nature, one of the world’s leading academic journals, has recognized the 1996 research of Amherst College physics professor Jonathan Friedman as a major scientific development in spin physics. Friedman’s work exploring mesoscopic spin systems was noted in the publication’s “Milestones in Spin” supplement, highlighting the most influential discoveries in the field since 1896.

Professional and Biographical Information


Ph.D., City University of New York (1996)
B.A., Vassar College (1987)

Teaching Interests

I teach all sorts of courses in physics, from introductory mechanics to advanced electives, and enjoy them all. I have developed a new course in Quantum Information that I have taught twice. As a former journalist, I am particularly interested in teaching my students how to write. I've taught our Intermediate Laboratory course in which students work on their writing in weekly lab reports.

Physicist Jonathan Friedman Receives Award for Physics Research

September 27, 2002 Director of Media Relations 413/542-8417 AMHERST, Mass- Jonathan Friedman, an assistant professor of physics at Amherst College, has been awarded the Agilent Technologies' Europhysics Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Condensed Matter Physics. Concurrently, Friedman also has won a National Science Foundation grant to study molecular magnets. Friedman accepted the award at a symposium in Hungary at the end of summer and presented a talk on his work.