TJ (Tawanda) Zimudzi

TJ (Tawanda) Zimudzi

Molecular Spectroscopy


Tawanda J Zimudzi joined the Materials Research Institute at the Pennsylvania State University in January 2017.  In 2016 he earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from Penn State under the tutelage of Dr. Michael Hickner. His initial work involved understanding the structure and composition of ultra-thin polymer layers on metallic and oxide substrates. Since Joining the materials characterization lab TJ has worked a variety of multi-technique projects and is passionate about providing Penn State students and researchers with the best lab learning experience.


PhD, The Pennsylvania State University
BSc, The University of Zimbabwe


Surface and polymer characterization, Vibrational Spectroscopy, UV-Vis, XPS

Fun Facts

I do a little photography, I play the mbira, an ancient Zimbabwean instrument. I bike everywhere in state college and I started a podcast with fellow MCL staff member Max Wetherington. I am an All blacks and Crusaders rugby fan as well as a Leicester city and Dynamos soccer fan. I also have a diploma in speech and drama which somehow turned into a chemistry PhD.

Contact Info

Office: N-017 MSC
Phone: 1-814-865-7670