Students in the program will work for ten weeks on projects in one of three main research areas: energy generation, energy storage, or energy management. These projects range from the development of advanced battery electrode materials and nanomaterials for supercapacitors, to thin films for advanced solar cells and photovoltaics. Further information about research topics and the involved faculty are provided below.
In addition to participating in research, students will benefit from professional development programs focused on science communication, careers in science and engineering, time management, interviewing skills, and graduate school.
Hybrid dye sensitized solar cells; organic transparent electrodes; supercapacitors
Organic solar cells; nanomaterials; nanoscale electrical properties
Thermoelectric energy harvesting
Energy harvesting from mechanical vibrations; triboelectric generators
Earth-abundant solar absorbers; perovskites; buffer layers for thin film solar cells
Ab initio modeling; superconductivity; two-dimensional materials
Nano-ceramics for hybrid solar cells
Lithium battery; energy storage
Li-ion batteries; transparent conductors; x-ray spectroscopy
Computational catalyst design
Diagnosis and protective control; storage-integrated energy management of smart power grid
Solar cell reliability