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.
Organic solar cells; nanomaterials; nanoscale electrical properties
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
Artificial photosynthesis, computational modeling
Lithium battery; energy storage
Li-ion batteries; transparent conductors; x-ray spectroscopy
Catalysis; fuel cells
Multivalent ion batteries; computational modeling
Ana Laura Elias
Hydrogen evolution; 2D materials
Organic batteries, computational chemistry
Battery structure-function relationships