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Research Areas

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  • nano-fibers
  • paper sensors
  • fuel cell membrane

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.

Energy Generation

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Wayne Jones
Hybrid dye sensitized solar cells; organic transparent electrodes; supercapacitors


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Jeffrey Mativetsky
Organic solar cells; nanomaterials; nanoscale electrical properties


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Bruce White
Thermoelectric energy harvesting


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Sherry Towfighian
Energy harvesting from mechanical vibrations; triboelectric generators


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Tara Dhakal
Earth-abundant solar absorbers; perovskites; buffer layers for thin film solar cells


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Roxana Margine
Ab initio modeling; superconductivity; two-dimensional materials


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Junghyun Cho
Nano-ceramics for hybrid solar cells


Energy Storage

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Stan Whittingham
Lithium battery; energy storage


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Louis Piper
Li-ion batteries; transparent conductors; x-ray spectroscopy


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Sean Choi
Bioenergy; biobatteries


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Julien Panetier
Computational catalyst design


Energy Management

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Eva Wu
Diagnosis and protective control; storage-integrated energy management of smart power grid


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Susan Lu
Solar cell reliability


Last Updated: 4/3/19