2015 Graduate Fellows

Charles Barrows

CEI-related research interest: semiconductor nanocrystals for solar energy harvesting.
Advisor: Daniel Gamelin, Chemistry

Brett Courtright

Redox Doping of Polymer Blend Solar Cells to Improve TEM Imaging of Nanoscale Morphology
Advisor: Samson Jenekhe, Chemical Engineering

Michael Crump

Perovskites have emerged as a promising class of photovoltaic materials. I am currently working on developing new methods to control the growth rate of perovskite films by exploring alternative precursors and synthetic strategies.
Advisor: Alex Jen, Materials Science and Engineering

Michael De Siena

Synthesis of Rare Earth Doped Nanophosphors for Luminescent Solar Concentrators
Advisor: Daniel Gamelin, Chemistry

Alex Ditter

In my research, I will perform an in situ x-ray spectroscopy study of battery fatigue over many discharge cycles.
Advisor: Gerald Seidler, Physics

Benjamin Glassy

My project focuses on the chemistry behind the solution-phase synthesis of nanometer sized zinc phosphide crystals (nanocrystals) for solar light harvesting.
Advisor: Brandi M. Cossairt, Chemistry

Dion Hubble

CEI-related research interests: implementation of conducting polymers for improved lithium-ion energy storage
Advisor: Alex Jen, Molecular Engineering & Sciences

Todd Karin

The III-V semiconductor material system takes a prominent place in the arsenal of light-harvesting and light-producing technologies: it is used in commercial LEDs and in the highest efficiency solar cells.
Advisor: Kai-Mei Fu, Physics

John Katahara

I have recently developed a theoretical model to describe sub-bandgap absorption and emission and revealed the concentration of tail states in CZTSSe and CIGSSe.

Advisor: Hugh Hillhouse, Chemical Engineering

Patrick Lestrange

Thin film solar cells (TFSCs) have received a lot of attention because of their flexibility and because they use abundant elements.
Advisor: Xiaosong Li, Chemistry

Pan Li

Electricity consumption behavior classification and its relationship with demand response incentives
Advisor: Baosen Zhang, Electrical Engineering


Our research of solid-state zinc-ion batteries will construct a comprehensive electrochemical database of zinc-ion batteries by using the solid-state battery configuration MnO2/PEO-ZnCl2/Zn.
Advisor: Jihui Yang, Materials Science and Engineering

Francis Lin

Through my work we are developing a series of fullerene derivatives and conductive polymers as charge transporting materials for photovoltaics.
Advisor: Alex K.-Y. Jen, Chemistry & Materials Science and Engineering

David Lingerfelt

The overarching aim of my research is to accurately resolve the electronic and nuclear dynamics of chemical systems to gain mechanistic insight into excited state processes of relevance to energy conversion and storage.
Advisor: Xiaosong Li, Chemistry

Robert Masse

Our group works on different energy storage materials for solar cells, supercapacitors, and batteries.
Advisor: Guozhong Cao, Materials Science and Engineering

Brigit Miller

I am interested in understanding the process of making semiconductor nanocrystals n-type post-synthetically using photochemical doping, where the nanocrystals are reduced using light and a chemical reductant.
Advisor: Daniel Gamelin, Chemistry

Mark Miller

Energy-efficient coatings for windows could have a major impact for both residential and commercial applications.
Advisor: Junlan Wang, Mechanical Engineering

Paul Nguyen

Solar energy technology combines materials tailored to exploit the physics at their junctions which enable light energy collection, and extraction as electricity. A promising class of candidate materials is the layered semiconducting transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs).
Advisor: David Cobden, Physics

Manan Pathak

Active research is being pursued to develop a new technology that can replace Li ion batteries. One promising alternative is the lithium-sulfur battery, which can theoretically store five times more energy at a much lower cost.
Advisor: Venkat Subramanian, Chemical Engineering

Timothy Pollock

Transient absorption spectroscopy can track the movement of charges as they pass through different layers in a solar cell.
Advisor: Cody Schlenker, Chemistry

Mushfiqur Sarker

A model will be developed for Fast Charging Stations FCS, where their locations will be determined considering vehicle traffic.
Advisor: Miguel A. Ortega-Vazquez, Electrical Engineering

Charles N. Schmidt

CEI Research Interest: Sol-Gel and catalytic treatments for graphite electrodes in vanadium redox flow batteries
Advisor: Guozhong Cao, Materials Science and Engineering

Kyle Seyler

My research focuses on understanding the basic optoelectronic physics of graphene nanoribbons (GNRs) for solar energy production.
Advisor: Xiaodong Xu, Physics

Jennifer Stein

Semiconductor quantum dots have gained considerable interest in photovoltaic applications due to their size-tunable optoelectronic properties and solution-processability. I focus on indium phosphide quantum dots (InP QDs), a less toxic alternative to well-developed materials containing cadmium.
Advisor: Brandi Cossairt, Chemistry

Carolina Vinado

Our focus is on studying lithium-transition metal-chloride battery systems due to their potential to be used for high power density applications.
Advisor: Jihui Yang, Materials Science and Engineering

Sarah Vorpahl

My work concentrates on a new type of solution processed, hybrid (organic/inorganic) solar cell material called perovskite.
Advisor: David Ginger, Chemistry

Mark Ziffer

My research involves studying the electro-optical properties of solution processed materials for thin-film photovoltaics, including semiconducting polymers and organic materials, and hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites.
Advisor: David Ginger, Chemistry

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