Science of Clean Energy

ceilogoWe are building a comprehensive, college level (building on the UW Photonicswiki) that presents the fundamental science, research methods, and late breaking findings of CEI researchers. The program helps our interdisciplinary team learn to talk across departmental boundaries and forge innovative collaborations.

Many of the following resources were developed by CEI Students as their “Product of Lasting Value“.

Science of Solar

Clean Energy Wiki

Sample  Clean Energy Wiki Pages

How a solar cell works

Lithium Ion Battery

Flow Battery


Smart Electrical Grid

Quantum dots



Clean Energy Explorer Flash Simulation

Energy for the Developing World

Solar Energy Grid Integration Model

Clean Energy Careers

CEI research training materials

How to make a coin cell battery

How to make an electrode for a coin cell battery

Magnetron Sputtering

Physical Vapor Transport

Surface Analyzer

Xray Absorption Near Edge Spectroscopy

Energy Dispersive Xray Spectroscopy

Staining (p-type) Polymers for TEM

How to make Perovskite Solar Cells

The Washington Research Foundation has provided a six-year gift of $6.74 million to support nine new faculty hires, six postdoctoral researchers and the creation of a new experimental manufacturing facility on campus that will help move discoveries from the laboratory to the marketplace. This investment in the CEI is truly transformational.”
– Daniel Schwartz, CEI Director
“Providing clean energy to the inhabitants of our planet is a major challenge to future generations. The University of Washington is to be congratulated for establishing an Institute where faculty and students can work together to tackle the difficult global challenge of energy sustainability.”
– Mildred Dresselhaus, Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering, Emerita and Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“Energy competition is opening up in a variety of ways, the push for carbon control will continue, and the rate of technology advancement is exponential. All the things I’ve seen at the CEI are just perfect for the way we see things going in energy. You guys are at the cutting edge. We’re counting on you.”
– Ronald Litzinger, President, Edison Energy
Since its founding the Clean Energy Institute has contributed more than $1.1 million toward the education of 66 STEM scholars and recruitment of 12 students through our fellowship programs.