Robert Ireland

Washington Research Foundation Innovation Postdoctoral Fellow in Clean Energy, 2016 – 2017

Robert Ireland earned his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. His research focus is to develop molecular, nanoscale, and interface engineering approaches to fully exploit alternative electron transport materials in organic photovoltaic devices. Currently, the fullerene molecule is the dominant acceptor material in organic solar cells, but fullerene-based materials limits solar absorption and open circuit voltage. During his time as a WRF Innovation Fellow, he worked in the lab of chemical engineering professor Samson Jenekhe to develop organic solar materials that could outperform their fullerene counterparts in efficiency and durability.

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