Videos, Demos, and Guides

Explore a variety of educational products prepared by Clean Energy Institute Graduate Fellows. Learn more about the CEI Student Product of Lasting Value.


How to make a solar spinner

Erin Jedlicka shows us how to make solar spinner, a popular classroom activity. Read more

How to make a perovskite video

Mark Ziffer from the Ginger Research Group made this video to explain their technique for making perovskite solar cells. Read more

Tandem perovskite solar cell video

Adharsh Rajagopal explains the theory and practice of building tandem perovskite solar cells. Watch now

Thin Film Solar Engineering

Gabriella Tosado gives a video talk at the Sustainability Ambassadors on Thin Film Solar Engineering.

Mathematical Models for Battery Efficiency

Jerry Chen gives a video talk at the Sustainability Ambassadors on Mathematical Models for Battery Efficiency.

Datacenter power management

YuanYuan Shi made a presentation about energy management in data centers.

Growing metallic and semiconductor crystals

Shua Sanchez shows how they grow metallic and semiconductor crystals.

Confocal Microscope Alignment

Clean Energy Fellow Maria Viitaniemi provides detailed instruction for aligning optics for a lab confocal microscope.

Current Voltage Measurement Automation video

Josh Mutch Explains how to automate electronics measurements.Watch Video.

Pulse Pick Laser Setup

Clean Energy Fellow Xiayu Linpeng demonstrates pulse picking a mode-locked laser in order to measure exciton lifetimes.
Pulse pick.

Self Cleaning Solar Panel

Di Sun at the University of Washington prepared this explanation of the self cleaning solar panel cover.

Diversity at CEI

Ting Zhao produced a timelapse video showing the Diversity at CEI.

Roll to roll solar cell printer

Brandon Rotondo gives a tour of the roll to roll printer at the CEI Scale-up testbeds. Watch the video

How to make a coin cell

Carolina Vinado made a video to explain how to make a coin cell an important tool for battery research. Read more


How to make a coin cell electrode

Jarred Olson produced a demo video on making silicon electrode materials. Read more

Physical Vapor Transport Video

Paul Nguyen demonstrates a method for depositing thin films on substrates.. Read more


X-ray Absorption Near Edge Spectroscopy is demonstrated  by Alex Ditter with a lab-scale apparatus developed at the Clean Energy Institute at the University of Washington. This can be used for study of battery charge and discharge through repeated cycles. Read more


EDX Video

Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy is demonstrated by Michael Crump.  EDX is used to determine the composition of a sample such as thin films. Not only can relative amounts of each atom be measured, but the distribution of the atoms in our samples can be mapped. Read more


Magnetron Sputtering Video

This video provides a brief overview of thin film deposition and specifically demonstrates the usage of an ATC Orion 5 UHV from AJA International, Inc. The narrator is Mark J. Miller of the Nanotech Lab at the University of Washington in Seattle. Read more

Surface Analyzer Video

Nick Schmidt shows the operation and theory of a surface analzyer using nitrogen physisorption.  This technique measures the surface area of materials such as carbon felt that could be used for flow batteries. Read more

Real Time Gas Analyzer Video

David Ung describes the setup and calibration of a real time gas analyzer. watch now

Lithium Ion Battery Video

Yun Li prepared this video to serve as an introduction to battery research. Read more


Photonic Crystal Video

Peifing Jing prepared this video to serve as an introduction to engineering solar materials. Read more


Sustainabilty vs Development

Dustin Welch García explores the role of solar in sustainable development. Read more


Mathematics of Porous Materials

Andre Nicolae prepared a Powerpoint and video explain surface to volume ratios. Read more


Solar Panel Tutorial

Ian Murphy prepared a training video on how to install solar systems in Guatemala. Watch


Battery Demo

Dion Hubble and Francis Lin developed this simple battery demo and a sign. Students can make a battery with household chemicals. Read more

Electrochemical Chameleon

Katy Corp helped develop this activity in the Schlenker Lab. A 9v battery delivers power to electrolyze water containing red cabbage indicator. As the pH changes the colors change. Read more

Semiconductor QD Display

Jenny Stein synthesized samples and designed a desktop display to show off her quantum dots. Read more


Draw a Circuit Lesson Plan

Kyle Seyler wrote this lesson plan that lets you draw circuits with conductive graphite. Read more

Water model of electricity

Nathan Wilson created this lesson that compares water in a pipe to electricity. Go to the lesson


Solar Integration Model

Jesus Contreras Ocana developed this mathematical lesson based on his research. Go to the lesson


Solar Panel Worksheet

Lauren Kang developed a worksheet to use on classroom visits as student explore solar cell circuits. Solar Panel Worksheet

Berry solar cell

Berry Solar Cell Slides

Emily Rabe created a presentation, lesson plan, and worksheet for the TiO2/Berry solar cell lab.Berry Solar Cell Presentation



GISAXS for thin film polymer characterization wiki

Yuyin Ji produced a a wiki describing the GISAXS technique. Read wiki


Piffy the PIFM

Jessica Kong produced a SOP manual for the new Photoinduced Force Microscope. Piffy the Photoinduced Force Microscope


Electrical contacts to two dimensional semiconductors

Wenjin Zhao produced a poster explaining how to make electrical contacts to 2d materials. Wenjin Zhao-CEI poster


Electrochemical Impedence Spectroscopy

Brian Gerwe produced a wiki explaining Electrochemical Impedence Spectroscopy Read more

Submodular Optimization for Voltage Control in Power Systems

Zhipeng Liu created a demo using MatPower for solving the problem of where to inject power into a grid to maintain voltage. Read more


Summary of 2017-2018 Washington Carbon Tax Efforts

Griffin Ruehl and Gabriella Tosado wrote a policy white paper comparing carbon tax proposals. Read more


Neal Dawson-Elli, Ryan Stoddard, Akshay Subramaniam, and Jerry Chen produced a business plan and prototype for Solidmodule a solar/Lithium-ion battery module for off-grid systems for immediate response in emergencies, remote areas, and military applications.Read more


Photocurrent AFM

Boyuan Huang produced this interactive view of pcAFM Go to site


Hydrogen Policy

Jonathan Witt researched hydrogen policies. Hydrogen policy

Displays and Events

Chemistry of Semiconductor Inks

Ben Glassy prepared this sign for outside the lab to show visitors what research is being done there. Read more


Plasmonic Electric Effect

Steve Quillin developed a sign explaining his labs research. Read more

Strengthening STEM Through Diversity

Nick Montoni and Sara Vorpahl produced an event: Strengthening STEM through Diversity

Absorption and photoluminescence in CdSe nanocrystals

Kira Hughes produced this animation that is relevant to solar cell research Absorption and photoluminescence in CdSe nanocrystals.

Photoluminescence quantum yield (PLQY) of perovskites

Ryan Stoddard produced these high resolution images of Photoluminescence quantum yield (PLQY) of perovskites which will be used in the NanoES lobby display.

Nanometers to Kilometers

Daniel Olsen and Chase Dowling worked on a touchscreen display for the NanoES lobby including a Nanometers to Kilometers interactive.