Luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs) are economically sustainable solar energy conversion devices that utilize luminescent materials within an optical waveguide to spectrally and spatially concentrate sunlight. LSCs are designed for the built environment and can transform standard window architectures into transparent solar panels. Doped quantum dots are attractive materials for a host of energy conversion and information manipulation applications due to their solution processability, high luminescent quantum yields, photostability, and tunable optoelectronic and magnetic properties. My research will focus on the development of synthetic and processing methods for new doped quantum dot luminophores and waveguide materials for the development of ultrahigh efficiency LSC technologies from lab scale devices to building sized solar arrays.
Advisor: Daniel Gamelin