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September 13, 2012
Drs. Baxter and May Awarded NSF Grant

Professor Baxter
Dr. Jason Baxter

Professor May
Dr. Steven May

Assistant Professors Jason Baxter (CBE) and Steven May (MSE) have been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation for the project "Photoexcited Carrier Dynamics in Oxide Semiconductors for Photovoltaics" (ECCS-1201957). The budget for the three year project is $380,000.

Semiconductors made from transition metal oxides are earth-abundant, consist largely of non-toxic elements, and have electronic and optical properties that can be engineered. While this combination of properties makes complex oxides promising candidates for applications in photovoltaics and photocatalysis, a detailed fundamental understanding of how to optimize complex oxides for solar energy applications is lacking. Using a combined approach of advanced materials synthesis and ultrafast optical spectroscopy, Baxter and May will identify promising routes to improve the material properties that are most critical for solar-based applications. In doing so, this project will contribute critical insights needed for the development of a new generation of oxide-based solar energy conversion devices.

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