Lab News

  • Jan 2019, Dr. Fafarman Receives NSF-CAREER Award

  • Oct 2018, Congratulations to Shawn Mengel for being one of 15 Chemical Engineering undergraduates selected for the Future Leaders in Chemical Engineering National Award Symposium hosted by North Carolina State University!

  • 9/5/2018, Subham Dastidar successfully defends his thesis. Congrats Dr. Dastidar!

  • 7/23/2018, Andrew's paper describing low-voltage EPD of CZTS is published in Langmuir: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.8b00787

  • July 2018, Our News & Views piece on Edward Sargent's paper on perovskite doping is out in Nature Energy. Check it out here!

  • 5/30/2018, Andrew Dillon successfully defends his thesis. Congrats Dr. Dillon!

  • 4/18/2018, Dr. Fafarman receives the 2018 Outstanding Faculty Award from the Delaware Valley Section of AIChE

  • 4/11/2018, Valerie Neimann Receives Fulbright Award

  • 4/11/2018, Valerie Neimann Receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Award

  • 3/30/2018, A paper describing our collaboration with the Wrenn group on a new concept in ultrasound contrast agents for cardiac imaging was published in Applied Acoustics: 10.1016/j.apacoust.2018.03.028

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The need for sustainable, scalable approaches to powering our society presents the most pressing technological challenge of our day. We are a mission-driven, interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers dedicated to contributing to this goal by developing new synthetic capabilities and fabrication methods for photovoltaic materials and devices. In order to drive dramatic reduction in the cost of solar cell manufacturing, we employ semiconducting and metallic nanocrystal colloids as building-blocks for the active components. This liquid starting-material can be rapidly and inexpensively processed like an ink to form a solid. Critical gains in the efficiency of the devices are anticipated through nanostructuring and the unique electronic properties of nanoscale materials.

The power conversion efficiency of any active material is intimately tied to the process by which it is fabricated. In light of this, we pursue a closed cycle of process development, measurement of fundamental spectroscopic and charge-carrier behavior and process refinement. Ultimately, we strive to both deepen our understanding and optimize the performance of these nanocrystal materials. Click the link below to read more about our research projects.

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