06.20.2014 - First year student Emily Adkins has been selected as one of two graduate student editors that will provide updates on graduate student life for Chemistry of Materials' Facebook page. Here is the first of many posts from her. Congratulations, Emily!
05.21.2014 - Former group member Matt Panthani accepts a position at Iowa State University as an assistant professor starting this fall. Congratulations Matt!
05.07.2014 - New publication "A Single-Step Reaction for Silicon and Germanium Nanorods" available.
04.18.2014 - Former group member Vince Holmburg has won the best PhD prize organized by ISASF!
04.01.2014 - First year student Cherrelle Thomas has been announced as one of the recipients of the 2014 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship! For the second year in a row, UT Austin's Chemical Engineering department was tops among ChemE programs in terms of NSF GRFs awarded. Congratulations, Cherrelle!
02.21.2014 - Congratulations to Sirish Kamarajugadda on receiving a Spring 2014 Undergraduate Research Fellowship!
Multiple Exciton Nanocrystal Photovoltaics
As part of our effort to dramatically reduce the cost of solar energy, Jackson Stolle, Taylor Harvey, Doug Pernik, and others have demonstrated multiexciton generation and extraction (MEG) in CuInSe2 nanocrystals solar cells after a photonic curing treatment. MEG has the potential to increase the amount of solar power converted from light to electricity in a photovoltaic by reducing wasted energy during light absorption. The devices treated with a intense light treatment, called photonic curing, exhibited MEG. This work was done in collaboration with NovaCentrix and Dr. Schaller at Argonne National Laboratories and was recently published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters and selected as an ACS Editors' Choice article.