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!
12.18.2013 - Franco Bonafe returns to Argentina after 3 months as a visiting researcher in the group. Thanks Franco for all of your work!
10.15.2013 - Arun Akkineni and James Park win Fall 2013 Undergraduate Research Fellowships!
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.