Materials Science & NanoEngineering
Dean of Engineering
Professor of Chemistry, Materials Science & Engineering
MSNE Seminar Series- Prof. Ralph Nuzzo "Materials, Assembly Approaches, and Designs for Ultrahigh-Efficiency, Full-Spectrum Operation Photovoltaics" (450/451/500)
Thursday, April 6, 2017
to 4:00 PM
180 Dell Butcher Hall
6100 Main St
Houston, Texas, USA
The production of integrated electronic circuits provides examples of the most advanced fabrication and assembly approaches that are generally characterized by large-scale integration of high-performance compact semiconductor elements that rely on rigid and essentially planar form factors. New methods of fabricating micro-scale semiconductor devices provide a set of enabling means to lift these constraints by engendering approaches to device configurations that would be impossible to realize with bulk, wafer-scale materials while retaining capacities for high (or altogether new forms of) electronic and/or optoelectronic performance. An exemplary case of interest in our work includes large-area integrated electro-optical systems for photovoltaic energy conversion that can provide a potentially transformational approach to supplant current technologies with high performance, low cost alternatives. In this talk I will highlight progress made in the collaborative research efforts of the LMI EFRC that illustrates important opportunities for exploiting advances in optical and electronic materials in synergy with physical means of patterning, fabrication, and assembly to advance capabilities for photovoltaic energy conversion. Of particular interest are the materials, and new understandings of science, that will allow an efficient utilization of the full solar resource.
Biography of Ralph Nuzzo:
Ralph G. Nuzzo is the G. L. Clark Professor of Chemistry and a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a Faculty Associate in Chemistry at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm Sweden and Applied Physics at The California Institute of Technology, where he serves as the Director of the Light-Materials Interactions in Energy Conversion EFRC. He received an AB degree in Chemistry from Rutgers College in 1976 and Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from MIT in 1980. He was formally a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff in Materials Research at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, AAAS, ACS, AVS, and RSC. His awards include the Forschungspreis of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, IEEE George E. Smith Award, and Adamson Award of the ACS.