Dr. Nichole Miller
The sun is a clean, renewable, and abundant source of energy. While the cost of solar energy has dropped dramatically in recent years, the upfront cost of producing and installing solar panels remains high. Organic solar cells and nanocrystal solar cells have the potential to decrease the cost of solar energy, in part because they can be solution processed using roll-to-roll techniques similar to those used to print newspapers. I will present my research to understand and control the phases and morphology in organic solar cells with a focus on polymer:fullerene bimolecular crystals. I will also discuss AgBiS2 nanocrystal solar cells developed at the Institute of Photonic Sciences and will conclude with a brief summary of Smart Material Solutions' work on nanocoining, a technology enabling roll-to-roll manufacturing of nanostructured surfaces for many applications including anti-reflective and super-hydrophobic coatings. Lunch will be served at 12:30 am.
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