Energy Research Area: From Atoms to Solar Cells: Theoretical Modeling of Solar Energy Harvesting
We develop theoretical modeling and simulation tools to understand and predict the properties of materials relevant to solar energy utilization. We have advanced computational tools to quantify the interaction of light with these materials across various length scales, including excited state optical properties such as light absorption and transport. We focus on novel materials composed of organic semiconductors, which may provide a route toward the creation of inexpensive photovoltaic systems. Our work is intended to assist in the design of new molecules, materials and systems, and to guide and interpret relevant experiments.
Record last updated on November 29th 2011 PST.