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Hugh Hillhouse
CHEM E 599
Seattle Campus

Current Topics in Chemical Engineering

Readings or lectures and discussions of topics of current interest in the field of chemical engineering. Subject matter changes from year to year. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

Class description

There will be some introductory material on the big picture regarding energy and the various uses of solar energy (biomass, solar thermal, etc.), but the course will mainly focus on photovoltaics. The goal of the course will be to bring graduate students (who potentially do not have any solid state physics background) up to a working graduate-level knowledge of solar cells. Students will learn the basic photophysics, thermodynamics, and transport phenomena necessary for photovoltaic research. In particular, the course will focus on bringing students up to speed to be able to conduct and interpret current-voltage data, capacitance-voltage data, quantum efficiency measurements, reflectivity phenomena, minority carrier lifetime measurements, and deep-level transient spectroscopy. The text for the course will be Jenny Nelson’s “The Physics of Solar Cells,” but I have written an extensive interactive notebook in Mathematica that will also be used for the course.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Hugh Hillhouse
Date: 01/10/2011