MEMS Seminar: Solution - Processed Solar Cells
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
De. 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.
Nichole is a senior research engineer at Smart Material Solutions, an NC-State spinoff developing nanocoining, a technology enabling roll-to-roll manufacturing of nanostructured surfaces. She earned her PhD in materials science from Stanford University and a BS and MS in materials science from Carnegie Mellon University. She has researched new materials for a variety of applications through her work at the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO), Bosch, NASA, Ford, and Bose. In her free time, she enjoys road cycling and waterskiing.
Lunch will be served at 1:00 pm