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Fall 2018


Solar Energy Group member Ryan Ellis’ abstract titled, “Ligand Exchange of Copper Indium Gallium Sulfide Nanoparticles for Minimization of Carbonaceous Impurities in High Efficiency Solution Processed Photovoltaics,” is accepted for an oral presentation at the 2018 Fall MRS Conference


Solar Energy Research Group member Scott McClary is recognized at the Chemical Engineering GSO Graduate Research Symposium for best overall talk


Solar Energy Research Group members David Rokke and Kyle Weidman are recognized at the Chemical Engineering GSO Graduate Research Symposium for Best Poster in the Energy and Process Intensification


Summer 2018


Group members David Rokke, Scott McClary, Radhakrishna Tumbalam Gooty, Yiru Li, Zheyu Jiang and Tony Matthew’s submissions to the 2018 AIChE Conference are accepted for oral presentations


Prof. Rakesh Agrawal delivered a plenary lecture titled “Energy Systems Engineering for an Emerging Solar Economy” at the 13th International Symposium on Process Systems Engineering (PSE) 2018.


Radhakrishna Tumbalam Gooty and Yiru Li presented their research at PSE 2018


Congratulations to Zheyu Jiang for receiving the 2018 AIChE Separations Division Graduate Student Research Award


Congratulations to Radhakrishna Tumbalam Gooty for receiving PSE 2018 Young Researcher Award


Spring 2018


Professor Rakesh Agrawal and the NSF NRT research project are featured in an article by Forbes


Congratulations to Solar Energy Research group alumni Charles (Chuck) Hages for accepting a faculty position at the University of Florida


Research

Solar Energy Research Group

The Solar Energy Group focuses on the fabrication of high efficiency solution processed solar cells. Using colloidal nanoparticle inks or molecular precursors, solar cells can be fabricated from solution based methods such as spin-coating, doctor blading, inkjet printing, or spray coating. The solution based method forgoes the typical high vacuum needed for semiconductor processing, potentially leading to significantly reduced manufacturing costs.

Energy Systems Research Group

The Energy Systems Group focuses on modeling to find the role of biofuels vis-a-vis other solar energy derived alternatives to propel an entire transport sector in a solar economy. Additionally work is being done on the efficient conversion of biomass to liquid fuel and maximizing liquid fuel from a given quantity of biomass.

Hydrogen and Electricity

Separations Research Group

The Separations Group focuses on developing efficient separation processes. Currently methods to synthesize and identify energy efficient distillation configurations for multi-component separation are being developed. Additional effort is being devoted to develop optimal methods for membrane separation processes.

Distillation picture