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Spring 2018


The Solar Energy Research Group and Energy Systems Research Group welcome Kyle Weideman and Zewei Chen respectively


Fall 2017


Prof. Rakesh Agrawal received the Alpha Chi Sigma Award for Chemical Engineering Research during the 2017 AIChE National Meeting.


Swapnil Deshmukh, Zheyu Jiang, Radhakrishna Tumbalamgooty, Taufik Ridha, and Parham Mobed presented their works during the 2017 AIChE Annual Meeting


Swapnil Deshmukh is recognized at the Chemical Engineering GSO Graduate Research Symposium for Best Poster in the Materials and Nanotechnology Category


Prof. Rakesh Agrawal gives the prestigious Denckwerts Memorial Lecture titled “Challenges and Opportunities for Chemical Engineering in an Emerging Solar Economy” at the 10th World Congress of Chemical Engineering, Barcelona, Spain (October 2017).


Spring 2017


Swapnil Deshmukh and Ryan Ellis attend the Hands on Photovoltaic Experience (HOPE) educational conference and present their work on solution processed CIGSSe


Scott McClary and Joseph Andler’s paper titled, “Solution-Processed Copper Arsenic Sulfide Thin Films for Photovoltaic Applications” is published in the Journal of Materials Chemistry C


Teaching

Course Title: Advanced Solar Energy Conversion

Course Description: The course focuses on: (1) the fundamentals of solar energy conversion, primarily with photovoltaics, (2) critical analysis of the state-of-the-art, and (3) the methods to develop the next generation of solar energy converters. Specific topics include: Analysis of the solar spectrum, methods of solar energy utilization, thermodynamic analysis, electronic structure of materials, eletronic transport, electron-hole generation, recombination, semiconductor junctions, device structure, minority carrier based devices, excitonic based devices, light management, economic analysis, experimental methods, state-of-the-art of silicon, thin film, and III-V technologies, next generation technologies.

 

Course Title: System Analysis of Energy Production

Course Description: Even though our goal is to accelerate the use of renewable energy, it is a reality that the use of renewable resources will coexist with fossil fuel for a reasonable foreseeable time period. The impact of environmental and energy policies and interrelationship between various energy sources and use habits of the consumers also must be understood by students interested in the grand challenge of energy. This course will deal with the past, current, and future production and use of all forms of energy (coal, petroleum, natural gas, renewable resources such as wind, hydro, biomass, solar, etc.) along with their availability and environmental footprint. The thermodynamic limits for use of energy in various forms (as heat, mechanical work, electricity, etc.) will be discussed. How the common use habits influence the end inefficiencies and hence the rate at which energy is consumed. The complex interaction scenarios that may exist during the transition period from fossil resources to renewable resources will be highlighted in detail. This course will enable the students to get an overall vie of energy production, transformation, distribution, and use based on thermodynamic principles. Therefore, this course will be an integral part of the unique systems approach and expose the students to the extreme complexity of the subject.

 

Course Title: Design and Analysis of Processing Systems

Course Description: Use of process and product synthesis methods and concepts; detailed design of unit operation equipment, the economics of chemical plants and flow sheet optimization methods. Synthesize, develop, and evaluate a preliminary design of a chemical process that meets market requirements for a specific product. Analysis of design alternatives using case studies and optimization methods.