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Summer 2018


David Rokke’s submission to the 2018 AIChE Conference, “Understanding the Formation and Pyrolysis of Metal Thiolate Complexes for Solution-Processed Thin Film Photovoltaics,” is accepted for an oral presentation


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


Congratulations to Solar Energy Research group alumni Charles (Chuck) Hages for receiving the Citation Award from the Purdue University Davidson School of Chemical Engineering


Congratulations to Scott McClary for receiving the 2018-2019 Bisland Dissertation Fellowship


Congratulations to Yiru Li for passing her Preliminary Examination


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.