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Fall 2017

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

Summer 2017

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

Prof. Agrawal’s Sustainable Full Earth Concept Recognized in News Article from DNA

Dr. Rakesh Agrawal awarded NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) funding for graduate education in STEM fields

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

Joseph Andler presents a poster at the 2017 Crystal Growth and Assembly Gordon Research Conference entitled ” Luzonite Nanoparticle to Enrgaite Grain Polymorphic Transition for Thin-film Photovoltaics”

Taufik Ridha presents a poster at the 2017 EFRC-Hub-CMS PI Meeting entitled ” Systems-Level Molecular Mapping of Biomass-derived Molecules to Target Products”

Scott McClary is nominated for the Best Student Presentation Award at the 2017 PVSC

Scott McClary gives a talk at the 2017 Photovoltaic Specialist Conference in Washington DC titled, “Fabrication of Copper Arsenic Sulfide Thin Films from Nanoparticles for Application in Solar Cells”


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.