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Welcome to the Solar Energy Research Group

Our Mission

The Purdue Chemical Engineering Solar Energy Research Group is dedicated to conducting globally competitive, cutting-edge research in the area of thin film photovoltaics.  With the increasing worldwide demand for renewable energy in mind, our mission is to improve existing thin film technologies as well as develop new photovoltaic materials from more earth abundant resources in order to fabricate highly efficient, low cost solar cells.  Our ability to complete each step of the device fabrication process – substrate preparation, nanocrystal synthesis, absorber film coating and sintering, additional film and metallic grid deposition, and device characterization – within our own lab allows us to study all aspects of device performance and affords unique insight into the fundamental science behind each contributing factor.  Our collaborations with esteemed groups both in the U.S. and overseas provide opportunities to exploit highly sophisticated procedural and characterization methods in an interdisciplinary environment.  Under the Solar Economy IGERT program, our graduate researchers benefit from training and workshops designed to position them as leaders who will shape the future of the global solar economy.