Dr. Veena Misra, ECE Department, NC State University
Veena Misra, Gregory Parsons, Orlin Velev, Christopher Gorman and Michael Dickey have been awarded $984,000 by the US Dept. of Energy for research on Nanostructured Materials for Renewable Alternative Energy.
The award will run from July 25th, 2008 to July 24th, 2009.
Research Abstract - The overall objective of this project is to advance fundamental understanding of novel inorganic nanostructures integrated with photoelectronic organic materials, to expand the field of nanomaterials for renewable energy devices and systems. The outcomes of this one year project will be new facilities for photovoltaics research at North Carolina State University, as well as publications in the open literature and presentations at public conferences regarding novel nanostructures for photovoltaic and other related renewable energy applications.
Work will focus on: 1) developing and up-fitting a new Organic Photovoltaics Process and Analysis Laboratory cluster at North Carolina State University; and 2) building research teams to focus on new inorganic and organic nanostructured surfaces and interfaces specifically designed to exploit principles of light-harvesting and directed energy transduction. Work will build upon and expand current expertise in nanoscale material synthetic techniques, including atomic layer deposition and physical vapor nano-evaporation, and couple it with developing fields including electrochemical and solid state growth. This program will thereby advance the fundamental state of knowledge in the design, synthesis, assembly, analysis, and modeling of novel molecular and other nanoscale systems for energy-related applications. Results from this work could eventually help supply renewable electricity for industrial energy systems, including motors, pumps, steam, compressed air, process heating, and combustion which currently accounts for 80% of world-wide industrial energy use.