This project will focus on the development of novel materials architectures for efficient and low cost photoelectrochemical cells (PECs). PECs are very important for a clean energy future because they can be used to directly use sunlight to convert low energy reactant such as water into energy dense and storable chemical fuels such as hydrogen. This project will be primarily experimental in nature, focusing on the synthesis, characterization, and evaluation semiconductor photoelectrodes based on metal-insulator-semiconductor (MIS) junctions. The goal of the project is to develop MIS photocathodes that may be integrated into novel devices for stand-alone water splitting that are durable and efficient. Electroanalytical techniques and in situ analytical tools will be employed to evaluate photoelectrode performance and better understand the origin of spatial variations in the performance of these photoelectrodes.
Lab: Solar Fuels Engineering Lab, Dan Esposito
Direct Supervisor: Anna Dorfi
Position Dates: 6/1/2019 - 8/14/2019
Hours per Week: 40
Paid Position: Yes
Qualifications: Electrochemistry and Chemical Engineering
Eligibility: Master's; SEAS only