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Engineering | Undergraduate Research

Low-Cost Synthesis of Metal Oxides for Solar Cells

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Dr. Meng Tao, a Professor for the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering has a research opening for FURI students regarding Low-Cost Synthesis of Metal Oxides for Solar Cells. 

Metal oxides can play a significant role in silicon solar cells including surface passivation and antireflection. A good metal oxide should have a high transmissivity and a high refractive index, to minimize optical losses. Meanwhile it should have the appropriate charge (polarity and density) for surface passivation. In this project you will use a unique spray pyrolysis technique to synthesize metal oxide and measure its transmissivity and refractive index as a function of synthesis conditions. You will also make capacitance-voltage measurements to determine its charge. Material science, chemical engineering, or electrical engineering majors with focus on solid state electronics preferred.


  • Solar

Student qualifications/requirements:

  • Resume
  • transcripts
  • Materials Science, Chemical Engineering or Electrical Engineering with focus on Solid State Electronics. GPA above 3.5

Semester(s) or start/end date of position: Fall 2018 / December 2020

Number of hours per week: 10

Stipend amount/hourly wage/volunteer position: $1,500 per semester

How to apply: Please contact


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