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Engineering | Undergraduate Research

Next-Generation Printable Solar Energy Devices Patterned by Laser Scribing

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Next-Generation Printable Solar Energy Devices Patterned by Laser Scribing

Making solar energy economical is one of the Grand Challenges for Engineering in the 21st century. Currently, solar energy provides less than 1 percent of the world’s total energy, but it has the potential to provide much more if lower cost devices can be produced.

This project will focus on developing printable ink-based materials called perovskites that can be deposited over large areas using low-cost solution processing methods. Perovskites have been used to achieve high efficiency solar energy devices at the laboratory scale, but there is more understanding needed to produce large-scale devices for manufacturing. The primary aim of the work is to use a Keyence laser marking tool will be used to pattern perovskite devices to create large-area modules that can produce more power. The scope of the project involves learning how to produce perovskite films/devices and then using the laser system at different parameters and designing for uniform scribes characterized with optical microscopy, contact resistance measurements, and ultimately the production of modules.

Student Qualifications: Interest in working with renewable energy materials and devices and a desire to perform research to learn more about graduate school

This project can begin in Fall 2022 on a volunteer basis (qualifying for HON 498 research credit for Barrett students) with the intention of submitting a FURI or MORE proposal for funding and continued work in Spring 2023. The desired amount of time is at least 5 hours per week, and research will take place at the ASU Research Park. A Lyft partnership allows for free rides between the Research Park and Tempe campus, and there is free parking for students who have a car.

Send resume and reason for applying to Prof. Nick Rolston:



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