Solution-processed technologies, such as semiconductor nanocrystals, offer an attractive route towards achieving these goals.
The next generation of photovoltaics seeks to push the boundaries of both efficiency and cost-effectiveness through the use of flexible platforms and new materials. Solution-processed technologies, such as semiconductor nanocrystals, offer an attractive route towards achieving these goals. Additionally, these materials are uniquely suited to benefit from photonic and optical engineering of their structures and properties. For example, the bandgap of inorganic nanocrystal films can be tuned via the quantum confinement effect for tailored spectral utilization, and nanophotonic light trapping techniques can be seamlessly integrated into devices employing both organic and inorganic materials. This project is focused on the development of nanostructured materials, such as colloidal quantum dots and plasmonic metal nanoparticles, to build multicolored, transparent, and next-generation devices that go beyond the traditional limits imposed by bulk materials.