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Opportunity at National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Structural Measurements to Enable Photovoltaics

Location

Material Measurement Laboratory, Materials Science and Engineering Division

RO# Location
50.64.21.B7361 Gaithersburg, MD

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Advisers

Name E-mail Phone
Kline, R Joseph joe.kline@nist.gov 301.975.4356

Description

The development of low cost photovoltaics would have profound effects on our energy infrastructure and society. Next generation photovoltaics such as organic photovoltaics hold the potential for low manufacturing costs but are limited by their low efficiency. Organic photovoltaics typically consist of a nanoscale blend of two organic materials where the structure of the blend controls the efficiency of the cell. Current measurements do not have sufficient resolution and sensitivity to satisfactorily characterize these materials. This project will develop new measurements using a combination of X ray and neutron scattering, and various spectroscopies to determine the critical aspects of structure that currently limit energy conversion efficiency.

 

Keywords:
Photovoltaics; Polymer; Microstructure; X-ray diffraction; Organic electronics; Energy;

Eligibility

Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral applicants
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