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PhD Student

Thomas William Colburn

Research Interests

  • Open-air ultra-sonic spray coated transparent metal oxides and organic electron-transport layers
  • Rapid spray and plasma-processed perovskite solar modules
  • Device fabrication and characterization for machine learning optimization of perovskite performance
  • Solid state battery electrolyte processing and fabrication


  • R Keesey, ATiihonen, AE Siemenn, TW Colburn, et al., “An Open-Source Environmental Chamber for Materials-Stability Testing Using an Optical Proxy,” Under Revisions, 2022.
  • TW Colburn, AC Delmastro, M Figueroa, F Lopez, CB Cooper, “Embedding Azobenzene-Functionalized Carbon Nanotubes into a Polymer Matrix for Stretchable, Composite Solar Thermal Devices,” Journal of Physical Chemistry, 2022.
  • Z Liu, N Rolston, AC Flick, TW Colburn, Z Ren, RH Dauskardt, T Buonassisi, “Machine learning with knowledge constraints for process optimization of open-air perovskite solar cell manufacturing,” Joule, 2022.
  • N Rolston, A Sleugh, JP Chen, O Zhao, TW Colburn, AC Flick, RH Dauskardt, “Perspectives of Open-Air Processing to Enable Perovskite Solar Cell Manufacturing” Frontiers In Energy Research2021.

Conference Presentations

  • TW Colburn, JP Chen, RH Dauskardt, “Rapid, Open-air Ultrasonic Spray Deposition of Perovskite Solar Cell Front Electrode and Electron Transport Layers,” Poster Session, Hands-On Photovoltaic Experience, NREL, CO, Summer 2022.
  • JP Chen, TW Colburn, M Golding, RH Dauskardt, “Scalable Open-Air Ultrasonic Spray Deposition of PCBM/BCP Electron Transport Layer and Morphology Control via Rapid Thermal Processing,” MRS Honolulu, Spring 2022. 
  • TW Colburn, N Rolston, RH Dauskardt, “Rapid and Scalable Open-Air Combustion Synthesis with Plasma Anneal for Transparent Conducting Oxides” Materials Research Society, Virtual Conference, Spring 2022.
  • TW Colburn, O Zhou, AC Flick, RH Dauskardt, “Real-Time Optical Monitoring for Rapid Diagnosis of the Thermal Stability of Device Architectures for Perovskite Solar Module” Materials Research Society, Virtual Conference, 2021.
  • K Gu, TW Colburn, Z Bao, “High Performance Roll-to-roll Printed PTB7-Th:PC71BM Organic Solar Cells Enabled by Rapid Additive Removal” Materials Science and Technology Conference, Global Young Investigators Forum, 2019, Portland, Oregon.


  • TomKat Center Graduate Fellow in Translational Research (2022-2024)
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2020 – 2023)
  • Battelle Materials Graduate Student Award (2020)
  • Michael Boudart Award for Academic Excellence in Chemical Engineering (2020)
  • FMD Gilbert Chin Scholarship, The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (2020)
  • Reserve Candidate, Marshall Scholarship (2019)
  • Army Educational Outreach Program Travel Award (Multiple Years)


Ph.D. Stanford University, Materials Science and Engineering, in progress
M.S., Stanford University, Materials Science and Engineering, 2022
B.S. with Honors and Distinction, Stanford University, Chemical Engineering, 2020



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