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Research Overview

Molecular Modeling and Design of Hybrids

We address fundamental questions related to the mechanical and fracture properties of molecular hybrid materials that have applications in emerging aerospace and microelectronic technologies.

Functional and Transparent Coatings

We use an atmospheric pressure plasma discharge to fragment and subsequently polymerize small molecules into highly transparent and functional thin films. We constantly develop new processes for the growth of a wide range of materials, including silica, metal oxides, nitrides, and polymer coatings, onto both organic and inorganic substrates.

Perovskite Solar Cells

The impressive carrier lifetimes and diffusion lengths of perovskites, coupled with their optoelectronic resilience to defects, and amenability to remarkably simple solution-processing set them apart from other active PV layers in the solar field. These properties present a special opportunity for rethinking solar cell architectures allowing for innovations that will result in efficient low-cost cells with improved service lifetimes, essentially solving the mechanical and thermal instability in current monolithic layer perovskite architectures.

Solar Reliability

Our ‘solar reliability’ area focuses primarily on studying the thermomechanical reliability of photovoltaic module components, from frontside optics to encapsulation and backsheet structures.

Biological Tissues and Treatments

We have developed a series of novel thin-film measurement methodologies to directly characterize the biomechanical properties and behaviors of the stratum corneum.  Using these techniques, we assess its response to a variety of environmental and physiological conditions, including UV exposure, cleaning treatments, and aging.

Past Research