CHEN 689: Nanomaterials for Energy Conversion

Course Content:     
Bulk semiconductor synthesis (Czochralski process, Bridgman process), inorganic nanomaterials synthesis (quantum dot and inorganic nanoparticle synthesis, inorganic one-dimensional structure synthesis (nanotubes, nanowires, nanobelts, hierarchical branched nanowires, nanowire superlattices), Assembly of nanomaterials (layer-by-layer assembly, assembly using lamgmuir-blodgett films, epitaxy, pelletization and sintering, printing, spin-casting and doctor-blade techniques), solar cell fabrication (physics of solar cells, First-generation (silicon) solar cells, Second-generation (thin film solar cells), third-generation (dye-sensitized solar cells, polymer solar cells, hot carrier cells), inorganic-polymer hybrid solar cells based on quantum dots and nanowires), thermoelectrics (fundamental principle of operation, bulk thermoelectrics, materials for bulk thermoelectrics, nanomaterials based thermoelectrics-fundamental principles and the current state-of-the-art).