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Light-Material Interactions in Energy Conversion (LMI)

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Director

Harry Atwater


Lead Institution

California Institute of Technology


Year Established

2009


Mission

To tailor the morphology, complex dielectric structure, and electronic properties of matter so as to sculpt the flow of sunlight and heat, enabling light conversion to electrical and chemical energy with unprecedented efficiency.


Research Topics

solar (photovoltaic), solar (thermal), solid state lighting, phonons, thermal conductivity, optics, mesostructured materials, materials and chemistry by design, synthesis (novel materials), synthesis (self-assembly)


Materials Studied

Materials: semiconductor, wide band-gap semiconductor, metal, oxide, polymer, rare earth elements, porous, optoelectronic and metamaterial

Interfaces: None

Nanostructured Materials: 0D, 1D, 2D, 3D


Experimental and Theoretical Methods

scanning probe microscopy, near-field scanning optical microscopy, lithography, monte carlo (MC), quantum mechanics, continuum modeling, mesoscale modeling, finite element method, multiscale modeling, next generation optimization methods


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Partner Institutions

  • California Institute of Technology
  • Harvard University
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory 
  • Stanford University
  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

BES Staff Contact

Chris Fecko

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