Polymer-Based Materials for Harvesting Solar Energy (PHaSE)


Thomas P. Russell and Paul M. Lahti

Lead Institution:

University of Massachusetts, Amherst


To carry out fundamental photovoltaic-oriented research on the use of organic-based polymers and related materials to maximize efficiency in the collection and harvesting of energy over a broad frequency range of the solar spectrum. 

Research Topics:

solar (photovoltaic), charge transport, materials and chemistry by design, synthesis (novel materials), synthesis (self-assembly) 

Materials Studied:

MATERIALS: organic semiconductor, polymer, optoelectronic and metamaterial
INTERFACES: organic/semiconductor, organic/oxide, organic/organic, organic/metal, solid/solid

Experimental and Theoretical Methods:

X-ray diffraction and scattering, electron microscopy, scanning probe microscopy, near-field scanning optical microscopy, surface science, neutron diffraction and scattering, density functional theory (DFT), monte carlo (MC), quantum mechanics, continuum modeling, mesoscale modeling, multiscale modeling

Map of institutions in EFRC

Partner Institutions:

  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • University of Massachusetts, Lowell  
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 
  • University of Pittsburgh

BES Staff Contact:

Chris Fecko

Last modified: 8/27/2014 4:52:14 PM