Centers

S3TEC

Solid-State Solar-Thermal Energy Conversion Center (S3TEC)

Director(s):

Gang Chen
 

Lead Institution:

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
 

Mission:

To create novel, solid-state materials for the conversion of sunlight into electricity using thermal and photovoltaic processes.
 

Research Topics:

solar (photovoltaic), solar (thermal), solid state lighting, phonons, thermal conductivity, thermoelectric, defects, mechanical behavior, charge transport, spin dynamics, materials and chemistry by design, optics, synthesis (novel materials), synthesis (self-assembly), synthesis (scalable processing) 
 

Materials Studied:

MATERIALS: semiconductor, metal, rare earth elements, actinide, porous, optoelectronic and metamaterial
 
INTERFACES: metal/semiconductor, semiconductor/semiconductor, solid/solid
 
NANOSTRUCTURED MATERIALS: 0D, 1D, 2D, 3D, nanocomposites
 

Experimental and Theoretical Methods:


X-ray diffraction and scattering, X-ray spectroscopy, electron microscopy, scanning probe microscopy, surface science, neutron diffraction and scattering, neutron spectroscopy, laser diagnostics, ultrafast physics, molecular dynamics (MD), density functional theory (DFT), monte carlo (MC), quantum mechanics, classical mechanics, continuum modeling, mesoscale modeling, finite element method, multiscale modeling
 

Map of institutions in EFRC

Partner Institutions:


  • Boston College
  • University of Houston
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


BES Staff Contacts:

Craig Henderson

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