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


Gang Chen

Lead Institution:

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


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

Last modified: 9/27/2013 9:24:25 AM