Nanostructures for Improving the Spectral Response of Photovoltaic Cells

Thomas E. Mallouk

Thomas E. Mallouk

Professor of Materials Chemistry and Physics Director, Center for Solar Nanomaterials

The Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Mallouk received an Sc.B. degree in 1977 from Brown University and a Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1983. After completing postdoctoral work at MIT in 1985, he joined the Chemistry faculty at the University of Texas at Austin. In 1993 he moved to Penn State, where he is now the Evan Pugh Professor of Materials Chemistry and Physics. His research has focused on the application of nanomaterials to problems in photochemical energy conversion, catalysis and electrocatalysis, chemical sensing, molecular electronics, microscale motors, superconductivity, and environmental remediation. Dr. Mallouk is the author of approximately 350 publications, including a few good ones, and is Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

Dr. Mallouk directs the Center for Solar Nanomaterials at Penn State, where, in collaboration with Joan Redwing, the first silicon nanowire solar cells were developed in 2007. His group has worked on dye-sensitized solar cells, demonstrating that their spectral response can be improved by coupling to photonic crystals and that they can drive the water-splitting reaction when nanoparticle catalysts are integrated into the photoanode. In collaboration with colleagues Greg Barber, Akhlesh Lakhtakia, and Theresa Mayer, Dr. Mallouk is studying light harvesting in photovoltaic cells that contain plasmonic nanostructures coupled to photonic crystals. The same team is investigating spectrum-splitting solar cells that combine the light-harvesting properties of visible and infrared absorbers

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