The study of thin-film materials for solar hydrogen production (photoelectrolysis).
- Dr. Keith Holland (Department of Engineering)
- Dr. David Lawrence (ISAT)
- Brandon Journell (Engineering, ‘12)
- Milan Patel (New River Community College, ’11))
Working closely with Dr. David Lawrence and Dr. Keith Holland, Brandon Journell, (’13) and Milan Patel (New River Valley Community College, ’11) studied the properties of novel thin-film materials to produce hydrogen from water when exposed to sunlight (photoelectrolysis). Working in the clean room facility, Milan prepared material samples from a variety of precursor solutions using an ultrasonic spray pyrolysis technique. The light absorption characteristics of the samples were analyzed through UV/VIS spectroscopy and the morphology of the samples were characterized with a scanning electron microscope. Brandon studied the effects of various chemical dopants and dopant concentrations on the electrical and photoelectrolytic properties of thin film materials by exposing them to a simulated solar light source and measuring the generated photocurrent. Both projects investigated materials with potential to advance photoelectrochemical hydrogen production capabilities and next generation solar photovoltaic cells.
- August 20-21
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- August 24
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- August 26