General research area: Meso- to atomic scale morphological characterization of functional materials for solar energy conversion, photochemical and electrochemical catalysis. We look to identify structural properties responsible for functional activity and use this knowledge to develop the next generations of materials. Particular attention is paid to the development of novel in situ and operando x-ray methods for investigating of energy generation devices and materials synthesis.
Description of potential projects for postdoctoral fellows: (1) In-situ characterization of perovskite absorber layer formation, understanding the conversion pathway from the solution phase to post processing. (2) Increasing perovskite degree of crystallinity, understanding how the processing pathway determines the extent of crystallinity within perovskite absorber layers. (3) Expediting nanocrystal synthetic development, with in-situ x-ray monitoring and on the fly process control.