Materials Science and Engineering

Amatucci, Glenn G.

  • Title: Professor
  • Department / Research Program: Material Science and Engineering, Center for Advanced Solid State Ionics, Advanced Power Prototype Laboratories and Energy Storage Research.
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  • Phone: 848-932-0921
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  • Research Areas: Energy Storage
  • Energy Research Focus: Research, development and advancement of new energy storage device chemistries enabled by advancements in materials science.

O’Carroll, Deirdre

  • Title: Associate Professor
  • Department / Research Program: Materials Science and Engineering, Chemistry and Chemical Biology and Institute for Advanced Materials, Devices and Nanotechnology (IAMDN)
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  • Phone: 848-445-1496
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  • Research Areas: Energy Efficiency, OLEDs, Thin Film Photovoltaics, Organic Functional Materials
  • Energy Research Focus: Improving efficiency and operational lifetime of thin film organic light-emitting devices (lighting and display) and photovoltaic devices using nanoscale photonic structures and alternative device architectures. Lowering the cost of integrating nanoscale photonic structures in such devices by developing large-scale nanofabrication methods.

Fabris, Laura

  • Title: Associate Professor
  • Department / Research Program: Materials Science and Engineering and IAMDN
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  • Phone: 848-445-5606
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  • Research Areas: Organic PV, Materials synthesis, Materials Characterization
  • Energy Research Focus: Synthesis of gold nanorods for OPV efficiency enhancement. Deconvoluting the plasmonic and the morphology contributions to the efficiency enhancements in OPVs originating from blending plasmonic nanoparticles in the polymer active layer. Comparison of theory and experiment.

Birnie, Dunbar P., III

  • Title: Professor and Corning Saint-Gobain Malcolm G. McLaren Chair
  • Department / Research Program: Materials Science and Engineering
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  • Phone: 848-445-5605
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  • Research Areas: Photovoltaic devices, Solar power systems, Solar+battery systems for energy resilience, Future electric transportation, Renewable energy storage in vehicle batteries.
  • Energy Research Focus: Chemical growth of thin film solar cells to enable low-cost future solar technology. Looking at earth-abundant compositions and environmentally friendly chemistries. Interested in the logistical, social, and technological aspects of our transformation from gasoline to electricity for regular commuter transportation in our densely populated state. This is embodied in the "Solar-2-Vehicle" project that emphasizes work-place solar generation and vehicle plug-in to supply reasonable local commuting on green power. Interested in strategically adding battery capacity to solar array sites to provide energy resiliency in future storm/mishap scenarios. We have focused on solar availability and the relative match in size of battery with the size of the solar array.

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