Welcome to the Photovoltaic Materials and Devices Group website at the University of Oklahoma!
The main focus of our group is to investigate novel materials and structures for next generation photovoltaic cells. Our methodology is based upon investigating the fundamental properties of new materials and systems, through various forms of optical spectroscopy and to correlate this knowledge to the operation of solar cell devices. Through this process we aim to gain a full understanding of the promise of such new materials for high-efficiency photovoltaics, determined by the physical mechanisms driving or inhibiting their operation.
Current projects performed in the group involve investigations of low-dimensional systems for third-generation PV including: quantum dot intermediate band solar cells, multi-exciton generation, and hot carrier cells. Much of the focus of this work is on narrow-gap semiconductors such as epitaxial InAs, InSb, and InN along with colloidal PbS. We, also, have a strong activity to investigate the fundamental limitations of GaInNAs materials for multi-junction solar cell applications. This work is performed in collaboration with industrial partners at Amethyst Research Inc. in Ardmore, OK.
As well as partnerships with industry, the group also collaborates strongly with the groups of Professor Santos (MBE growth), Professor Bumm (Dept. Physics), and Professor Wang (Dept. Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering) at OU. In addition, we continue fruitful partnerships with groups at the University of Oxford, and University College London (U.K.), CRHEA-CNRS, France, as well as here in the United States with groups at the Naval Research Laboratory (Washington D.C.), SUNY-Buffalo, NY and the University of Tulsa, OK.
Thank you for visiting our website - enjoy!
Dr. Ian R. Sellers (Head of Group)
News and Updates
- April 17th, 2017 - "Effect of occupation of the excited states and phonon broadening on the determination of the hot carrier temperature from continuous wave photoluminescence in InGaAsP quantum well absorbers," has been published online, 17 April 2017, in Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications, doi: 10.1002/pip.2890.
- April 10th, 2017 - Congratulations
Researcher and OU Physics Major Alison (AJ) Roeth, who has been awarded
a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship!
- March 31st, 2017 - "Role of Defects and Surface States in the Carrier Transport and Nonlinearity of the Diode Characteristics in PbS/ZnO Quantum Dot Solar Cells," has been published online, 31 March 2017, in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, doi: 10.1021/acsami.7b00141.
- February 24th, 2017 - Hamidreza
Esmaielpour was selected as
a finalist, and presented in the Three Minute Thesis (3MTŪ) competition
at the University of Oklahoma.
- July 25th, 2016 - New grant: "Control and manipulation of thermal losses in quantum-engineered structures: a practical route to high efficiency hot carrier solar cells" funded by the National Science Foundation!
- June 16th, 2016 - New grant proposal: "High Efficiency Dilute Nitride Solar Cells for Space Applications" selected for funding by NASA!
Collaborators and Funding
- Solar Energy Materials Initiative, Department of Materials, University of Oxford, UK
- CRHEA-CNRS, France
- Petrou Group, SUNY-Buffalo, U.S.A
- Sharp Laboratories of Europe Ltd.
- Liu Group, University College London, U.K.