Ian Sellers

Associate Professor



Presidential Professorship



B.Eng. 1999 University of Liverpool

Ph.D. 2004 University of Sheffield



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Office: Lin Hall 226


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Research Description

The development of epitaxial growth of semiconductors has enabled the control and manipulation of structures on an atomic scale. As such, it is now possible to investigate experimentally the fundamental properties of semiconductor nanostructures while creating interesting opportunities for next generation semiconductor devices. My research group at OU focuses on the investigation of novel materials and structures, predominantly for applications in next generation solar cells

The group has several funded programs to investigate the potential of quantum wells and quantum dots for terrestrial solar cell applications, in addition to programs with industrial partners at Amethyst Research Inc. (Ardmore, OK) and MiaSole Hi-Tech. Corporation (Santa Clara, CA) to develop high performance solar cells for space.

As well as our work with industry, we also collaborate with the groups of Santos (Physics), Wang (Chemical, Biological & Materials Engineering), and Saparov (Chemistry) here at OU, and have ongoing interactions with the University of Oxford and University College London in the UK, CRHEA-CNRS in France, as well as SUNY Buffalo and the Naval Research Laboratory in the United States.

Selected Publications

"The role of metastability and concentration on the performance of CIGS solar cells under Low-Intensity-Low-Temperature conditions," H. Afshari, B. K. Durant, C. R. Brown, K. Hossain, D. Poplavskyy, B. Rout, and I. R. Sellers, Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells, 212, 110571 - 110581, (2020) DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.solmat.2020.110571

"Role of Exciton Binding Energy on LO Phonon Broadening and Polaron Formation in (BA)2PbI4 Ruddlesden–Popper Films," Hamidreza Esmaielpour, Vincent R. Whiteside, S. Sourabh, B. K. Durant, Ian R. Sellers et al., Journal of Physical Chemistry C., 124(17), 9496 - 9505, (2020) DOI: https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.jpcc.9b12032

"Exploiting intervalley scattering to harness hot carriers in III-V solar cells," Hamidreza Esmaielpour, Kyle R. Dorman, David K. Ferry, Vincent Tetsuya D. Mishima, Michael B. Santos, Vincent R. Whiteside, and Ian R. Sellers, Nature Energy, 5, 336 - 343, (2020) DOI: doi.org/10.1038/s41560-020-0602-0

"The role of intervalley phonons in hot carrier transfer and extraction in type-II InAs/AlAsSb quantum-well solar cells," Vincent R. Whiteside, H. Esmaielpour, Tetsuya D. Mishima, Kyle R. Dorman, Michael B. Santos, David K. Ferry, and Ian R. Sellers, Semiconductor Science & Technology, 34(9), 094001, (2019) DOI: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1361-6641/ab312b

"Potential of High-Stability Perovskite Solar Cells for Low-Intensity–Low-Temperature (LILT) Outer Planetary Space Missions," Collin R. Brown, Giles E. Eperon, Vincent R. Whiteside, Ian R. Sellers, ACS Applied Energy Materials, 2(1), 814 - 821, (2019) DOI: https://doi.org/10.1021/acsaem.8b01882

"Enhanced hot electron lifetimes in quantum wells with inhibited phonon coupling," Hamidreza Esmaielpour, Vincent R. Whiteside, Bin Wang, Tetsuya D. Mishima, Michael B. Santos, Ian R. Sellers et al., Scientific Reports, 8, 12473, (2018) DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-30894-9

"The effect and nature of N–H complexes in the control of the dominant photoluminescence transitions in UV-hydrogenated GaInNAs," C. R. Brown, N. J. Estes, V. R. Whiteside, B. Wang, K. Hossain, T. D. Golding, M. Leroux, M. Al Khalfioui, J. G. Tischler, C. T. Ellis, E. R. Glaser and I. R. Sellers, RSC Advances, 7, 25353 - 25361, (2017) DOI: 10.1039/C7RA02900D

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Research Group

Vincent R. Whiteside, Post Doc
Hadi Afshari, Graduate Student