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UIC chemical engineering researchers work on graphene-semiconductor’s ‘surface junction’ leads to emerging photovoltaics field
University of Illinois at Chicago researchers are hopeful their groundbreaking research with the thinnest possible material on the planet will have an immense impact on solar energy harvesting and help jumpstart a two-dimensional (2D) nanomaterial revolution in the field of photovoltaics. Sanjay Behura, research assistant professor with UIC’s Department of Chemical Engineering, Vikas Berry, head of the chemical engineering department, and colleagues published an article in Nature Photonics that reviewed their work on the surface junction in solar cells made with a 2D layer of graphene placed on top of a bulk three-dimensional (3D) semiconductor. Berry said the paper discusses how ultrathin, 2D nanomaterials are helping to revolutionize photovoltaic systems that use light to create energy. In traditional systems, the…
PhD candidate Alireza Ahmadian Yazdi with professor Jie Xu
PhD candidate gaining industry experience via NSF INTERN grant
By David Staudacher, UIC PhD candidate Alireza Ahmadian Yazdi has taken his studies outside the laboratory and into the working world. The College of Engineering student jumped at the opportunity to take on a five-month internship at California-based Beckman Coulter, a leading company in biomedical instruments. Ahmadian Yazdi, who is working on his PhD under the direction of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Assistant Professor Jie Xu in the Microfluidics Laboratory and being co-advised by Associate Professor Vikas Berry in the Department of Chemical Engineering at UIC, was awarded a $55,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) INTERN program to pursue the unique opportunity that started in January and runs through May. This grant was a supplement to the NSF Industry-University Cooperative Research Center award for…

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