Northwestern University

Thu 3:00 PM

ANSER Center Seminar

When: Thursday, October 4, 2012
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM  

Where: Ryan Hall, Room 4003, 2190 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student

Contact: Ria Hirsch   847.467.2519

Group: Argonne-Northwestern Solar Energy Research Center

Category: Academic


Dr. Geoffrey Hutchinson of the University of Pittsburgh will visit Northwestern to deliver an ANSER seminar entitled “Rational Design of Molecular Materials: Molecular Springs, Solar Cells & More.”


Present social and economic demands on energy sources are driving fundamental science and engineering research into alternative energy technologies. Our research focuses on combined experimental and efficient computational exploration of organic photovoltaics and piezoelectrics. We seek to find optimum or nearly‐optimum materials properties through a combination of inverse design, genetic algorithms, and automated electronic structure calculations, combined with experimental synthesis and verification. With polymer solar cells, we have used a multi‐objective genetic algorithm to uncover new design rules for highly‐efficient targets. We also explore the charge transport in realistic,
imperfect organic semiconductors to find design rules connecting nanoscale morphology with predicted current‐voltage response. In piezoelectric materials, we have pioneered a new approach,
using conformational distortions of individual molecules in an applied electric field to drive a “bottomup” distortion, with greater piezoresponse than many conventional inorganics.


Please contact Ria Hirsch, with all questions.

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