Ferry awarded NSF CAREER grant

Feb. 1, 2016 - Assistant Professor Vivian Ferry has received a five-year grant totaling $501,589 for her project "CAREER: Photonic spectrum splitting with nanocrystal luminophores" through the National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early CAREER Development Program. This prestigious award provides support for junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. The grant will support Ferry's research on developing nanoscale photonic structures that capture, concentrate, and direct sunlight onto solar cells. Efficient utilization of the solar spectrum is a challenge for the development of high performance photovoltaic devices, since sunlight is both spectrally broad and diffuse. This research will develop nanoscale optical materials that enhance the performance of photovoltaic devices by transforming the incident spectrum into a spectrally narrow and directed source. The results of this research could decrease the cost of solar panels and help develop architectural materials that also act as solar to electricity converters.

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