Two MSE Faculty Receive Solar America Initiative Funding

Two MSE Faculty Receive Solar America Initiative Funding

Stephen Forrest and Richard Laine

Two research projects investigating next generation photovoltaic technology that will accelerate the use of solar power have received funding from the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar America Initiative. Stephen Forrest, professor of physics, electrical engineering and material science and Vice President for Research, will lead a project to demonstrate effective tandem crystalline organic photovoltaic cells. Mayaterials Inc., a company founded by professor of materials science and engineering Richard Laine, will study how to produce solar grade silicon from agricultural by-products.