Max Shtein


3051W NCRC, Building 28

T: (734) 764-4312




Research Group

Research Staff
Steve Morris

Previously at Intel

Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, University of Michigan
B.S. Chemical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Graduate Students
Sid Borsadia
Erin Evke
Brian Iezzi

Undergraduate Students
Joanna Ciatti

Kanika Agrawal

Currently at Intel

Kwang Hyup An

Currently at GE Global Research

Adam Barito

My research focuses on breaking the tradeoff between absorption and exciton diffusion in organic photovoltaics using novel device design. By employing cascade heterojunction (CHJ) device structures, we have broadened spectral response and minimized parasitic recombination of excitons at the anode and in the bulk of planar OPVs. We've also developed a predictive model for determining the external quantum efficiency of CHJs and established practical design rules to ensure high fill factor and IQE in those structures. We are currently investigating long-range resonant energy transfer in CHJs to further increase device absorption (across the visible spectrum and at absorption peaks) without limiting exciton diffusion efficiency.

Kwok-Leung "Paddy" Chan

Currently an Associate Professor at University of Hong Kong

Kevin Greenman

Nonlinear kirigami mechanisms and complex transformations

Yansha Jin

Currently at Phillips Lumileds

Aaron Lamoureux

My research involves using origami and kirigami design principles to develop novel devices for a wide range of photovoltaic and other optoelectronic applications. Currently, we are investigating the combination of thin film solar cells and tunable kirigami structures as a lightweight, compact, and economical alternative to conventional solar tracking. These devices consist of a simple kirigami cut pattern integrated with thin-film solar cells, whereby pulling on the structure in the axial direction results in a global and predictable change in solar cell angle (Figure 1). By leveraging the unique geometric properties of the kirigami substrate itself, and the excellent electrical and mechanical properties of thin film solar cells, we have demonstrated an efficient and robust tracking method that we hope will significantly broaden the use of solar tracking to new market segments such as mobile and residential (pitched) rooftop tracking

Brendan O'Connor

Currently an Associate Professor at North Caroline State University

Carlos Serratos

Currently pursuing his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering at Purdue University

Olga Shalev

My research focuses on Organic Vapor Jet Printing (OVJP) of small molecular materials. This deposition technique enables solvent- and vacuum-free patterning of small molecular compounds on any substrate and any shape. Using OVJP we are able to access a unique surface morphologies in organic films with many promising applications, such as semiconductors, pharmaceuticals and food industries. Currently, I am working to develop models that predict the morphology of organic films grown by OVJP, evaluate thermophysical properties of small molecular compounds, optimize patterning resolution of small organic molecules used in organic semiconductor industry (organic light emitting diodes, organic this film transistors and organic photovoltaics). I’m also developing novel processing techniques for improvement of bioavailability of small molecular pharmaceuticals with poor aqueous solubility. 

Christopher Seubert

Currently at Ford Motor Company

Matthew Sykes

My research focuses on strongly bound electron-hole pairs (excitons) that are generated during the absorption/emission process in organic materials, and their coupling to optical modes inside ultrathin organic photovoltaics (OPVs) and organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). Through hybridization with surface plasmon polaritons in thin metal cavities or by tuning their interaction with neighboring media, it is possible to modify exciton formation, recombination, and diffusion dynamics. I employ both experiments and classical electromagnetic theory to study the effects such near-field interactions have on device performance. By controlling optical interactions, I seek to break some of the fundamental tradeoffs intrinsic to organic optoelectronic devices.

Doug Wu

Additive patterning of small molecular compounds for display manufacturing

Abhishek Yadav

Currently at Phononic

Yiying Zhao

Currently an Assistant Professor at China Academy of Engineering Physics in Chengdu, China