PhD Student in Physics
Patrick Brown joined the group in September 2009 as a first-year graduate student in Physics. While earning his B.S. in Physics and Chemistry at the University of Notre Dame, Patrick investigated the use of carbon nanostructures for optimizing charge collection and transfer in dye-sensitized and quantum dot solar cells. In the summer of 2008, Patrick participated in a research internship at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, CO, where he studied the growth of carbon nanotubes on conductive metal substrates for supercapacitors and hydrogen storage. He returned to NREL in the summer of 2009 to investigate the use of semiconducting and metallic single-walled carbon nanotube networks for transparent electrodes in organic photovoltaics.
Current Research: Understanding the physics of charge transport in multijunction quantum dot photovoltaics (QDPV) and the development of novel all-inorganic QDPV architectures.
Subgroup: Solar Technologies