Our researchers focus on advancing the widespread use the most abundant form of renewable energy, solar energy. We work on inventing, implementing, and evaluating devices and methods for the incorporation of solar energy directly into societal needs.
A main research area is the synthesis of fuels, chemicals, and materials from low-value feedstock, such as carbon dioxide and methane, through the direct use of solar energy via photo-electrochemical, photo-thermochemical, or plasma-chemical methods. Another key research areas are the analysis of the performance and durability of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, PV system prototyping, and building-integrated PV applications. Our research is supported by funding from industry partners and government agencies, including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Energy (DOE), the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), and the Office of Naval Research (ONR).