Research Thrusts

Diagram of three overlapping circles. The upper left circle is labeled as Novel Physical Principles and contains a diagram showing several small open and solid dots at different levels. The upper right circle is labeled as Charge Manipulation and Exploratory Devices and contains several images of geometric molecular structures. The lower center circle is labeled as Novel Nanoscale Materials and contains a diagram of layers making up a solar cell.

There is interconnection and synergy among the three main CASP thrusts.

The research of this Center concentrates in three main Thrust areas:

Practical means to approach or exceed the Shockley-Queisser equilibrium thermodynamic efficiency limit require advanced mechanisms of converting photons into electrical charges. Breakthroughs in solar energy conversion are expected to come not from iterative improvements of existing technologies, but instead, from discoveries of new physical phenomena and/or materials with engineered functionalities. The tailorable electronic properties and unique physics of ultra-small matter in the form of both quantum-confined semiconductors and nanoscale metals are expected to offer new processes that could yield progress toward this goal.