Center for Advanced Solar Photophysics (CASP)

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Victor Klimov

Lead Institution

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Year Established



To exploit fundamental interactions between nanomaterials and light with the goal of producing disruptive advances in the efficiency of solar energy conversion.

Research Topics

solar (photovoltaic), defects, charge transport, optics, mesostructured materials, materials and chemistry by design, synthesis (novel materials), synthesis (self-assembly), synthesis (atomic layer deposition), synthesis (scalable processing)

Materials Studied

Materials: semiconductor, wide band-gap semiconductor, oxide, optoelectronic and metamaterial, transparent conductor

Interfaces: metal/semiconductor, metal/oxide, semiconductor/semiconductor, liquid/solid, solid/solid

Nanostructured Materials: 0D, 1D, 2D, 3D, nanocomposites

Experimental and Theoretical Methods

X-ray diffraction and scattering, electron microscopy, scanning probe microscopy, lithography, surface science, laser diagnostics, ultrafast physics, molecular dynamics (MD), density functional theory (DFT), monte carlo (MC), quantum mechanics, classical mechanics, mesoscale modeling, finite element method, multiscale modeling, next generation optimization methods


Partner Institutions

  • George Mason University
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • University of California Irvine
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Pennsylvania

BES Staff Contact

Chris Fecko