Center for Energy Nanoscience


P. Daniel Dapkus

Lead Institution:

University of Southern California




To explore the light absorption and emission in organic and nanostructure materials and their hybrids for solar energy conversion and solid state lighting.

Research Topics:

solar (photovoltaic), solar (fuels), solid state lighting, charge transport, materials and chemistry by design, optics, synthesis (novel materials), synthesis (self-assembly), synthesis (scalable processing)

Materials Studied:

MATERIALS: semiconductor, organic semiconductor, wide band-gap semiconductor, polymer, optoelectronic and metamaterial, transparent conductor
INTERFACES: organic/semiconductor, organic/oxide, organic/organic, organic/metal, metal/semiconductor, 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, near-field scanning optical microscopy, lithography, surface science, laser diagnostics, ultrafast physics, molecular dynamics (MD), quantum mechanics, continuum modeling, mesoscale modeling, finite element method, multiscale modeling, extreme scale computing

Map of institutions in EFRC

Partner Institutions:

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Virginia

BES Staff Contact:

Chris Fecko