Center for Interface Science: Solar Electric Materials (CIS:SEM)


Neal R. Armstrong

Lead Institution:

University of Arizona




To advance the understanding of interface science underlying solar energy conversion technologies based on organic and organic-inorganic hybrid materials; and to inspire, recruit and train future scientists and leaders in the basic science of solar electric energy conversion.

Research Topics:

solar (photovoltaic), electrodes - solar, charge transport, synthesis (novel materials), synthesis (self-assembly), synthesis (scalable processing)

Materials Studied:

MATERIALS: semiconductor, organic semiconductor, wide band-gap semiconductor, metal, oxide, polymer, transparent conductor
INTERFACES: organic/semiconductor, organic/oxide, organic/organic, organic/metal, metal/semiconductor, metal/oxide, semiconductor/semiconductor, solid/solid
NANOSTRUCTURED MATERIALS: 0D, 1D, 2D, 3D, nanocomposites

Experimental and Theoretical Methods:

X-ray diffraction and scattering, X-ray spectroscopy, electron microscopy, scanning probe microscopy, surface science, density functional theory (DFT), monte carlo (MC), quantum mechanics, high-throughput screening methods 

Map of institutions in EFRC

Partner Institutions:

  • University of Arizona
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Princeton University
  • University of Washington

BES Staff Contact:

Chris Fecko