Center for Solar and Thermal Energy Conversion (CSTEC)


Peter F. Green

Lead Institution:

University of Michigan




To study complex material structures on the nanoscale to identify key features for their potential use as materials to convert solar energy and heat to electricity.

Research Topics:

solar (photovoltaic), solar (thermal), phonons, thermal conductivity, thermoelectric, electrodes - solar, defects, charge transport, materials and chemistry by design, optics, synthesis (novel materials), synthesis (self-assembly)  

Materials Studied:

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

Experimental and Theoretical Methods:

X-ray diffraction and scattering, X-ray imaging, X-ray spectroscopy, electron microscopy, scanning probe microscopy, near-field scanning optical microscopy, lithography, surface science, neutron diffraction and scattering, laser diagnostics, ultrafast physics, molecular dynamics (MD), density functional theory (DFT), monte carlo (MC), quantum mechanics, classical mechanics, continuum modeling, mesoscale modeling, finite element method, multiscale modeling 

Map of institutions in EFRC

Partner Institutions:

  • Kent State University
  • University of Michigan







BES Staff Contact:

Craig Henderson