Solid-State Solar-Thermal Energy Conversion Center (S3TEC)

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Gang Chen

Lead Institution

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Year Established



To advance fundamental science and to develop materials for harnessing heat from the Sun and terrestrial sources and converting this heat into electricity via solid-state thermoelectric, thermophotovoltaic, and thermogalvanic technologies.

Research Topics

solar (photovoltaic), solar (thermal), solid state lighting, phonons, thermal conductivity, thermoelectric, defects, mechanical behavior, charge transport, spin dynamics, spintronics, optics, mesostructured materials, materials and chemistry by design, synthesis (novel materials), synthesis (scalable processing) 

Materials Studied

Materials: semiconductor, organic semiconductor, wide band-gap semiconductor, metal, oxide, polymer, rare earth elements, ionic liquid, porous, optoelectronic and metamaterial, transparent conductor

Interfaces: organic/semiconductor, organic/oxide, organic/metal, metal/semiconductor, metal/oxide, semiconductor/semiconductor, gas/solid, liquid/solid, 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, near-field scanning optical microscopy, lithography, surface science, neutron diffraction and scattering, neutron spectroscopy, laser diagnostics, molecular dynamics (MD), density functional theory (DFT), monte carlo (MC), quantum mechanics, classical mechanics, mesoscale modeling, multiscale modeling

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Partner Institutions

  • Boston College
  • Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • Duke University 
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology  
  • Northwestern University
  • University of Houston
  • University of Missouri 

BES Staff Contact

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