Fundamentals, State-of-the-Art, & Recent Trends in Nanostructured Materials for Energy & Electronic Applications

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The Whittaker group addresses important challenges related to understanding relationships among the composition, structure, electronic structure, and properties of inorganic and organic nanomaterials and their composites. The re-search focuses in materials chemistry and nanotechnology. The group is tackling two great challenges sustainable energy and low-cost electronics for daily use, for applications in photovoltaics, thermoelectrics, batteries, spintron-ics, and electronics. This talk will discuss the synthesis, characterization, and device fabrication of unconventional organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites for photovoltaic applications.

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Luisa Whittaker-Brooks is Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the University of Utah. She received the 2013 L’Oréal Fellowship for Women in Science Award. Among other recognitions, she was named a Scialog and Cottrell Fellow by the Research Corporation and received a Department of Energy Early Career Award. Her B.S. degree in Analytical Chemistry is from the University of Panama. Under a Fulbright Fellowship, she received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Chemistry from SUNY Buffalo.