I have 10+ years of research experience in two major areas of materials science and engineering. Among numerous other small projects and duties at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, I have worked on the following.
In the field of semiconductors, in specific photovoltaics:
- In order to solve the difficulties in studying the grain boundaries in CuInSe2, I proposed a new method of grain-boundary study: the idea of studying of a single well understood grain-boundary purposefully grown into epitaxial thin films of CuIn(Ga)Se2. The program has been broadened to two graduate students and an international collaboration with Hans Meitner Institute, funded by a National Science Foundation grant.
- During this work, I’ve also helped to implement and develop various techniques in the Materials Research Laboratory for studying photovoltaics. In particular, I implemented LBIC/OBIC measurements in the Alpha-SNOM in the laser facilities in MRL.
- I have also designed and implemented a radio-frequency ionized plasma physical vapor deposition assist system (i-PVD) and implemented it in our growth chamber, among numerous part designs and repairs for the growth system.
In the field of Polymer Science and Engineering:
- I synthesized a new low-cost medium temperature polyester thermosetting resin based upon glyptal resins.
- I studied interchain transesterification reactions (ITR) in both thermosets and thermoplastics using lap-shear measurements and compression molding of structural composites.
- I created novel nanoparticulates of all aromatic thermoset polyesters using interfacial solution polymerization using ultrasound techniques.
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