The "Light-Material Interactions in Energy Conversion" Energy Frontier Research Center (LMI-EFRC) is a national resource for fundamental optical principles and phenomena relevant to solar energy conversion, and for design of the optical properties of materials and devices used for energy conversion. The LMI-EFRC features a team that spans the campuses of Caltech, Berkeley, Illinois, and Harvard, and creates a foundational partnership between scientific leaders in optical properties of matter with experts in solar photovoltaic and photochemical energy conversion and innovators in the design and fabrication of novel electronic and photonic materials.
The Body Electric: LMI Professor John Rogers is profiled in The New Yorker for his work on integrated silicon circuits that can stretch, flex, and even dissolve under the skin. [read more] 11.22.13
New Heat-Resistant Materials Could Vastly Improve Solar Cell Efficiency: Paul Braun and collaborators have demonstrated record performance for a photonic crystal thermal emitter intended for use in thermophotovoltaics. Read the paper published in Nature Communications and see more in the news! [ScienceDaily] [cleantechnica] [materials360] [IEEE Spectrum] 10.28.13
Controlling Light to Make the Most Energy from the Sun: In the spirit of xkcd's "Up Goer Five" DOE challenged the EFRC Centers to describe the impact of their science using only the 1000 most common words in the English language, plus the word "energy." See what we all came up with and vote for your favorite entry! [read more] 07.08.13
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