Solar - Energy Center - Purdue University


The Energy Center’s work in solar energy takes parallel low-cost and high-efficiency approaches to solar cell design. Thin film cells with reasonable efficiency but high affordability are being developed for some applications, while multi-junction, high-efficiency cells are being researched for other applications.  The Solar Initiative Team has the fundamental knowledge and technical skill to enable a successful transition to economically and environmentally friendly solar power.

Solar Programs


Rakesh Agrawal profile picture

Rakesh Agrawal

Chemical Engineering
Muhammad Alam profile picture

Muhammad Alam

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Physics of electronic; Optoelectronic, and bioelectronic devices; Transport in inhomogeneous systems; Reliability limits of CMOS devices; Computational modeling
Dionysios Aliprantis profile picture

Dionysios Aliprantis

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Motor and generator design; Power electronics; Plug-in electric vehicles
Peter Bermel profile picture

Peter Bermel

Electrical and Computer Engineering
solar photovoltaics; Thermophotovoltaics; Optics for energy
Bryan Boudouris profile picture

Bryan Boudouris

Chemical Engineering
Optoelectronically-active polymers
James Braun profile picture

James Braun

Mechanical Engineering
Modeling, analysis, and control of thermal systems
Gary Cheng profile picture

Gary Cheng

Industrial Engineering
Jong Hyun Choi profile picture

Jong Hyun Choi

Mechanical Engineering
Photo-electrochemical energy conversion
James Foreman profile picture

Chris Foreman

Graduate School
Ctr:Ed and Rsrch:Info Assurance and Security
Solar,photovoltaic,advanced nuclear & coal process,and wind power generations
R Edwin Garcia profile picture

R Edwin Garcia

Materials Engineering
Materials Behavior, Lightweighting, High-Temperature Materials, Reliability, Efficiency
Suresh Garimella profile picture

Suresh Garimella

Mechanical Engineering
Solar thermal energy storage, Materials processing
Jeffery Gray profile picture

Jeffery Gray

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Photovoltaic devices
William Hutzel profile picture

William Hutzel

School of Engineering Technology
Net zero energy buildings; Solar energy; Building automation
Sabre Kais profile picture

Sabre Kais

Quantum coherence for efficiency of photocell ​
Panagiota Karava profile picture

Panagiota Karava

Civil Engineering
Plug-and-play intelligent buildings; Efficient energy and comfort delivery building system
Mark Lundstrom profile picture

Mark Lundstrom

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Semiconductor device physics
Robert Moon profile picture

Robert Moon

Science Ipls
Materials Engineering
Cellulose-backed PV cells
Evgeniy Narimanov profile picture

Evgeniy Narimanov

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Omni directional EM wave concentrator and absorber
Ming Qu profile picture

Ming Qu

Civil Engineering
Smart Buildings, Intelligent Building Controls, Building Diagnostics, ?High Performance Buildings, Advanced HVAC
Xiulin Ruan profile picture

Xiulin Ruan

Mechanical Engineering
Thermoelectric nanomaterials: simulation, synthesis, and devices
Richard Schwartz profile picture

Richard Schwartz

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Modeling Solar cells
Yung Shin profile picture

Yung Shin

Mechanical Engineering
Laser manufacturing of thin film solar cells
Scott Sudhoff profile picture

Scott Sudhoff

Electrical and Computer Engineering (Adjunct
Converter design
Athanasios Tzempelikos profile picture

Athanasios Tzempelikos

Civil Engineering
Dynamic facades; Shading design & control; Solar energy applications
Yue Wu profile picture

Yue Wu

Univ Affiliated Prgms
Chemical Engineering
Nanostructured/earth abundant based PV cells

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