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Organic P-N junctions - what to study?

  1. Jul 9, 2007 #1
    I'd like to work with solar cells made from organic material, and am currently leaning toward electrical engineering.

    I tried contacting Dr. Chen (mentioned here: http://investintaiwan.nat.gov.tw/en/news/200706/2007062001.html ), but have gotten no response. He is the only one at the Chiao Tung Dept. of Photonics involved in anything organic, I have also sent an email to the dept. at large (in English, I don't speak enough Mandarin to communicate in such a capacity sadly), and likewise await a response.

    I can easily get my electrical engineering degree, it would be the easiest with my current circumstance, but I am not sure how conductive this would be to my hopes of working with solar cells made from organic material. Dr. Alivisatos at Berkley told me it was an interdisciplinary matter and that electrical was on the table, thus it's an issue of optimization.

    Thanks for your consideration in the matter; I just want to get things cleared up so that I may take the optimal path, especially on such an important matter as education.
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  4. Jul 10, 2007 #3
    Thanks for the response; I sent him an email.

    Any other organizations or professors you know of who work in this area?
  5. Jul 10, 2007 #4
    Here's what I found just tinkering around the chemistry and physics websites...I will take a look at the engineering stuff when I get the chance.



    Under the material's research you might find something to spark your interest.

    Much of the research going on at this university is nano-scale and materials research; however, there is also a push for alternative energy research.

    You might also want to consider just tinkering around these: http://www.physics.pdx.edu/people_faculty.htm and http://www.pdx.edu/cecs/faculty_expertise_ece.html
    department sites. If nothing else they might be able to point you towards other research groups.
  6. Jul 11, 2007 #5

    Ted Sargent has gotten a lot of press in the last few years for the "spray-on" solar panel that his group developed.
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