Center for Excitonics

Recent Publications

Ferry Prins, Aaron J. Goodman, and William A. Tisdale, "Reduced Dielectric Screening and Enhanced Energy Transfer in Single- and Few-Layer MoS2" Nano Lett., Article ASAP, DOI: 10.1021/nl5019386, online October 7, 2014.

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Seminar Series


April 21, 2015 | 4:30 PM/ RLE Haus 36-428

Spectroscopy and Topological Phases for Organic Excitons

Joel Yuen
The Research Laboratory of Electronics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Nano-Structured Solar Cells

What is an Exciton?

When a chlorophyll molecule in the leaf of a plant absorbs a photon of sunlight, the solar energy is converted into an excited state of the molecule known as an exciton. The exciton then transports the energy between molecules in the leaf, and ultimately mediates the conversion of sunlight into electrical energy.

Thus, excitons are packets of energy confined within a material. They are the crucial intermediate for energy transduction in all kinds of low-cost electronic materials. Excitons also dominate the behavior of disordered synthetic nano-materials like polymers and inorganic quantum dots. Consequently, excitons control solar energy conversion in low-cost solar cells, and also light emission in organic and quantum-dot based LEDs.

What does our group do?

The mission of the Center for Excitonics is to develop the science and technology of excitons, to reveal the fundamental characteristics of these crucial quasi-particles, and enable new solar cells and lighting technologies. Our efforts are divided into three major thrusts. Each thrust is comprised of seven to ten faculty devoted to key scientific problems confronting the development of more efficient solar cells and solid state lighting.

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