Welcome! The MOE Lab at Michigan State University focuses on inorganic and organic excitonic materials for solar energy production and utilization. We look to exploit oriented, crystalline, nanostructured, and excitonic films through organic-inorganic and organic-organic interactions while studying fundamental relationships between structure and photophysical properties. Ultimately we aim to apply this understanding to enhance device efficiencies, lifetime, and functionality.
With the increased awareness for the environmental impact of energy production, and carbon emission in particular, much focus has been placed on renewable energy sources. It has been shown that solar energy is one of only several alternative energy sources capable of offsetting a major portion of worldwide energy consumption, as shown above (10% PV efficiency covering 1-2% of all land area). Data is adapted from N. Lewis, "Global Energy Perspective" 2007 (available online: http://nsl.caltech.edu/files/energy.ppt). While a multifaceted approach is required to transition away from fossil fuels, solar energy will surely be key to a sustainable future.