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Organic Photovoltaic Cells: Promise and Progress

Release Date:
2/15/2013 12:00 AM

Dhandapni Venkataraman, features Dhandapni Venkataraman


What are the scientific and technological problems in fabricating efficient organic photovoltaic cells?   Dr. Venkataraman will address this question for The Alvine Engineering Professional Effectiveness and Enrichment Program and discuss the physics of the photovoltaic cells, the differences between silicon and organic solar cells, and the efforts to direct organization of semiconductors into nanoscale assemblies.  He will also talk about some of the exciting efforts pursued by researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in this regard.


Dr. D. Venkataraman, a.k.a. DV, is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He spent the first 21 years of his life in the City of Madras (now called Chennai), India. He received his B.Sc. degree from Vivekananda College, Madras in 1989 and his M.Sc degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras in 1991. He received his Ph.D degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1996. During his Ph.D. years, he was advised by Prof. Jeff Moore at UIUC and by Prof. Stephen Lee at the University of Michigan (now at Cornell). After his Ph.D., DV moved to Cornell as a postdoctoral Associate and worked with Prof. Frank DiSalvo and Prof. Jean Fréchet. In 1999, DV moved to UMass Amherst as an Assistant Professor.

DV is a recipient of Camille and Henry Dreyfus New Faculty Award, NSF CAREER award and CVIP Technology Award. He was nominated for the Distinguished Teaching Award in 2002, in 2005, and in 2006. He received the College of NSM Teaching award in 2008. He was also a Dow Distinguished Lecturer at the University of California, Santa Barbara.


March 13, from 12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.             


The Schumann Auditorium in the Tagliatela College of Engineering, Room B120, University of New Haven

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