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University of Houston physicist part of major solar energy research team
Date:11/10/2011

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"All of the academic affiliates in this project have established themselves as key players in the solar photovoltaic arenas," said Freundlich, the QESST principal investigator at UH. "In tackling the grand challenge of making solar energy more affordable, the center will build its research and development efforts on three vertically integrated thrusts that will address barriers from basic science to devices all the way to terawatt scale manufacturing."

Freundlich, who is with UH's Center for Advanced Materials, will address the project's fundamental science and material engineering aspects. In particular, Freundlich and his team will explore novel device concepts and nano-materials that could lead to breakthroughs in the efficiency and cost of PV devices, which could revolutionize the PV industry.

Freundlich has a strong track record in technology transfer to industry. Several of his patents are actively licensed to industry, generating significant revenues for UH.

"ERCs are the crown jewel of the National Science Foundation's science and engineering program," Freundlich said. "What's unique about QESST is that this is the first ERC to be jointly funded by the NSF and DOE and it's the first pure solar ERC in the nation."

The grant will fund the ERC for five years. Freundlich's share totals about $1 million.

The UH team also will support the educational goals by reaching out to K-12 students and providing research training for undergraduates and high school teachers.


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Contact: Laura Tolley
ljtolley@uh.edu
713-743-0778
University of Houston
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