Our research investigates semiconductor bulk- and nano-materials such as nano-films, nano-wires, and nano-/micro-crystal thin-films.

Our particular interest is in low-cost, non-toxic, earth-abundant materials that, through various fabrication routes, can be useful energy materials.

Our core material of interest is silicon.

We aim to enhance the electronic, optical and thermal properties of silicon-based materials through changes at the nano-scale – usually involving nano-structuring or the modification of nano-scale defects.

This makes these semiconductors better for applications in energy harvesting devices, such as thermoelectric generators or photovoltaic cells.

While our research starts at the nano-scale, it doesn’t stop there – we build and test macroscale demonstrator devices based on our material innovations.