Mark Schwab

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Mark has a voracious interest in nanotechnology, renewable energy,
and the intersection between the two.  He is a doctoral candidate in
Dr. Pfefferle’s lab, and specializes in the synthesis and
characterization of nanoporous materials for applications in hybrid
organic/inorganic solar cells.  This approach to photovoltaics
utilizes light-absorbing plastics to donate electrons to an aligned
porous semiconductor membrane.  This system is advantageous because it
circumvents the typical problems in polymer photovoltaics of poor
charge separation due to low exciton diffusion lengths, and poor
charge extraction due to disordered, tortuous, or discontinuous charge
collection pathways.

In addition to his research into photovoltaics, Mark also works with
resonant Raman spectroscopy for the characterization of carbon
nanotubes and other materials, and the synthesis of cupric oxide
nanomaterials such as nanowires, nanotubes, and nanosheets. 

People Type: 
7. Alumni