The CSCT is pleased to welcome back Lee Burton from his research internship at Harvard University in the United States. Lee spent 5 weeks in Boston, working with the groups of Professor Roy Gordon at Harvard and Dr Tonio Buonassisi at MIT.
These groups share Lee’s research interests in so-called ‘earth abundant photovoltaics’, a branch of materials science that aims to reduce the cost of solar energy by making panels from cheaper materials than are used today.
The expertise of the US groups leans more towards device performance, while Lee’s experience is in the underlying materials chemistry. While there the two worked together to identify likely areas that are limiting performance and devised ways to overcome them.
Lee’s placement marks the initiation of an on-going collaboration, with a recent visit from MIT researchers to Bath and another trip out to Boston scheduled for December 2013.