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Materials and Processes for Energy and Transport Technologies

The development and optimization of devices for energy-related systems and transport increasingly demand an in-depth characterization of their electronic, chemical, and structural properties. Synchrotron-based techniques are very powerful in providing such insights but are typically best applied to fundamental questions on well-defined idealized systems. It is our goal to develop and use these high-level characterization techniques for the study of applied material systems (i.e., real world devices) with particular focus on in situ and operando studies.

To achieve this goal, we are combining x-ray spectroscopic techniques in the soft and hard x-ray range with x-ray scattering and x-ray imaging techniques to study a wide range of systems including thin-film and organic solar cells, organic light emitting diodes, printed electronics, batteries, cementitious materials, catalysts, lightweight materials for automotive applications, materials for photoelectrochemical water splitting, and more.