M. Blankenship M. Blankenship

Mary Blankenship

Mary Blankenship

Current positions

  • PhD Student, QUASY project

Previous positions

  • Graduate Research Assistant at the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)
  • Graduate Student Researcher at Brookings Mountain West
  • Undergraduate Research Assistant at the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, UNLV
  • Student Researcher at Brookings Mountain West
  • Intern at the African Growth Initiative, Brookings Institution
  • Contributor at Center for European Policy Analysis


  • M.Sc. in Chemistry, UNLV
  • B.Sc. in Chemistry, UNLV
  • B.A. in Economics, minor in Brookings Public Policy, UNLV

Field of research

  • Investigation of the chemical and electronic structure of surfaces and interfaces of materials for energy conversion

Ongoing projects


Completed projects



  1. Conduction Band Cliff at the CdS/CuIn Ga Se Thin-Film Solar Cell Interface
    Blankenship, M.; Hauschild, D.; Both, L.; Pyatenko, E.; Witte, W.; Hariskos, D.; Paetel, S.; Powalla, M.; Weinhardt, L.; Heske, C.
    2024. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 128 (1), 339–345. doi:10.1021/acs.jpcc.3c05079
  2. Chemical and Electronic Structure at the Interface between a Sputter‐Deposited Zn(O,S) Buffer and a Cu(In,Ga)(S,Se)₂ Solar Cell Absorber
    Hauschild, D.; Blankenship, M.; Hua, A.; Steininger, R.; Eraerds, P.; Niesen, T.; Dalibor, T.; Yang, W.; Heske, C.; Weinhardt, L.
    2023. Solar RRL, 7 (11), Art.-Nr.: 2201091. doi:10.1002/solr.202201091