Postdoc wins fellowship to develop see-through solar cells

Tuesday, Jun 25, 2019
by Scott Lyon

Researcher Quinn Burlingame has won a 2019 Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship in Chemical Sciences, one of 15 such awards given to scientists and engineers researching fundamental chemistry as it relates to physics, engineering and materials science.

Burlingame is developing see-through solar cells that can turn everyday windows into power sources. The technology creates electricity from ultraviolet sunlight using organic materials that are cheap, flexible and made using environmentally friendly methods. Energy generated by the cells could be used to power dimmable windows that make buildings more efficient without great expense.

Burlingame works in the Organic and Polymer Electronics Laboratory, led by Lynn Loo, the Theodora D. '78 and William H. Walton III '74 Professor in Engineering and director of the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment. He joined the Loo group early in 2019, bringing expertise in the stability of these desirable materials and devices to complement the lab's focus on design and production.

The fellowship, awarded annually by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, lasts a minimum of two years with the possibility of renewal for a third year. The first two years cover the cost of the Burlingame's position as a postdoctoral research associate as well as a portion of his research expenditures.