Welcome to the Center for Interface Science: Solar Electric Materials. We are an EFRC established in 2009, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences which contribute to our nation’s development of economical, terawatt-level solar energy sources for the 21st century. CISSEM is comprised of a great team of scientists, engineers, and staff located at major universities and research centers in Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, New Jersey, and Washington. An integral part of our mission is to inspire, recruit, and train future energy scientists and leaders in the basic science of solar electric energy conversion. Our research is focused on the basic science underpinning the development of thin-film photovoltaic energy conversion technologies by understanding and controlling the electronic properties of critical regions called “interfaces” on nanometer length scales. The chemical composition and energetics of these interfaces significantly affect the overall efficiency and lifetime of solar cells.
Neal R. Armstrong