Vision Statement: CISSEM will become a nationally and internationally recognized center of excellence for the science of interfaces in photovoltaic devices based on organic and inorganic nanostructured, hybrid materials.
Mission Statement: CISSEM’s mission is to advance the understanding of interface science underlying solar energy conversion technologies based on organic and organic-inorganic hybrid materials; and to inspire, recruit and train future scientists and leaders in the basic science of solar electric energy conversion.
- A multi-investigator center addressing the science of interfacial processes that limit efficiencies and lifetimes in emerging solar electric energy conversion technologies, which requires the characterization and control of these processes at nanometer length scales.
- An integrated synergistic EFRC approach to tackle complex problems; combining the technology and expertise of four universities and NREL, the U.S. federal laboratory “dedicated to the research, development, commercialization and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.”
- An outstanding training opportunity for future energy scientists and leaders, engaging the unique array of research facilities and expertise at CISSEM’s universities and NREL.
- A research program creating new scientific understandings of the electronic properties of interfaces relevant to many complementary energy conversion systems including thin-film PV platforms, energy storage systems, photoelectrochemical platforms that create fuels from sunlight, and new thin-film, solid-state lighting technologies.