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About Simon Garcia

"How do you turn sunlight into electricity? My research program focuses on photovoltaic materials, which are at the heart of solar energy technology. I am especially interested in the nanoscale structure of these materials, which determines their properties in photovoltaic applications.
"My students and I are investigating ways to improve a material's structure by controlling the shape of its crystals. Using chemistry, we can grow, shape, and assemble inorganic crystals into nanoscale structures, such as semiconducting nanorod arrays. Our research methods include pH-controlled crystallization, sol-gel film deposition, silicon micromachining, optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and atomic force microscopy.
"I bring a materials-science perspective into my courses, emphasizing the way that a compound's properties affect its function in modern technologies. In the nanoscience lab, for example, students use functional materials to construct working solar cells, and are ultimately challenged to improve these devices using their knowledge of chemistry and materials."


Present Associate Professor of Chemistry, Kenyon College

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Contact Information

P: (740) 427-5077
Tomsich Hall 108


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