CEN is a Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC). CEN members are drawn from four major research Universities: University of Southern California, University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign, University of Michigan, and University of Virginia.

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CEN’s Mission:

The Center for Energy Nanoscience will use semiconductor nanotechnology and organic molecular design in innovative materials and device designs to develop new understanding of the fundamental issues controlling the performance of low cost, high efficiency solar cells and light emitting diodes (LEDs).

Research Goals and Approach:

  • Dramatically increase efficiency and reduce cost of solar cells and LEDs to create technologies that are cost competitive with the incumbent technologies.
  • Develop new understanding of semiconductor nanoscience, organic molecule design, and device design to enable a new generation of low cost, efficient device designs.
  • Engage a renowned team of scientists and engineers to accomplish goals.








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