Tuesday, February 1, 2011

"So, When Will These Things Finally Work? State-of-the-Art Characterization of Interfaces in Energy Conversion Devices" Dr. Heske – Feb 10th NevBio

Dr. Clemens Heske and his group at UNLV team up with other universities, national labs, and companies who make devices for energy conversion - solar cells, fuel cells, photoelectrochemical cells that use sunlight to split water, nuclear fuel, light-emitting diodes, and others. He will be speaking at the NevBio luncheon on Thursday, Feb 10th: 11:30 Check-in & 12 PM lunch & Presentation. $30 at McCormick & Schmicks. 335 Hughes Center Drive.

Dr. Heske will talk on his current research, with particular emphasis on solar energy applications and focus on why it is important to study their interfaces on an atomic scale. To register Click Here

Clemens Heske received his Ph.D. (Dr. rer. nat.) in Physics from the University of Würzburg in Germany in 1998. After two years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, he became a "wissenschaftlicher Assistent" at the University of Würzburg and completed his German Habilitation in Experimental Physics in December of 2003. In 2004, he joined the UNLV Chemistry Department as an Associate Professor for Materials/Physical Chemistry and promoted to Professor in the summer of 2009.

Dr. Heske uses soft x-rays to study surfaces and interfaces in a wide variety of material systems for energy conversion. With his group, he teams up with over 30 different national and international partners in academia, national labs, and industry to improve thin film solar cells, materials for hydrogen production, hydrogen storage, fuel cells, light-emitting devices, nuclear fuel, and other systems that involve interfaces and require a deeper understanding of their properties to optimize the performance and stability of the final device.

The Research Group of Dr. Clemens Heske uses a large number of spectroscopic and structural methods to study surfaces and interfaces of devices devoted to the conversion of energy.

Thin Film Solar Cells
Hydrogen Production
Hydrogen Storage
Carbon Nanomaterials
Solid Oxide Fuel Cells
Inorganic semiconductor devices
Bio-interfaces and liquids
Nuclear Fuel

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