Andrea Munro's Research Group
Undergraduate researchers in the Munro Lab investigate the interactions between colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals and their surface ligands. We study the chemistry behind ligand exchange in order to improve the efficiency and stability of colloidal nanocrystals in solar cells.
Our research group is part of a northwest research alliance that will be developing quantum-dot based luminescent solar cells (LSCs). Students in the Munro Lab will synthesize doped-semiconductor nanocrystal quantum dots that will serve as the dyes within the LSCs. Students will also synthesize metallic nanoparticles for use as photocatalysts. The alliance is funded by has collaborators from George Fox University, PLU, the University of Puget Sound, and Western Washington University.
Each summer 2-3 undergraduate students work in the Munro Lab for 10 weeks. They learn to synthesize CdSe nanocrystals spheres, rods, and belts using air-free techniques. Students learn to characterize their samples using UV-vis absorbance and photoluminescence spectroscopy as well as XRD, FTIR, NMR, TEM, and cyclic voltammetry.