Sustainability: energy (electrical, solar, thermal), water, the environment, geophysics

Deutsch Lab: The Deutsch Lab is investigating the role metal nanoparticles play in enhancing light trapping in layered structures. This is relevant in the context of improving light harvesting efficiencies in thin film organic solar cells.

Guenza Lab: Multiscale modeling of macromolecular materials for alternative energy applications: polymer nanofiller composite materials and polymer substrates interfaces.

Haley Lab: The Haley/DW Johnson collaboration on anion sensing seeks to address environmental problems at the nexus of food, energy and water systems.

Darren Johnson Lab: The DWJ lab is working on several projects in sustainability. 1) In collaboration with the Haley lab we design new compounds that can selectively sense ionic environmental contaminants such as nitrate and phosphate for applications in nutrient management in agriculture and industrial wastewaters. 2) In collaboration with PNNL we design new porous materials as sorbents for hazardous environmental contaminants.

Dave Johnson Lab: My group is exploring new materials consisting of inter grown layers of two different structures, with the goal of using different constituents to optimize different properties. Applications include batteries, solar energy and thermal insulation.

Livelybrooks: Geophysics: exploration of the Cascadia subduction zone, including the seismogenic ‘locked’ zone offshore and source regions for ‘slow earthquakes,’ using electromagnetic, seismic and tidal signals. Probing in particular the role fluids play within crustal and mantle rocks to initiate and sustain slip, either in the form of massive, megathrust earthquakes or more prolonged episodic tremor and slip events.

Taylor Lab: Electrode designs for non-linear solar panels

Tyler Lab: The Tyler group is investigating homogeneous catalytic reactions in aqueous solution using earth-abundant metal complexes. As part of this study, we are also designing new catalysts that are water-soluble and new ligands that have easier syntheses than more traditional ligands. In another project, the group is designing photochemically degradable plastics that have a tunable onset of degradation.

Wong Lab: The Wong lab designs in situ measurements of materials which are relevant to photovoltaics, organic electronics, and low energy organic LEDs. By measuring these materials during their formation, they will understand how to control the properties of these materials to make them more efficient.