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U.S. Navy SBIR Phase I award, August 2018

The group is pleased to announce that U.S. logoNavy has awarded us with SBIR Phase I grant (N181-002)  for “Flexible perovskite LED with CNT electrodes” in collaboration with Solarno Inc. company. Solarno Inc., Dallas, TX and Texas State University, San Marcos, TX will develop a novel roll-to-roll compatible, cost-effective method to manufacture high-efficiency, ultra-light-weight, flexible  LED lighting panels based on hybrid organohalide lead perovskite light emitters and carbon nanotube transparent electrodes.

07.22.2018. Congrats, Chris! Chris Manspeaker  has successfully defended his MSEC PhD Thesis titled: “Role of the cation in hybrid organic-inorganic perovskite solar materials“.

04.03.2018. Congrats, Joseph! Joseph Sadler has successfully defended his Physics MS Thesis titled: “Optical Mapping of Organohalide Lead Perovskite Films“.

U.S. Army STTR Phase I, II award, August 2017

army_sbirThe group is pleased to announce that U.S. Army has awarded us with STTR Phase I and Phase II grant (#W81XWH-17-C-0157)  for “Dynamic virtual moulage based on thin film adhesive displays” in collaboration with Archie MD Inc. company. We propose to develop a dynamic moulage technology with the ability to morph to reflect changes in medical simulation scenarios and provide lifelike situational fidelity. Specifically, a very thin, flexible electronic sticker display that adheres to skin will display a variety of dynamic information, including vital signs, disease progression, and response to treatment or treatment error, to provide the trainee with information about clinical progression and changes in the physiological state of the simulated patient scenario over time, potentially leading to improvements in critical thinking, assessment, and response time.

NSF SBIR Phase I award, July 2017

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The group is pleased to announce that the National Science Foundation has awarded us an SBIR Phase I grant (#1721884, Program Manager Dr. Anna Brady-Estevez)  for “Scalable fabrication of stable perovskite solar panels using slot-die coating technique.”  In this project, nTact company, in partnership with the Texas State, will use nTact’s slot die coating method and air stable p-i-n devices architecture to manufacture perovskite solar panel with a target power conversion efficiency of 20%, operational lifetime of more than 10,000 hours, power-to-weight ratio of 1 kW/kg, and target manufacturing cost of less than $0.3/W.  This is over a 40% reduction in costs when compared to industry leading photovoltaic technologies.

07.03.2017. Congrats, Liano!  Liano Perez has successfully defended his Physics MS Thesis titled: “High Performance Perovskite Photodetectors“.

ONR HBCU/MI Instrumentation award, August 2016


The group is pleased to announce that the Office of Navak Reserach  has awarded us HBCU/MI instrumentation grant (#W911NF-16-1-0518, Program Manager Dr. Paul Armistead)  for “Scanning Probe Microscope for Materials Research and Education.” We propose acquisition of a state-of-the-art scanning probe microscope (SPM) system for advanced materials analysis and addressing strategic plans in research and education of multiple departments in the College of Science and Engineering, and the university. The new system will have a major impact on current and future research at Texas State University, including ongoing and planned U.S. Department of Defense work. The proposed SPM will result in advanced training of research students and have an immediate impact on organized courses to accelerate our education efforts.

Physics Department Colloquium, 10/07/2015

You can find the slides here phys col AZ 10.07

ACS-PRF award, January 2015

acs_prfThe group is pleased to announce that the American Chemical Society  has awarded us Petroleum Research Fund grant (#UNI656095-UNI6, Program Manager Dr. Askar Fahr)  for “Electrochemical Study of Electronic Properties of Organic Thin Films in Orthogonal Electrolytes.”  In this project we propose to transform traditional electrochemistry to unleash its application for virtually all existing organic semiconductors, including weakly bonded small molecule organic films. To enable electrochemical characterization of such films we will exploit highly fluorinated segregated hydrofluoroethers (HFE) solvents as electrolytes, which are chemically orthogonal to non-fluorinated organic materials.

 RFM2206 Lab Grand Opening Event, January 23rd, 2015

Organic Electronics Lab RFM2206 is now officially open. We thank administration, faculty, staff members, engineers and students who helped in this process and hope to elevate Texas State as a hub for semiconductor devices of the future. [details & photos]