Speaker Bio and Abstract


Chris Giebink
School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Penn State

Seminar Title

“Concentrating sunlight without tracking the Sun"


Sunlight is a diffuse energy resource and thus all methods of solar energy conversion and use by society share one feature in common – concentration. Optical concentration offers a route to lower the cost of high efficiency multi-junction photovoltaics, but this typically requires bulky mechanical tracking that is incompatible with rooftop installation and on geometric optics that cannot harvest the diffuse solar component. This talk will focus on our recent developments in quasi-static microtracking and luminescent solar concentration that address these respective challenges.

Speaker Bio

Chris Giebink joined the Electrical Engineering Department at Penn State in the fall of 2011 following two years as the George Wells Beadle postdoctoral fellow at Argonne National Laboratory. He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Princeton University and holds undergraduate degrees in both Physics and Engineering Science from Trinity University (TX). He holds 5 patents and is a recipient of the DARPA YFA and AFOSR YIP awards. His research interests focus on fundamental and applied aspects of optoelectronic and photonic devices based on organic and inorganic semiconductor materials.

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