National Science Foundation Next Generation Photovoltaics Center at CSU
Dr. W.S. Sampath, site director of the National Science Foundation Next Generation Photovoltaics Center at Colorado State University, has been working on advancing cadmium telluride (CdTe) Photovoltaics for more than 20 years at CSU. Along with Dr. Kurt Barth, the associate site director of the NGPV Center, the overall vision is to help establish PV electricity as a major source of energy in the United States and the world by leveraging cutting-edge research.
The New School of Advanced Materials Discovery
The SAMD is on schedule to complete final approval hurdles, and plans to admit graduate students in Fall 2016. Engaging students in this expanding field through and new and exciting program is the goal of the SAMD.
CSU’s dynamic and extensive materials and manufacturing research is only magnified by today’s heightened interest in advanced materials solutions that significantly inpact basic human needs like energy, transportation, health, food distribution, and more.
Materials Engineering Laboratory
The Mechanical Engineering Department’s Materials Engineering Lab (MEL) under the direction of Prof. W.S. Sampath has been in the forefront of CdTe photovoltaic manufacturing technology development since 1991. Numerous pieces of equipment and processes have been developed for synthesis and testing of photovoltaic devices.
Composite Materials, Relating Macroscopic Failure to the Material Structure
Failure in composite materials and structures can often be traced back to defects introduced during the manufacture of the component, at the materials-level. Studies investigating the relationship of mechanical performance of fiber reinforced composite structures to the material itself can involve full-scale component testing, laboratory coupon testing and microstructural investigation. The results of such research can point to changes during processing that can improve the overall structural properties through an improved understanding of key features of the microstructure.