A researcher at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE)’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has been selected by DOE’s Office of Basic Energy Sciences as one of 68 scientists to participate in DOE’s Early Career Research Program.
Kirstin Alberi is eligible to receive up to $2.5 million in research grants over five years for her work on “Light-Stimulated Epitaxy of Novel Semiconductor Alloys and Heterostructures.” This project explores the use of energy, from light, to aid the growth of semiconductor films.
“At NREL, we are researching new semiconductors for photovoltaic and solid state lighting applications, but some of these materials can be difficult to fabricate,” Alberi said. “The use of light to enhance growth processes may help us overcome current synthesis limitations. This project is intended to establish a fundamental understanding of light-induced growth changes that could drive the development of advanced synthesis approaches; once we can make these materials, industry can start to incorporate them into new devices and products.”
A list of the 68 awardees, their institutions, and titles of research projects and program details is available on the Early Career Research Program webpage. A profile of Alberi can be found at: http://www.ornl.gov/info/news/pulse/no352/profile.shtml
The final details for the project award are subject to final contract negotiations with DOE. Alberi was selected from nearly 850 university and national laboratory applicants. Selection was based on peer review by outside scientific experts.
NREL is the U.S. Department of Energy's primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. NREL is operated for DOE by The Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC.