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DEfECT Lab: Defect Engineering for Energy Conversion Technologies

DEfECT Lab: Defect Engineering for Energy Conversion Technologies

Sebastian Husein

Sebastian Husein

Graduate Student, Dean's Scholar

I earned my Bachelors in Materials Science and Engineering in 2013 from Arizona State University, where I worked on projects improving electrical durability of thin-film transistors for flexible electronics, and tuning optical properties of silicon for use in photovoltaics. After meeting Dr. Bertoni in 2013, I knew I had to stay at ASU for my Ph.D., as her enthusiasm and vision were exactly what I was looking for in a mentor. My current research focuses on developing metal oxide materials for front and back electrical contact use in thin-film photovoltaics. I investigate the relationships between charge transport and optical properties to crystal structure, composition, and electronic structure.

When not fixing temperamental lab equipment, I host a podcast –PodQESST– where fellow Ph.D. student Joe Karas and I interview graduate students, professors, and renewable energy experts about the behind-the-scenes development of their work, and often the wacky, interesting experiences we have as science enthusiasts. While my background has been fundamental research, I’m interested in the intersection of technology, policy, and society to identify barriers and opportunities for large-scale adoption of renewable energy resources.