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DEfECT Lab: Defect Engineering for Energy Conversion Technologies

DEfECT Lab: Defect Engineering for Energy Conversion Technologies

Tara Nietzold

Tara Nietzold

Graduate Student, IGERT Fellow

I graduated in the spring of 2015 from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey with a degree in Materials Science & Engineering and minors in italian and economics. I then moved directly to Arizona to begin my PhD in Materials Science. I have worked on a variety of undergraduate research projects including thermoelectric materials, thin-film multi-junction solar cells, surface passivation of silicon wafers, and diamond MOSFETs. I have completed these projects at Rutgers, Arizona State, and Japan respectively and I think it is very important to do research in different environments for both the educational and cultural development it provides. I will continue to further my interest in semiconductors, particularly silicon, and their role in electronic device fabrication, particularly in solar cells. When I am not working, I enjoy snowboarding, learning new languages, and traveling.