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DEfECT Lab: Defect Engineering for Energy Conversion Technologies

DEfECT Lab: Defect Engineering for Energy Conversion Technologies

Trumann Walker

Trumann Walker

Graduate Student

I graduated from Montana Tech of the University of Montana in the spring of 2017 with a BS in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering. Before joining the Defect Lab, I was fortunate enough to gain some professional experience in the mining industries of Alaska and Michigan working as an extractive metallurgist.
Currently, my research is focused on correlative studies between electrical performance and native defects in thin film solar cells, particularly cadmium telluride material systems. My future work will likely involve the development of statistical models from micro/nanoscale characterization and understanding of these thin film material systems, which could facilitate solar industry development. From a more theoretical stance, I hope to contribute to the understanding of x-ray induced voltage and its relation to x-ray induced current in thin film, photovoltaic structures.
General interests include playing chess, exercising, zoning out/meditating, and participating/initiating philosophical discussions.