Alexi Arango's lab at Mount Holyoke College is custom designed so that undergraduate students can build layered structures such as solar cells and organic LEDs. The third-generation solar cells manufactured in this lab employ semiconductors such as quantum dots, molecular dyes, and metal oxides. These novel semiconductors could result in highly efficient devices that can be less expensively and more easily manufactured than devices employing silicon. Students working in this lab hope to make renewable energy more viable.
State-of-the-art research is a significant component of the physics major at Mount Holyoke College. Students work in atomic force microscopy and thermal mapping, and now have the capacity to fabricate solar cells and organic LEDs (OLEDs) thanks to a new lab.