Session S60c (Thursday, 9:30am, Thomas 102)

P901: Solar photovoltaics across the undergraduate chemistry curriculum

Ted Pappenfus (University of Minnesota – Morris, USA)

We are in the process of integrating important elements of solar photovoltaics, a key component to a sustainable future, across the undergraduate chemistry curriculum at the University of Minnesota, Morris. This project strives to create a curriculum which is more interdisciplinary with respect to both teaching and research and which introduces topics that are timely, yet essential in preparing undergraduate students. This talk will include, but not be limited to the following: (i) dye-sensitized solar cells in the general and inorganic chemistry laboratories; (ii) organic solar cells in the organic and polymer chemistry laboratories; and (iii) design and physical properties of organic materials in the physical chemistry laboratory. Our goal is to develop a far-reaching energy and sustainable chemistry curriculum that complements the traditional curriculum and better prepares our future graduates for success in addressing global problems. An overview of the project will be presented along with our preliminary results.


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