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Edward Sargent Environmental engineering – Energy & fuels

Edward Sargent’s research investigates the use of colloidal quantum dots to improve device performance and lower manufacturing costs. By tuning the size and properties of these semiconductor nanoparticles, photovoltaics can capture more of the sun’s energy, and infrared security cameras that can be manufactured on a large scale rather than current manual assembly methods. Additionally, his research team is interested in how nanomaterials can be used to sense the presence of disease indicators, and transform these signals into diagnostic devices.

Awards

University Professor

Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

Fellow of the IEEE

Fellow of the AAAS

Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering

Relevant Publications

G. Konstantatos et al, "Ultrasensitive solution-cast quantum dot photodetectors," Nature, vol. 442, no. 7099, pp. 180-183, 2006.

J. Tang et al, "Colloidal-quantum-dot photovoltaics using atomic-ligand passivation," Nat. Mater. vol. 10, no, 10, pp. 765-771, 2011.

A.H. Ip et al, "Hybrid passivated colloidal quantum dot solids." Nat. Nanotechnol., vol. 7, no. 9, pp. 577-582 2012.

M. Graetzel et al, "Materials interface engineering for solution-processed photovoltaics," Nature, vol. 488, pp. 304-312, 2012.

D. Shi et al, "Low trap-state density and long carrier diffusion in organolead trihalide perovskite single crystals," Science, vol. 347, pp. 519-522, 2015.

Books

E. Sargent, The Dance of Molecules: How Nanotechnology is Changing Our Lives. Toronto: Penguin Group, 2005.

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Appointments

Program Director Bio-inspired Solar Energy

Heffernan Director Bio-inspired Solar Energy

Institution

University of TorontoDepartment of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Education

PhD (Electrical and Computer Engineering) University of Toronto

BSc Eng (Engineering Physics) Queen's University

Country

Canada

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