Monday, September 23 marks the beginning of National Clean Energy Week, the goal of which is to advance the support for our nation’s energy sector through new methods of market development, policy change, and technological innovation.
For Hope College’s Dr. Jeffrey Christians, this is his kind of week. The assistant professor of chemical engineering was a postdoctoral fellow at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado for three years before coming to Hope in 2018. At NREL, he worked on clean energy initiatives for next generation solar power technology.
Today at Hope, Christians’ research looks into the development of semiconductor materials (such as perovskites, a photovoltaic material) that can become working components of solar cells to make them more broadly accessible. He also works on non-traditional applications of solar cells, such as color-switching solar cells which could be integrated into building facades.