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MizzouForward Keynote – Exploiting disordered photonics for light trapping in photoelectrochemical energy conversion applications



November 16th | 11:00am – 12:00pm

103 Schlundt Hall

Join us for “Exploiting disordered photonics for light trapping in photoelectrochemical energy conversion application" a keynote presentation by College of Arts & Science-Chemistry, MizzouForward faculty candidate, Dr. Robert Coridan. Dr. Coridan will present on his research for approximately 40-minutes with a 20-minute question and answer session to follow. 

Dr. Robert Coridan is currently an Associate Professor with tenure in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Arkansas.  Dr. Coridan completed B.S. degrees in Physics and Computer Science from The Ohio State University and earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.


Photoelectrochemical (PEC) solar energy conversion applications rely on chemical reactions driven by photogenerated minority carriers (electrons or holes) at a semiconductor-liquid interface. The optical, electronic, and chemical transport processes characteristic of these PEC reactions operate on independent and generally disparate length scales. Fabricating electrodes with hierarchical structure can optimize the performance for each of these processes simultaneously.  Dr. Coridan’s lab has recently introduced an approach to synthesizing disordered colloidal composites and selectively removing organic components from the structure.  They can functionalize these structures with a thin semiconductor light absorber to improve the rate of PEC water oxidation, for example. This approach can drive the self-organization of the multiscale structure necessary for uniting the many important transport length scales for PEC energy conversion into a simple, scalable material design.   


You can access Dr. Coridan’s CV via OneDrive here:

​20221018_coridan_CV_missouri.pdf icon 20221018_coridan_CV_missouri.pdf (University log in required to access)

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