Dana Kern

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Personal Profile

Dana Sulas-Kern joined NREL in 2018. She has split her time at NREL between two areas: photovoltaic module/cell reliability and solar photochemistry. Under these programs, Dana enjoys both fundamental research on the ultrafast processes for photoinduced charge generation in novel materials, as well as more applied research for understanding and characterizing reliability of commercialized photovoltaics as well as research-level devices.

Research Interests

Photovoltaics – device physics, reliability, and durability

Luminescence and thermal imaging

Ultrafast transient absorption spectroscopy

Time-resolved microwave photoconductivity

Photoinduced charge transfer 

Professional Experience

Graduate Research Fellow, Brookhaven National Laboratory – Sfeir Research Group (2017) 

Graduate Research/Teaching Assistant, University of Washington (2011–2017) 

Intern, National Renewable Energy Laboratory – Gregg Research Group (2010) 

Intern, Cool Earth Solar (2009) 

Research Assistant, MIT Chemistry Department – Swager Research Group (2007-2008)

Intern, Centrose (2007) 

Education/Academic Qualification

Bachelor, Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Bachelor, Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

PhD, Physical Chemistry, University of Washington

Master, Physical Chemistry, University of Washington


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