Joey Luther

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Joey Luther began his research career studying III-V light-emitting diodes and multijunction solar cells at North Carolina State University and moved to NREL during his graduate studies to study defects within various photovoltaic technologies. Under the direction of Arthur Nozik, while working on his doctorate through the Colorado School of Mines, he developed solar cells from colloidal nanocrystals, which exploit a phenomenon where multiple excitons are generated and harvested per incident photon. Luther then became a postdoctoral scholar in Paul Alivisatos’ group at the University of California, Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. In 2009, he rejoined NREL as a senior research scientist.

Research Interests

Luther’s research interests focus on developing clean energy technologies through the frontiers of nanoscience and low-cost advanced processing. His research is funded by Basic Energy Sciences Energy Frontier Research Centers, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Office, the U.S. Department of Defense, strategic partnerships with industry, and NASA.

Education/Academic Qualification

PhD, Physics, Colorado School of Mines

Bachelor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, North Carolina State University

Master, Electrical Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder


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