Kai Zhu

Kai Zhu

20002024

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Personal Profile

Dr. Kai Zhu is a senior scientist in the Chemistry and Nanoscience Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). He received his Ph.D. degree in Physics from Syracuse University in 2003, where he studied the electrical and optical properties and the device physics of solar cells based on amorphous-silicon thin films and dye-sensitized mesoporous TiO2 films. He was then a postdoctoral researcher for about one year at Kansas State University, working on III-nitride wide-bandgap semiconductors for high-power blue and ultraviolet light-emitting diodes. In 2004, he joined NREL as a postdoctoral researcher in the laboratories of Dr. Arthur J. Frank, working on fundamental charge-carrier transport and recombination in photoelectrochemical cells, especially dye-sensitized solar cells. Since 2007, he has worked as a staff scientist at NREL. 

Research Interests

Current research interests are both basic and applied research on perovskite solar cells, including perovskite material development, device fabrication and characterization, and basic understanding of charge-carrier dynamics in these cells.

Research interests have also included hydrogen production via photoelectrochemical cells and nanostructured electrodes for Li-ion batteries and supercapacitors.

Education/Academic Qualification

PhD, Physics, Syracuse University

Master, Physics, University of Science and Technology of China

Bachelor, Physics, University of Science and Technology of China

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