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Taylor Aubry is a researcher in the Computational Science Center at NREL. She's working on two-dimensional materials as photocatalysts for solar fuel generation, enhancing the photoelectrical performance of two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides. She is interested in studying and controlling the unique photophysical properties these semiconducting materials exhibit due to quantum confinement effects.

Taylor received her bachelor's degree in physics and chemistry (joint honors) from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. From there, her desire to work on renewable energy technology led her to pursue her doctorate at UCLA in Professor Benjamin J. Schwartz’s group. Her graduate work focused on understanding structure and electronic property relationships in conjugated polymers for thermoelectric and photovoltaic devices. In particular, she showed that dodecaborane cluster-based dopants can produce free charge carriers in doped conjugated polymers due to their intrinsic ability to spatially separate the counterion and reduce Coulombic attraction.

Research Interests

Controlling photophysical properties of 2D-materials via morphology, doping, surface functionalization, and heterostructuring

Transition metal dichalcogenides as catalysts for solar fuel production

Carrier transport and optoelectronic properties of thin-film semiconductors

Education/Academic Qualification

Bachelor, Physics and Chemistry, McGill University

PhD, Materials Chemistry, University of California, Los Angeles

Master, Materials Chemistry, University of California, Los Angeles

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