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Norris Research Group

The goal of research in the Norris group is to tailor the optical properties of materials by controlling size, shape, and structure. In addition to investigating fundamental principles, each of our projects is pursued with specific applications in mind. Future research will address two main areas: Semiconductor Nanocrystals and Thermal Plasmonics. Applications include photovoltaic and thermophotovoltaic solar cells, respectively. For a brief description of our research see this link. To learn more about our group, please follow the links to the left or read the exciting news below.



Norris Group moving to ETH

April, 2010. Starting in August 2010, the Norris Group will begin moving to the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich Switzerland. David accepted a new Professorship in Materials Engineering which will begin in June 2010. Postdoctoral and Ph.D. positions are available.

Prashant Nagpal wins MRS gold student award

December, 2009. Prashant won the Gold Student Award at the Fall Meeting of the Materials Research Society (MRS). He was selected from among twenty-one finalists after his presentation on "Ultrasmooth Patterned Metals for Plasmonics and Metamaterials." The award, which was presented on December 2nd, included a $400 prize and a plaque.

Congratulations Prashant!

Prashant Nagpal defends

November, 2009. Prashant defended his Ph.D. thesis entitled, "Metal Photonics and Plasmonics for Energy Generation," on 11/5/09 and became Dr. Prashant Nagpal. The group celebrated with Prashant and wished him well as he will soon begin his postdoctoral position at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Congratulations Prashant!

Kurtis Leschkies defends

September, 2009. Kurtis defended his Ph.D. thesis entitled, "Assembly and Characterization of Quantum-Dot Solar Cells," on 9/3/09 and became Dr. Kurtis Leschkies. The group celebrated with Kurtis and wished him well as he started his new position at Applied Materials.

Congratulations Kurtis!

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