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Congrats ECE alumni who joined academiaCongratulations to these ECE graduates who have recently joined academia as faculty members!
Organic photovoltaics offer realistic pathway to power-generating windowsA new fabrication process greatly improves the reliability of highly-efficient semi-transparent solar cells, which can be applied to windows to generate solar power.
Eliminating the Tradeoffs Between Farming and Solar Energy DevelopmentTesting Semi-Transparent Solar Cell Technology at U-M’s Campus Farm.
Equity in the energy technology transition is new Institute’s goalProf. Johanna Mathieu is the new Associate Director of the Institute for Energy Solutions, which will continue U-M’s 75-year legacy of leadership in energy research.
LNF Poster Winners announcedThe winning research focused on emitting white light with OLEDs, improving atomic layer deposition methods, and high efficiency green and red MicroLEDs for AR/VR.
Semiconductor Engineering: January 4, 2023
Photosynthesis photodetectorProf. Stephen Forrest talks about a new type of high-efficiency photodetector inspired by the photosynthetic complexes plants use to turn sunlight into energy, developed by his group.
Physics: September 21, 2022
Plant-Based Strategy for Harvesting LightPhysics features Prof. Stephen Forrest’s new photodetector design, which borrows its light-gathering architecture from plants and offers a potential path to more efficient solar cells.
Optics.org: September 8, 2022
University of Michigan designs photodetector inspired by photosynthesisThe new device, created by members of Prof. Stephen Forrest’s group, makes practical use of polaritons, pointing to a “goldmine of polariton applications.”
Photosynthesis copycat may improve solar cellsThe new approach moves energy efficiently and could reduce energy losses converting light into electricity.
Phys.org: September 2, 2022
New photodetector design inspired by plant photosynthesisPhys.org features Prof. Stephen Forrest’s research on a new type of high-efficiency photodetector inspired by the photosynthetic complexes plants use to turn sunlight into energy.
August 8, 2022
Inside Clean Energy: What’s Hotter than Solar Panels? Solar Windows.Inside Climate News features Prof. Stephen Forrest’s work developing a peel-off patterning technique that could enable more fragile organic semiconductors to be manufactured into semitransparent solar panels at scale.
Toward manufacturing semitransparent solar cells the size of windowsA peel-off patterning technique could enable more fragile organic semiconductors to be manufactured into semitransparent solar panels at scale.
May 16, 2022
2022 IEEE William Cherry Award to be presented at the 49th IEEE PVSC to Stephen R. ForrestProf. Stephen R. Forrest was awarded the William R. Cherry Award in recognition of his devotion to the advancement of the science and technology of photovoltaic energy conversion.
Detroit News: April 13, 2022
Michigan universities might be developing the next big thing: transparent solar panelsRead about the efforts of Prof. Stephen Forrest’s group to use buildings to generate renewable solar power through the use of transparent solar panels in windows. Doctoral student Xinjing Huang also talks about the research in a video.
Stephen Forrest receives H. Scott Fogler Award for Professional Leadership and ServiceForrest’s remarkable impact as a leader complements his profound impact as an engineer working for a carbon-neutral future.
All About Circuits: January 24, 2022
Photovoltaic Research Hopes to Overcome Key Challenges From Cost to DurabilityReferencing the work of Prof. Stephen Forrest, this article talks about the “surge in the development of photovoltaic technology, fueled by the need for cleaner and cheaper energy sources. “
Laser Focus World: September 18, 2021
Novel transparent solar cells show promise for power-generating windowsThe transparency-friendly solar cell, developed by Prof. Stephen Forrest’s group, pairs high efficiencies with 30-year estimated lifetimes.
Solar cells with 30-year lifetimes for power-generating windowsHigh-efficiency but fragile molecules for converting light to electricity thrive with a little protection.
PV Magazine: September 1, 2021
Novel approach for thermophotovoltaics promises higher efficienciesProf. Stephen Forrest and a team of U.S. researchers have proposed a new approach to fabricate solar thermophotovoltaics (STPV) with higher power densities, bringing the technology a step closer to practical viability.
Science Daily: August 31, 2021
Turning thermal energy into electricityScience Daily features a project with Prof. Stephen Forrest that’s turning thermal energy into electricity that could provide compact and efficient power for soldiers on future battlefields
University of Michigan: March 18, 2021
U-M President’s Commission on Carbon Neutrality Submits Final RecommendationsThe President’s Commission on Carbon Neutrality, co-chaired by Prof. Stephen Forrest and charged with recommending scalable, transferrable, and financially responsible pathways for the University of Michigan to achieve net-zero emissions, has submitted its final report to President Mark Schlissel and university leadership.
“Egg carton” quantum dot array could lead to ultralow power devices
By putting a twist on new “2D” semiconductors, researchers have demonstrated their potential for using single photons to transmit information.
University of Michigan: January 5, 2021
Carbon neutrality commission releases draft recommendationsThe President’s Commission on Carbon Neutrality, co-chaired by Prof. Stephen Forrest and charged with recommending scalable and transferable strategies for U-M to achieve net-zero emissions, has released its preliminary draft recommendations for public comment.
DBusiness Magazine: November 12, 2020
U-M Researchers Create Solar Cells that Harness Heat to Store ElectricityDBusiness highlights the research led by Prof. Stephen Forrest on heat harnessing solar cells that store energy.
Michigan News: October 2, 2020
U-M joins universities, nonprofits, governments at Midwest Climate SummitStephen Forrest, William Gould Dow Collegiate Professor in Electrical Engineering at the College of Engineering and co-chair of the President’s Commission on Carbon Neutrality, who will discuss U-M’s climate commitments and the carbon commission on Oct. 9
Good News Network: September 28, 2020
How Transparent Solar Panels And ‘Quantum Dots’ Could Make Skyscrapers Power ThemselvesIn labs around the world, scientists and engineers are working to transform skyscrapers into giant solar energy-generating pylons.
DBusiness Magazine: September 28, 2020
Transparent Solar Panels for Windows Developed at U-M Hits Efficiency RecordResearchers at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor have set a new efficiency record for color-neutral, transparent solar cells. The milestone brings them closer to having skyscrapers serve as power sources.
Futurity: September 24, 2020
Devices Reflect 99% Of Heat To Up Chance To Turn It Into PowerFuturity covers Prof. Forrest’s work on new heat-harnessing “solar” cells, or thermal photovoltaics, that reflect 99% of the energy they can’t convert to electricity.
A new textbook for Organic Electronics
Covering foundations to applications, the new book by Prof. Stephen Forrest fills a gap in this exciting field
Mirror-like photovoltaics get more electricity out of heat
By reflecting nearly all the light they can’t turn into electricity, they help pave the way for storing renewable energy as heat.
Futurity: August 21, 2020
Clear solar cells hit an all-time efficiency recordIn a step closer to skyscrapers that serve as power sources, researchers have set a new efficiency record for color-neutral, transparent solar cells.
Robotics & Automation: August 21, 2020
Michigan university scientists’ new solar panels could eventually lead to self-powering skyscrapersImagine if all the glass we see on the sides of skyscrapers and other buildings were actually solar cells in disguise, collecting energy from the sun and helping to power the building and reducing our reliance on fossil fuels.
Engineering and Technology: August 21, 2020
Transparent solar panels that can cover windows reach record efficiencyTransparent solar panels, that could one day be used to generate renewable energy from buildings, have reached a record-breaking efficiency of 8 per cent, researchers have said.
Urban solar energy: Solar panels for windows hit record 8% efficiency
Transparent solar panels on windows could take a bite out of a building’s electricity needs.
Lights in the labs – and eyes – of researchers coming back to work
‘Noncritical’ in-person research begins ramping up, with public-health protocols.
Russel Lecture: Fighting climate change with organic electronics
The researcher-entrepreneur who helped bring OLED displays to the masses envisions a future of efficient lighting and next-gen solar power.
Nobel Prize winners talk research, Nobel ceremony, and are remembered by U-M colleagues
From rubbing elbows with royalty to finding yourself a casual seatmate to a member of U2, Professor Emeritus Gérard Mourou, Prof. Donna Strickland, and their former U-M colleagues shared their experiences and reflections on the 2018 Nobel Prize ceremony.
Nature: December 18, 2019
Tomorrow’s industries: from OLEDs to nanomaterialsProf. Stephen Forrest lends his expertise to this piece by Nature.
US Navy: November 22, 2019
The Future of Organic Electronics OLED DisplaysProfessor Stephen Forrest discusses what makes organic electronics special and how its attributes create exciting new opportunities to finally realize its promise after 70-plus years of applied research, during a Distinguished Lecture Series held at the Office of Naval Research.
Commission on Carbon Neutrality talks progress, environmental justice at town hall
Prof. Stephen Forrest, who serves as co-chair of the commission, attended the forum to address concerns and give updates on the plan of action.
Commission co-chairs: Climate change solutions need broad commitmentAn update on the work done by U-M’s Commission on Carbon Neutrality, co-chaired by Prof. Stephen Forrest.
Can organic solar cells last – even into the next millennium? These might.
Finally, proof that organic photovoltaics can be as reliable as inorganic, with real-life desert testing
Chemistry World: September 12, 2019
Can organic solar cells stand the test of time?Stephen Forrest’s research group demonstrated it’s possible to create organic solar cells that reliably work for 27,000 years outdoors.
The new quantum spurs action by the Michigan Quantum Science & Technology Working Group
The new working group showcased Michigan’s strength in Quantum Science at a workshop attended by researchers throughout the University of Michigan.
Stephen Forrest named Henry Russel Lecturer for 2020
Stephen R. Forrest has been selected as U-M’s 2020 Henry Russel Lecturer, the university’s highest honor for senior faculty members.
The Future is Carbon Neutral
Prof. Stephen Forrest is co-chair of U-M’s Commission on Carbon Neutrality as part of U-M’s commitment to combat climate change and craft a sustainable future for all.
A new $1.6M energy project to develop low cost manufacturing of white organic lighting
Prof. Stephen Forrest is developing an automated high-yield roll-to-roll process to manufacture organic LEDs for lighting.
$1.6M for solar cell windows and high-temperature solar power
New sustainability research garners support from Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Office.
A window into the future of solar power
Windows in the buildings of the future could double as efficient solar cells.
STEM Education: A taste of research for K-12 teachers
The REACT workshop pairs U-M researchers with K-12 science educators to introduce primary school teachers to new laboratory science and classroom-friendly activities.
Organic solar cells reach record efficiency, benchmark for commercialization
The multi-layered organic solar cells will be able to curve in clothing or be transparently built into windows.
April 19, 2018
Professor Stephen Forrest elected to American Academy of Arts and SciencesUniversity of Michigan faculty members have been named to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences for their significant contributions in scholarly and professional fields.
COMBAT team receives Ted Kennedy Family Faculty Team Excellence Award
The group brought together experts in radar and remote sensing, integrated circuits, imaging, navigation, power, communications, and nano-fabrication.
Semiconductor breakthrough may be game-changer for organic solar cells
Buildings, clothing could generate power.
Stephen Forrest: ECE Bicentennial + Beyond lecture
This series of talks features world-renowned faculty with a long history at Michigan.
Bionic heart tissue: U-Michigan part of $20M center
Scar tissue left over from heart attacks creates dead zones that don’t beat. Bioengineered patches could fix that.
Forrest family supports UG and Grad Engineering students with three new funds
With their gift, Stephen and Rosamund Forrest are making it possible for more graduate and undergraduate students pursue their dreams
The Lurie Nanofabrication FacilityIt Takes the Best to Serve the Best.
Stephen Forrest receives IEEE Jun-ichi Nishizawa Medal for pioneering work in OLEDs
Forrest and colleagues received the award for “pioneering work on organic devices, leading to organic light-emitting diode displays.”
Stephen Forrest Elected to National Academy of Sciences
Membership in the NAS is one of the highest distinctions for a scientist or engineer in the United States.
U-M faculty part of Senate effort to reauthorize America COMPETES Act
The legislation authorizes programs and funding levels for agencies including the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Standards and Technology.
Art-inspired solar cells
Kirigami could be the key to flat, lightweight solar cells that can track the sun across the sky.
Stephen Forrest named Peter A. Franken Distinguished University Professor
Prof. Forrest is internationally-renowned and easily one of the most prolific inventors in academia today.
Stephen Forrest receives 2015 Distinguished University Innovator Award
Prof. Forrest is widely acknowledged as one of the most successful academic inventors and entrepreneurs today.
Stephen Forrest Elected to National Academy of Inventors
Forrest started 5 companies, holds more than 260 U.S. patents, and directs the Optoelectronic Components and Materials Laboratory
The future of solar: $1.3M to advance organic photovoltaics
The grant is aimed at advancing organic photovoltaics, a carbon-based version of solar technology that promises to change the way the sun’s energy is collected.
LNF User Symposium – sharing ideas and celebrating innovation
The 2014 LNF (Lurie Nanofabrication Facility) User Symposium highlighted the cutting-edge research enabled by Michigan’s world-class facility.
‘Photon glue’ enables a new quantum mechanical state
Researchers at the University of Michigan and Queens College used light to create links between organic and inorganic semiconductors in an optical cavity.
Byeongseop Song receives Rackham International Student Fellowship
The Fellowship will help Song to continue his studies in the area of optoelectronics.
New equation could advance research in solar cellsA groundbreaking new equation could do for organic semiconductors what the Shockley ideal diode equation did for inorganic semiconductors.
Organic laser breakthrough
The team is working toward building organic lasers that, like many inorganic lasers today, can be excited with electricity rather than light.