Andrew Licini ’16

Major

Chemistry

Project Title

Optical Reflectivity of Reversible Electrochemical Mirrors

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I was able to perform research this summer on the properties of reversible electrochemical mirrors (REMs), a promising field that deposits metal electrochemically onto surfaces to create controllably reflective layers on otherwise transparent panels. These panels, if perfected and implemented, would generate enormous energy savings, since windows allow in extravagant amounts of heat—REM windows could be “switched off” to reflect heat away when rooms are not occupied, or even fine-tuned to be partially reflective while still allowing a view outside. While working to develop these panels, I had an amazing experience working in a fully-stocked, professional research lab. Not only was I able to perform electrochemical tests on a sample cell, but I was also involved in all of the steps of preparation and analysis: assembling a full-scale drybox to perform the water-sensitive reactions, synthesizing the cutting-edge ionic liquid electrolytes, and even conferencing with top research groups halfway across the country. Working with my departmental research advisor over the summer also gave me a great taste of life as an academic researcher and as a chemistry graduate student.



Internship Year

2014

Project Category

Sustainability

Organization(s)

Bernasek Research Department, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

Mentor(s)

Steven Bernasek, Professor, Chemistry