Jesssica Saylors ’13
Chemical and Biological Engineering
Assembly of Nanomaterials for Organic Solar Cells
My internship was part of a larger project exploring the potential of contorted hexabenzocoronene (HBC), a carbon-lattice molecule, and its derivatives for use in organic-based electronics and solar cells. I mainly examined two variables, film thickness and crystallization temperature, and hoped to determine how these affected the electronic properties of crystalline HBC films. My day-to-day activities mostly involved making, preparing, testing, and analyzing the data derived from HBC films. In the end, we were able to describe a number of connections between the variables we explored. I learned not only the science and lab technique involved in my project, but also about working in a research lab, the time and effort that goes into making a scientific advancement, and the excitement and frustration that comes along with it. Working in the lab this summer has given me valuable experience to help me decide if I would like to pursue research in the future, and has started me thinking about shifting my academic focus closer to materials science.
Climate and Energy
Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey
Yueh-Lin (Lynn) Loo, Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Deputy Director, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment; Jeffrey Mativetsky, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Chemical and Biological Engineering; Anna Hiszpanski, Graduate Stude