Dr. Murali Banavoth research group is focused on functional materials for future low cost solar energy device architectures. The solar cells include Inorganic (CZTS/CIAS/CIGS), Organic (BHJ), Hybrid perovskite thin film/nanostructured photovoltaics (PV) using both the vacuum and soft chemistry approaches. The photonic applications include the photoconductive/diode based photodetectors (PDs), photocatalysis, light emitting diodes (LEDS) and also Lasing/amplified spontaneous emissions. The advanced functionality and fundamental understanding of processes that take place during photon absorption/emission at the active layer, surfaces/ interfaces are our main research interests.
PV research involves in a complete solar cell device fabrication from its individual components (absorbers, electron/hole transport layers) for photo conversion efficiency (PCE) and followed by its PCE certification. In brief we focus on interdisciplinary combinations of material synthesis, optimizations of device architectures by tuning the optoelectronic properties. Our long term goal is to bridge the academic and industrial sectors, by delivering a higher efficiency stable photovoltaic technology at a much lower cost than existing in the global market.
We also embrace the advancements in materials science by fabricating PDs and LEDs with possible ever-shorter wavelengths, to shine our Solar cells and Photonics Research Laboratory (SPRL) with bright variety of colors.