Why CRSP?

“The introduction to industry as an option for a career and the interaction with the members from industry was enough to convince me to participate in CRSP again.”

“CRSP is good forum for us to interact and learn about local research on the front range.”

“We are proud to be founding members because we get to work directly with the brightest and best minds in the industry.”

“By networking and sharing research progress, we bridge the gap between basic science research and the applied commercialization of products that can be developed from the knowledge gained by this research.”

“Our membership in CRSP is just what we were looking for to help accelerate technical and product development.”

"We are excited to learn about and network with those in CRSP involved in cutting edge solar research."

Faculty, Board and Staff

Executive Board

The Center for Revolutionary Solar Photoconversion (CRSP) Executive Board manages the research and business functions of CRSP. Members of the CRSP Executive Board include the CRSP scientific director, the managing director, and the four site co-directors from NREL, Colorado State University, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and Colorado School of Mines. The managing director directs the day-to-day business activities of CRSP. Site co-directors are responsible for organizing and implementing all activities specific to their respective institutions.

Dr. John Turner

Scientific Director, CRSP
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Dr. Turner has been at NREL since 1979 and is recognized as a world class scientist and international spokesperson for hydrogen energy and for his contribution in hydrogen production via photoelectrochemical splitting of water and in the development of fuel cells. He received the DOE Office of Science Outstanding Mentor Award and has co-authored more than 100 technical publications.

Dr. Adele Tamboli

Managing Director, CRSP
Physics Department
Colorado School of Mines

Dr. Adele Tamboli is a Research Assistant Professor of Physics at the Colorado School of Mines. She received her B.S. in Physics from Harvey Mudd College in 2004 and her Ph.D. in Materials from University of California, Santa Barbara in 2009. Her Ph.D. research focused on novel geometries for gallium nitride optoelectronic devices, including lasers and light-emitting diodes. Her postdoctoral work in Applied Physics at Caltech (2009-2011) focused on nano- and microstructured photovoltaic materials. She joined CSM in 2011, and her current research focus is on novel inorganic materials for photovoltaics.

Dr. Greg Wilson

Site Director
Director, National Center for Photovoltaics
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Dr. Greg Wilson directs the National Center for Photovoltaics at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Before joining NREL in 2011, Dr. Wilson directed Research & Development and Business Development at MEMC Electronic Materials (now SunEdison). He holds a doctorate in Chemical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis.

Professor C. Michael Elliott

Site Director
Department of Chemistry
Colorado State University

Dr. C. Michael Elliott is a professor of chemistry, College of Natural Sciences laureate professor, and former chair of the Chemistry Department at Colorado State University. His research interests are interdisciplinary among the areas of analytical, inorganic, and materials chemistry. He has more than 30 years of experience in electron-transfer reactions, photochemistry, and electrochemistry. Much of the focus of his research involves transition metal complexes in renewable energy applications in redox-active polymer materials, materials with novel electronic properties, redox catalysis, and sensor applications.

Professor David Jonas

Site Director
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of Colorado at Boulder

Dr. David Jonas leads a research group at the University of Colorado at Boulder that studies electronic dynamics. Fast electronic motions are important in photochemistry, photosynthesis, interfacial electron transfer, and in some proposed next-generation photovoltaics. An approach developed by Jonas' group is now widely used to measure fast electronic and vibrational motions in disordered environments such as liquids, proteins, and semiconductors. His group has used 2D femtosecond spectroscopy to probe the fastest electronic motions within molecules, the vibrations coupled to those motions, and the coupled motions of the environment. Dr. Jonas' interests include electronic dynamics at "conical intersections" between electronic potential surfaces, surface-enhanced Raman scattering on metallic nanoparticles, multiple-exciton generation in semiconductor quantum dots, and other approaches to higher efficiency solar energy conversion.

Professor Colin Wolden

Site Director
Department of Chemical Engineering
Colorado School of Mines

Dr. Colin A. Wolden is the Weaver Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. He holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota, an M.S. in Chemical Engineering Practice from MIT, and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from MIT. His research interests are in the areas of plasma processing, thin-film growth, and reactor design. His work has concentrated on bringing nanoscale control to thin-film deposition processes. Materials of interest include metal oxides and polycrystalline semiconductors with applications in photovoltaics, photocatalysis, and electrochromics. He has published more than 70 scholarly papers, two patents, and two book chapters in the areas of thin-film deposition and plasma processing.

CRSP Distinguished Colleagues

Professor P. Craig Taylor

Senior Scientific Advisor
Department of Physics
Colorado School of Mines

Dr. P. Craig Taylor is a professor in the Physics Department at the Colorado School of Mines, associate director of the Colorado Energy Research Institute, and director of the Renewable Energy Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (REMRSEC). Dr. Taylor received a B.A. degree from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, in 1964, and a Ph.D. degree from Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, in 1969.

From 1971 to 1982, he performed research at the Naval Research Laboratory on electronic and structural properties of crystalline and amorphous semiconductors. In 1982, Dr. Taylor became a professor of physics at the University of Utah. He chaired the Physics Department from 1989 to 1998 and was appointed to the rank of distinguished professor in 2001. He was also the director of the John A. Dixon Laser Institute at the University of Utah.

Dr. Taylor focuses his research on the optical, electronic, and structural properties of crystalline and amorphous semiconductors. He has written more than 400 scientific papers including several book chapters and review articles.

He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Materials Research Society, and the American Association of Physics Teachers.

Dr. Arthur J. Nozik

CRSP Senior Scientific Advisor
University of Colorado

Arthur J. Nozik is a Research Fellow Emeritus at NREL and professor adjoint in the Chemistry Department at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He received his B.Ch.E. from Cornell University in 1959 and his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Yale University in 1967. Before joining NREL in 1978, then known as the Solar Energy Research Institute, he conducted research at the Allied Chemical Corporation and American Cyanamid Corporation.

Dr. Nozik's research interests include size quantization effects in semiconductor quantum dots and quantum wells and the applications of these nanostructures to solar photon conversion; photogenerated carrier relaxation dynamics in semiconductor structures; photoelectrochemistry of semiconductor-molecule interfaces; photoelectrochemical energy conversion; photoelectrolysis of water to hydrogen; photocatalysis; optical, magnetic, and electrical properties of solids; and Mössbauer spectroscopy. He has published more than 200 papers, books, and book chapters in these fields and holds 11 U.S. patents. He has served on numerous scientific review and advisory panels and received several awards in solar energy research.

Dr. Nozik has been a senior editor of The Journal of Physical Chemistry since 1993. He is a fellow of both the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the American Chemical Society, Electrochemical Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Materials Research Society, and Society of Photo Optical Instrument Engineers.

Dr. Nozik was awarded the international Eni Award in 2008, which is touted as the Nobel Prize of energy research, for his work on quantization effects in semiconductor quantum dots, including multiple-exciton generation, which could increase the efficiency of solar photoconversion.

Kaitlyn VanSant

Senior Advisor
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Ms. Kaitlyn VanSant holds a master's degree in Physics from Portland State University and a bachelor's degree in Astronomy-Physics from Whitman College. Her graduate research focused on the design and fabrication of solar cells using ZnO nanowires, organic semiconductors, and quantum dots. She has experience with a variety of thin-film deposition techniques and characterization of electrical, optical, and structural properties of solar cells. Her current role at NREL is primarily as a technical monitor for NREL's Incubator and Pre-Incubator subcontracts and DOE's Technology Pathway Partnerships contracts. She is currently working with projects related to thin-film a-Si PV cells, thin-film epitaxially grown silicon cells, concentrating PV module development, and CIGS-based, building-integrated PV products.

Dr. Reuben T. Collins

CRSP Distinguished Colleague
Colorado School of Mines

Dr. Niels Damrauer

CRSP Distinguished Colleague
University of Colorado at Boulder

Dr. Carl A. Koval

CRSP Distinguished Colleague
University of Colorado at Boulder

Dr. Bruce A. Parkinson

CRSP Distinguished Colleague
University of Wyoming

Dr. Matthew Shores

CRSP Distinguished Colleague
Colorado State University