Here in the Menke group, we are trying to answer two broad questions. First, how do we prepare solar cells that are both cheap and efficient? And second, how do we store and transport the energy that is collected by the solar cells? To address these questions, we use electrodeposition to prepare a variety of nanostructures to understand how the various attributes, such as material, size, shape, and crystallinity, affect their photovoltaic, catalytic, or electrochemical properties.

This work is currently funded by start-up funds.