posted: Thu Apr 20 2017 10:47:52
The College of Arts and Sciences has named Associate Professor John K. Grey the college’s Regents' Lecturer for the period 2016-2019. This award recognizes UNM's most outstanding mid-career faculty, and signifies the very high regard of Grey's accomplishments within the College. Dr. Grey's resonance Raman probe methodology has opened a new door into the understanding of electron transfer and excited state processes, areas which are key to the development of photovoltaic solar cells but also to numerous electronic, photonic and biological processes.
Dr. Grey joined the CCB faculty as an assistant professor in 2007, having received his PhD from McGill University in 2004 and conducted post-doc research at the University of Texas with Prof. Paul Barbara. His work on mesoscale structure of photovoltaic cells has resulted in an NSF CAREER award and funding from PRF and the Air Force. The shape (conformation) and packing of molecules can control charge and energy flow in materials over extended (nanometer to micron) length scales. However, these structures are challenging to produce and characterize, which complicates the production of optoelectronic materials for energy capture and transmission. Dr. Grey’s research examines structure-function relationships across this size domain for organic and inorganic optoelectronic materials. This understanding will enable rational design and optimization of inexpensive and flexible devices for energy conversion and transport. He and his group have developed innovative molecular imaging methods (e.g., resonance Raman probe coupled to photocurrent imaging) to understand both top-down and bottom-up perspectives of material structure-function relationships in complex environments (i.e., optoelectronic devices). They are now expanding application of these methods to understand the structural dynamics over a range of timescales and how this may improve optoelectronic device performance.