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SC-RISE Managing Director


SC-RISE Managing Director Brings Nanotechnology Background to Solar Effort

Alfredo A. Martinez-Morales has been named managing director of Southern California Research Initiative for Solar Energy by Faculty Director Matt Barth. He will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the initiative and moving forward its multiple goals.

Dr Martinez-MoralesSC-RISE, based at the College of Engineering-Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT), is leading this new initiative to advance solar energy technologies, train professionals for the industry, nurture new businesses, and assist commercial and residential energy users in identifying appropriate applications for solar energy.

Martinez-Morales (right) received his Ph.D., MS and BS degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Riverside. There he served as laboratory manager for Professor Mihrimah Ozkan in her Biomedical Science and Nanotechnology Laboratory. Major interests of Ozkan's lab include silicon photovoltaics and low cost, hybrid polymer-carbon nanotube solar collectors that can be deposited on flexible or hard surfaces.

Martinez-Morales has produced nearly a dozen research articles on nanotubes, nanowire arrays, quantum dots and other nanotechnology findings. He has received several research honors and fellowships including the UC Dissertation Year Fellowship.

“To fulfill its mission of being a catalyst for the adoption of affordable solar energy, SC-RISE must be about education, applied technology, research and especially connections with those in Southern California who are concerned with sustainable energy,” said Barth, who also directs CE-CERT. “Alfredo brings us the expertise to move that diverse agenda forward.”

A meeting of higher education institutions is being organized for February to examine the existing educational resources planned for solar technologies and to study possible avenues for collaboration.


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