News & Events

2012 workshopWe are excited to offer this FREE public webinar featuring presentations and an interactive panel discussion with LMI-EFRC photovoltaic experts!

[more details] [sign up] ] 01.29.13


Upcoming Seminar: Ted Sargent, from University of Toronto, will discuss "Optoelectronic Devices Based on Colloidal Quantum Dot Solids"

Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 3:00 pm, 101 Guggenheim Lab

[abstract] 01.08.13


LMI featured in ENGenious: The current issue of ENGenious, the annual publication of the EAS Division at Caltech, features the LMI-EFRC as one of its snap shots!

[see pg. 5] 11.05.12


Thin Solar Cell Theory in the News: The Zhang group's recent paper in PRL "Near-Field Electromagnetic Theory for Thin Solar Cells" is highlighted at and as an APS synopsis. 10.18.12


New Results: Check out our recent publications and research highlights for examples of the exciting work coming out of the LMI-EFRC. 08.30.12


Redefining the Limits of Photovoltaic Efficiency: The LMI EFRC organized a successful workshop on Sunday, July 29. Invited speakers included Harry Atwater (Caltech), Ivan Celanovic (MIT), Geoffrey Kinsey (Fraunhofer CSE), Sarah Kurtz (NREL), Minh Le (DOE), Michelle Povinelli (USC), Wladek Walukiewicz (LBNL), and Roland Winston (UC Merced). [read more] 07.31.12

2012 workshop


July 29, 2012

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LMI Director Harry Atwater and LMI Collaborator Albert Polman receive the Eni Award in Renewable and Nonconventional Energy: In the Salone delle Feste del Quirinale, the prize giving ceremony for the Eni Awards 2012 took place in the presence of Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, the Chairman of Eni Giuseppe Recchi and the CEO of Eni Paolo Scaroni. [watch video] [read more] 06.27.12

Obama pv cells

New architectures for solar energy conversion: LMI research on 3D structures for photovoltaics is highlighted in blog entitled "Obama and Chu pin hopes on Team USA’s solar innovation." [read more] 06.06.12


Upcoming Workshop - Redefining the Limits of Photovoltaic Efficiency: The LMI Energy Frontier Research Center, along with the Resnick Sustainability Institute, is organizing a one-day workshop focused on new materials and processes for overcoming the Shockley-Queisser limit of solar energy conversion efficiency. Registration details coming soon!
[download flyer] 05.23.12


ENI Award: Harry A. Atwater, Jr., Howard Hughes Professor and Professor of Applied Physics and Materials Science, has been awarded the ENI Award in Renewable and Nonconventional Energy. [Read more] 05.17.12


Luminescent LED-type solar cell design breaks efficiency records: Professor Eli Yablonovitch's breakthrough result that enabled Alta Device's record solar cell efficiency is highlighted at,, and [Read more] 05.02.12


Team Meeting April 9, 2012: The LMI-EFRC Group gathered in San Francisco for a team meeting that included presentations by students, LMI PI/Caltech Professor Oskar Painter, and an invited talk by Professor Yi Cui of Stanford University and the Bay Area Photovoltaic Consortium. [Read more] 04.18.12

imageFuture Directions of the LMI-EFRC Proposal Contest: Congratulations to winners Dennis Callahan (Caltech, Atwater Group), and Matt Lucas (LBL, Alivisatos Group) and Derek Le (UIUC, Nuzzo Group). [Read more] 04.18.12

Alta Devices: Finding a Solar Solution
Looking to enter a highly competitive solar market, Alta Devices hopes to use a combination of technological advances and manufacturing savvy to succeed where many others have crashed and burned. [Technology Review] 02.25.12

Photonic Design Principles for Ultrahigh-efficiency Photovoltaics
A commentary on ultrahigh efficiency solar cells by Harry Atwater and Albert Polman has just been published in Nature Materials [Nature Article] 02.21.12

Building Renovation
Jorgensen is taking shape! We are looking forward to the May 2012 completion of the Jorgensen renovation. [Read More] 02.20.12