Noémie-Manuelle Dorval Courchesne

Chemical Engineering Grad Student
B.A.Sc. Chemical Engineering & B.Sc. Biochemistry (Biotechnology), University of Ottawa (2010)
Hometown:  Gatineau, QC, Canada

Assembly of Biologically-Derived Nanostructures for Photovoltaic Applications

This project consists in creating new highly ordered materials that can be incorporated into photovoltaic devices to improve their efficiency.  Using genetically engineered M13 bacteriophages, as well as covalent chemistry and layer-by-layer assembly techniques, thin films with organized and well-defined architectures can be synthesized.  By combining biologically-derived, polymeric and synthetic macromolecules, it is aimed to control the morphology, thickness and properties of the films.  These hybrid materials can then serve as templates for the growth of titania nanowires, allowing for an improved electron transport in solar cells.