By Scott Lyon, Office of Engineering Communications
Researcher Quinn Burlingame has won a 2019 Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship in Chemical Sciences, one of 15 such awards given to scientists and engineers researching fundamental chemistry as it relates to physics, engineering and materials science.
Burlingame is developing see-through solar cells that can turn everyday windows into power sources. The technology creates electricity from ultraviolet sunlight using organic materials that are cheap, flexible and made using environmentally friendly methods. Energy generated by the cells could be used to power dimmable windows that make buildings more efficient without great expense.
Burlingame works in the Organic and Polymer Electronics Laboratory, led by Yueh-Lin (Lynn) Loo, the Theodora D. ’78 and William H. Walton III ’74 Professor in Engineering and director of the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment. He joined the Loo group early in 2019, bringing expertise in the stability of these desirable materials and devices to complement the lab’s focus on design and production.
The Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship is awarded annually by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation and supports up to three years of research.
Burlingame is appointed as a postdoctoral researcher at the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment. His work will build on and advance research at the intersection of electricity production and the built environment.