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Energy Research Facility


Facility Director

mchabinyc [at] engineering [dot] ucsb [dot] edu (Professor Michael Chabinyc)

The MRL Materials Analysis for Conversion of Energy and Storage Laboratory provides instrumentation for measurement of properties of materials that are useful for energy storage and conversion. The multiuser facility includes all equipment necessary to fabricate solar cells and batteries from solution processable organic and inorganic materials.


Battery Testing and Fabrication

Equipment for fabrication and testing of electrochemical cells is located in the MRL. All users must finish MRL standard safety training prior to accessing the facility.

     Contact: rachel [at] mrl [dot] ucsb [dot] edu (Dr. Rachel Behrens)

Solar Cell Fabrication and Testing

The equipment for solar cell testing is located in Elings Hall in the CNSI Nanostructures Clean Room. Users must receive basic clean room training in addition to standard chemical safety training and an understanding of lab specific chemical hygiene plan to use the equipment (contact bhanson [at] cnsi [dot] ucsb [dot] edu (Bob Hanson) CNSI ). Access to the facilities requires a UCSB building access card.

Facility Policies

Any materials entering glove boxes must be logged by the user. Due to the sensitive nature of electronically active materials to impurities and for personal safety of users related to the chemical compatibility of reactive materials, all new materials and processes must be approved prior to usage by the facilities managers. Common materials currently used in the facility include semiconducting polymers and small molecules, ionically conducting polymers, solution processed oxides and metallic forms of main group elements. All reasonable efforts will be made to allow the safe use of the widest range of materials possible. Users violating these rules will have their access privileges revoked.