Andreas C. Albrecht Professor, Chemistry
John Wright‘s research program focuses on the development of new methods of characterizing coherent electron transport in solar collection materials using nonlinear laser spectroscopy. Coherent electron transport is usually found in superconductors where it allows electrons to flow without any resistance. It results from quantum mechanical effects that become important at very short distances. Nanomaterials form a very promising class of solar materials where coherent electron transport is likely. The new spectroscopic methods that Wright’s program is developing will allow direct measurement of coherent electron transport and guide synthetic efforts to develop nanomaterials that optimize the transport.