David Robert Needell
Zeller-Resnick First Year Fellow 2015
David received his BA in physics and applied mathematics with a minor in computer science from Bowdoin College and begins work toward a PhD in materials science at Caltech Fall 2015. As an undergraduate at Bowdoin, David focused his research toward novel solar cell designs including Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells (DSSC's), multi-junction photovoltaics, and biohybrid solid-state solar cells. Collaborating with the Cliffel Group from Vanderbilt University, David investigated solar cells whose photoactive agent consisted of Photosystem I – a fundamental protein to the initialization of photosynthesis. David is particularly excited to explore photovoltaic designs such as Silicon Microwire Solar Cells and Spectrum-Splitting Photovoltaic Modules.
Faculty Adviser: : Harry A. Atwater