Alexander J. Smith
Materials Science and Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Professor Jiaxing Huang
Alexander J. Smith received a B.S. in Physics from U.C. Davis and an M.A. in Astronomy and Astrophysics from Columbia University. His research work is currently focused on designing nano-scale patterns for improving the way materials respond to light. During his research, he used the nano-scale patterns found in all Blu-ray movie discs to improve the absorption and therefore efficiency of solar cells.
Awards & Fellowships
- McCormick Terminal Year Fellowship
- Smith, A. J., Wang, C., Guo, D. N., Sun, C. & Huang, J. X. “Repurposing Blu-ray movie discs as quasi-random nanoimprinting templates for photon management.” Nat Commun, 2014
- Smith, A.J.; Chang, Y-H; Raidongia, K.; Chen, T-Y; Luo, J.; Li, L-J; Huang, J.; “Molybdenum Sulfide Supported on Crumpled Graphene Balls for Electrocatalytic Hydrogen Production” Advanced Energy Materials, 2014
- Kim, J.; Byun, S.; Smith, A.J.; Yu, J.; Huang, J.; "Enhanced Electrocatalytic Properties of Transition-Metal Dichalcogenides Sheets by Spontaneous Gold Nanoparticle Decoration" Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 2013, 1227-1232
- Tung, V.C.; Huang, J-H; Kim, J.; Smith, A.J.; Chu, C-W; Huang, J.; “Towards Solution Processed All-Carbon Solar Cells: A Perspective”, Energy & Environmental Science, 2012, 7810-7818
- De Marco, O.; Hillwig, T.; Smith, A.J. “Binary Central Stars of Planetary Nebulae Discovered Because of Photometric Variability. I. What We Know and What We Would Like to Find Out” Astronomical Journal, 2008, 323
- Jiaxing Huang; Cheng Sun; Chen Wang; Alexander James Smith.Optical discs as low-cost, quasi-random nanoimprinting templates for photon management. U.S. Provisional Patent. Filed August 28, 2015.