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Afanasy Utkin
Afanasy Utkin

Solar Energy: The Physics And Engineering Of Ph...


Jason joined NREL in 2000 and leads the wind turbine and wind farm physics-based engineering model development activities. He leads the development of the OpenFAST and FAST.Farm physics-based engineering tools for designing and analyzing land-based and offshore fixed and floating wind turbines and wind farms. He also guides projects aimed at verifying, validating, and applying engineering tools to wind turbine design and analysis. Jason supports multiple IEA Wind research Tasks on developing, verifying, and validating engineering models for rotors, offshore wind turbines, and wind farms. He also is a U.S. representative on the International Electrotechnical Commission working group to develop an international technical specification for the design of floating offshore wind turbines.

Graduates often pursue advanced degrees in areas such as condensed matter physics, plasma physics, optical physics, high energy physics and biophysics, as well as engineering and computer-related areas.

He has numbers of publications in leading scholastic high impact journals, including Advanced Energy Materials, Nano Letters, Nano Energy, Advanced Electronic Materials, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, and others. At EIU, he leads multiple research projects in renewable energy and nanoscale physics and technology such as: development high-efficiency solar energy devices; development of novel photonic and electronic materials; development of novel nanoscale measurement systems using an atomic force microscope (AFM) and an optical microscope, etc.

Dr. Toor obtained her Ph.D. and M.A. in electrical engineering from Princeton University where she developed spectrally high performing (4-wavelength; time and wavelength multiplexed; single mode) InGaAs/InAlAs/InP based mid-infrared wavelength quantum cascade lasers (QCLs). While at Princeton, she also minored in physics and Science Technology and Environmental Policy (STEP) from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She received her B.S. degree with a double major in engineering sciences and physics from Smith College. Dr. Toor is a member of American Physical Society (APS), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Optica (formerly OSA), SPIE the international society for optics and photonics, and American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS). Dr. Toor has published in many peer-reviewed scientific journals, presented at various scientific conferences and received several awards for academic excellence.

Novel energy system concepts that help to mitigate the effects of climate change, including solar energy, energy storage, and transportation. Concepts currently under development include thermal energy grid storage using multi-junction photovoltaics (TEGS-MPV), high temperature concentrated solar power (CSP) using liquid metals or molten salts, ceramic/refractory based fluid handling infrastructures, high temperature thermochemical energy conversion and reactor design, methane pyrolysis for hydrogen production, solar fuels, direct contact heat exchangers; Atomistic level modeling to study the fundamental physics of phonon transport in ordered materials, disordered materials, molecules and at interfaces; Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, supercell lattice dynamics calculations, first principles calculations, density functional theory (DFT), interatomic potentials optimized for describing phonons directly from first principles, Taylor expansion based potentials and neural network potentials.

This program prepares students to use physics to meet the needs of society. Employers value our graduates because they are ready to work with lasers, electron microscopes, nuclear systems, radiation safety, energy efficiency, solar panels, robotics, computation, and airport security systems. In addition, our Applied Physics majors have been accepted to graduate studies in physics, medical physics, and most fields of engineering.

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