Dr. Pernik leverages his chemical engineering background in the field of materials science, where his experience spans the areas of material design, thin film surface chemistry, and the electronic behavior of nanomaterials. His interest lies in analyzing device failure modes and performing root cause analysis, especially in optically and/or electronically relevant materials.
Dr. Pernik completed his Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin where he designed, fabricated, and characterized next generation solar cells that utilize semiconductor nanocrystals as a light-harvesting material. Dr. Pernik is proficient in a range of materials characterization techniques including Raman spectroscopy, electron microscopy, and optoelectronic characterization.
CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS
- Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Texas, Austin, 2016
- B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Notre Dame, 2012
Pernik DR, Gutierrez M, Thomas C, Voggu VR, Yu Y, Van Embden J, Topping AJ, Jasieniak J, Vanden Bout D, Lewandowski R, Korgel BA. Plastic Microgroove Solar Cells Using CuInSe2 Nanocrystals. ACS Energy Letters. 2016.
Pernik DR, Tvrdy K, Radich JG, Kamat PV. Tracking the Adsorption and Electron Injection Rates of CdSe Quantum Dots on TiO2: Linked versus Direct Attachment. J. Phys. Chem. C. 2011.
Dottermusch S, Quintilla A, Gomard G, Roslizar A, Voggu VR, Simonsen BA, Park JS, Pernik DR, Korgel BA, Paetzold UW, Richards BS. Infiltrated Photonic Crystals for Light-Trapping in CuInSe2 Nanocrystal-Based Solar Cells. Optics Express. 2017.
Dottermusch S, Quintilla A, Gomard G, Pernik DR, Voggu VR, Korgel BA, Paetzold UW, Richards BS. Direct Laser Written Nanophotonics for Embedded CIS Nanocrystal Solar Cells. Light, Energy and the Environment. 2016.
Stolle CJ, Harvey TB, Pernik DR, Hibbert JI, Du J, Rhee DJ, Akhavan VA, Schaller RD, Korgel BA. Multiexciton Solar Cells of CuInSe2 Nanocrystals. J. Phys Chem Lett. 2014.
Harvey TB, Mori I, Stolle CJ, Bogart TD, Ostrowski D, Glaz MS, Du J, Pernik DR, Akhavan VA, Kesrouani H, Vanden Bout DA, Korgel BA. Copper Indium Gallium Selenide (CIGS) Photovoltaic Devices Made Using Multistep Selenization of Nanocrystal Films. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces. 2013.
Fu D, Lu FK, Zhang X, Freudiger C, Pernik DR, Holtom G, Xie XS. Quantitative Chemical Imaging with Multiplex Stimulated Raman Scattering Microscopy. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012.
Engel P, Bonhage B, Pernik DR, Rinaldi R, Schmidt P, Wulfhorst H, Spiess AC. Population Balance Modelling of Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Cellulose Hydrolysis. 21st European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering, 2011.
Pernik DR “CuInSe2 Nanocrystal Characterization: Valance Band Tunability and Raman Spectroscopy.” The International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory Nanostructures for Solar Cells Workshop Braga, Portugal, 2014.
Pernik DR “Photoelectron Spectroscopy in Air and Raman Spectroscopy for Nanocrystal Photovoltaics.” The University of Minho, Braga, Portugal, 2014.
Pernik DR “Multiexciton Generation and Raman Spectroscopy of CuIn1-xGaxSe2 Nanocrystals for High Performance, Low Cost Photovoltaics.” Melbourne University, Melbourne, Australia, 2014.