chemistry Research Projects


High purity silicon is the main active material used in computer chips, digital cameras, and solar cells. One of the issues for the cost of solar cells is the price of high quality silicon.

There are many steps involved in making high purity silicon, some involving high temperatures. The work in the laboratory at San Juan College studies electrodeposition to make silicon at room temperature. This work could open up new possibilities to reduce cost and find new ways to manufacture new electronic devices.

Dr. Miller's research group investigates various methods, starting materials, and solvents including organic ionic liquids. Since the materials are water and air sensitive, the group must work with special equipment such as glove boxes and other zero air equipment with only nitrogen or argon atmospheres.

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