Date of Degree

2-2016

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Program

Physics

Advisor

Robert R. Alfano

Advisor

Teresa J. Bandosz

Committee Members

Peter Sordillo

John Suarez

Jiufeng Tu

Subject Categories

Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics | Condensed Matter Physics | Inorganic Chemistry | Materials Chemistry | Oil, Gas, and Energy | Optics | Organic Chemistry

Keywords

chemical energy, resonant energy transfer, solar energy conversion

Abstract

The energy transfers and nature of defect levels of an organic/inorganic composite of Zinc Oxide and Graphite are studied with multidimensional spectroscopy. The edge and surface states of each composite are uncovered using excitation emission experiments showing which defect states are mediating the energy transfer from the metal oxide to the graphite oxide. Multidimensional time resolved spectroscopy further describes the effect of the carbon phase on the energy transfer pathways in the material.

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