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Bryon Larson

Researcher III-Chemistry

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Dr. Larson received his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from Colorado State University under the supervision of Professors Steven H. Strauss and Garry Rumbles (NREL). His research focused on the synthesis, purification, and characterization of libraries of fullerene derivatives for fundamental and applied organic photovoltaics (PV) investigations. As a postdoctoral researcher with Nikos Kopidakis at NREL, he studied how certain molecular properties in PV-relevant compounds and polymers are expressed as bulk properties in a working device, by combining his training in chemistry, spectroscopy, and device physics.

At NREL, he studies charge-carrier transport, generation, and decay dynamics in thin-film flexible (PV) materials, including organic semiconductors, perovskites, and novel inorganic absorbers. In addition to spectroscopic characterization, his research includes solution-phase processing, device physics, chemical analysis, and material design to qualify and predict next-gen champion PV materials. His work is supported through the SuNLaMP initiative under DOE’s Solar Energy Technology Office, as well as through industry partnerships.

Research Interests

Synthesis, isolation, and characterization of perfluoroalkylfullerenes

Organic PV molecule-to-material property relationships

Charge generation and transport in disordered nanoscale systems

Gigahertz probe spectroscopy

Free carrier dynamics in bulk-heterojunction PV


Ph.D. Inorganic Chemistry, Colorado State University

B.S. Chemistry, Centenary College of Louisiana

B.A. French Literature, Centenary College of Louisiana

Featured Work

LE Garner, A Bera, BW Larson, DP Ostrowski, AJ Pal, WA Braunecker. “Promoting Morphology with a Favorable Density-of-States Using Diiodooctane to Improve Organic Photovoltaic Device Efficiency and Charge Carrier Lifetimes,” ACS Energy Letters, 2, 1156-1563, 2017.

EA Dolgopolova, AJ Brandt, OA Ejegbavwo, AS Duke, TD Maddumapatabandi, RP Galhenage, BW Larson, OG Reid, SC Ammal, A Heyden, M Chandrashekhar, V Stavila, DA Chen, NB Shustova. “Electronic Properties of Bimetallic Metal–Organic Frameworks (MOFs): Tailoring the Density of Electronic States through MOF Modularity,” J. Am. Chem. Soc., 139, 5201-5209, 2017.

BW Larson, OG Reid, DC Coffey, SM Avdoshenko, AA Popov, OV Boltalina, SH Strauss, N Kopidakis, G Rumbles. “Inter‐Fullerene Electronic Coupling Controls the Efficiency of Photoinduced Charge Generation in Organic Bulk Heterojunctions,” Advanced Energy Materials, 6, 1601427, 2016.

R Ihly, KS Mistry, AJ Ferguson, TT Clikeman, BW Larson, OG Reid, OV Boltalina, SH Strauss, G Rumbles, JL Blackburn. “Tuning the driving force for exciton dissociation in single-walled carbon nanotube heterojunctions,” Nature Chemistry, 8, 603-609, 2016.

LK San, EV Bukovsky, BW Larson, JB Whitaker, SHM Deng, N Kopidakis, G Rumbles, AA Popov, Y-S Chen, X-B Wang, OV Boltalina, SH Strauss. “A faux hawk fullerene with PCBM-like properties,” Chemical Science, 6, 1801-1815, 2015.

BW Larson, JB Whitaker, AA Popov, N Kopidakis, G Rumbles, OV Boltalina, SH Strauss. “Thermal [6, 6]→[6, 6] isomerization and decomposition of PCBM (phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester),” Chemistry of Materials, 26, 2361-2367, 2014.

BW Larson, JB Whitaker, X-B Wang, AA Popov, G Rumbles, N Kopidakis, SH Strauss, OV Boltalina. “Electron affinity of phenyl–C61–butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM),” J. Phys. Chem. C., 117, 14958-14964, 2013.

DC Coffey, BW Larson, AW Hains, JB Whitaker, N Kopidakis, OV Boltalina, SH Strauss, G Rumbles. “An optimal driving force for converting excitons into free carriers in excitonic solar cells,” J. Phys. Chem. C., 116, 8916-8923, 2012.

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