New Light: Rising Stars in Energy and the Environment is a summer seminar series to spotlight associate research scholars, postdoctoral research fellows, and other early-career researchers affiliated with the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment. Weekly seminars will feature a diverse selection of researchers working on cutting-edge topics across disciplines seeking to solve society’s most pressing problems in energy and the environment.
Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, Princeton University
Molecular Design for Emerging Solar Materials
July 28 at 11 a.m.
Melissa Ball received her doctorate in chemistry from Columbia University under Professor Colin Nuckolls. Her thesis focused on structure-function relationships between molecular design of organic small molecules and organic electronics. At her time at Columbia, she co-authored over ten publications and was awarded the Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching for her efforts in the classroom. Melissa joined the Loo Group at Princeton University as a Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow in 2019. Her work in the Loo Group centers on the design of UV absorbers for transparent photovoltaic devices. These devices can be used as the power source for smart windows or for applications where color neutrality is a primary objective.