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The Printz Research Group at the University of Arizona

We are interested in understanding the molecular phenomena that underpin stability and performance in next-generation, printable electronic materials for applications in renewable energy such as solar photovoltaics and solar fuels. We use the complementary approaches of benchtop experiments with simulations to provide deeper understanding of material behavior spanning length scales from molecules-to-devices. We aim to develop inherently scalable processes to enable the swift commercialization of these next-generation technologies.

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Latest News

September 1, 2023

We have multiple additional undergraduate students joining our group: Julian Duff (senior, Chemical Engineering), Ahmed Mustakim (senior, Chemical Engineering), Tucker Blanksma (junior, Chemical Engineering), and Ojas Sanghi (sophomore, Computer Science). Welcome all!

August 18, 2023

Warri Nagberi, a junior undergraduate student majoring in Mechanical Engineering joins the group. Welcome, Warri!

August 4, 2023

Adam was awarded funding by the Department of Energy Early Career Research Program. This $875,000 award over 5 years will support the group's efforts to understand the fundamentals of printing processes for printable electronics.

May 17, 2023

Anton was awarded the Hitachi Electron Microscopy Scholarship. Congrats, Anton!

May 10, 2023

Congrats to co-first authors Yanan and Patrick on their work published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces on the influence of halides in amino/ammonium acid additives for metal halide perovskites!!

Apr 5, 2023

Congrats to Anton Samoylov for being named a Carson Scholar for 2023-24! 

Apr 1, 2023

Congrats to Nick Swenson for accepting a summer internship at Twelve, where he will be working as a Polymer Chemistry Intern! 

Apr 1, 2023

Adam has been awarded an NSF CAREER! The group is excited to conduct research on modulating material behavior through the engineering of stresses. We are also excited to develop new outreach programs designed to encourage students from a wide range of backgrounds to pursue careers in STEM! 

Mar 20, 2023

Congrats to Alex Allred for being invited to participate in an REU in North Carolina this summer! 

Mar 17,  2023

Congrats to Madeline Dailey for winning the Graduate College Fellowship!! 

Mar 12, 2023

Congrats to Patrick Lohr for winning the ARCS Graduate Fellowship!! 

Dec 1, 2022

Our collaborative paper with the Lipomi group on increasing the strength and survivability of semiconducting polymers through crosslinking is published in Advanced Materials Interfaces. Congrats to co-author, Anton!

Nov 28, 2022

Yanan, Patrick, Anton, and Adam present at the Fall 2022 Materials Research Society Conference!

Aug 31, 2022

We are proud to announce that we are part of a new $11 Million Energy Frontier Research Center on Soft PhotoElectroChemical Systems (SPECS) sponsored by the Department of Energy Office of Science. SPECS is a collaboration between the University of Arizona, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Georgia Tech, University of Colorado, University of Kentucky, Emory University, Purdue University, and Stanford University.

Aug 22, 2022

We would like to welcome a lot of new students to the team this year. Two new graduate students: Saddam Ali (Mat. Sci.), who is a PhD student and Fulbright Fellow; and Madeline Dailey (Mat. Sci.), who is an MS student. We also have three new undergraduate students: Alex Allred (Chem. Eng.), Eric Fingalson (Mat. Sci.), and Michelle Ruhl (Mech. Eng.). Welcome to the team!

Jun 15, 2022

Adam presented the group's research efforts on scalable approaches to improving perovskite stability at the Gordon Research Conference on Unconventional Semiconductors and Their Applications in Ventura, CA.

Jun 7, 2022

Antonio Murrieta, a senior in Chemical Engineering is joining the group to work on polymeric nanofiber reinforcement of thin-film solar cells. Welcome Antonio!

May 14, 2022

Congrats to Allison Segapeli for graduating today! Allison was also honored with the Dr. William Scott Bousman Memorial Award for outstanding achievement in the Unit Operations laboratory. Allison will be pursuing her PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Texas, Austin next year. Congrats Allison!!

May 9, 2022

Adam presented the group's research efforts in scalable printing of perovskites at the Materials Research Society Spring 2022 Meeting in Honolulu.

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