The Prieto Group's research was recently highlighted in a video here at Colorado State University, featuring graduate student Everett Jackson and undergraduates Scott Green and Amanda Townsend.
The Prieto group is interested in developing new ways of synthesizing nanoscale solid state materials with useful and interesting properties in four main areas:
Synthesis of photovoltaic absorber materials
We are interested in making solar panels more affordable by starting with earth-abundant, cost effective solar absorbers. We synthesize iron and copper-based chalcogenide nanoparticles for low-temperature, solution processing of thin films.
Light metal hydrides, like MgH2, are a potential storage material for elemental hydrogen. However, their sluggish kinetics make them impractical. We synthesize magnesium nanocrystals and study how their size and the addition of dopants affect their hydrogen storage properties.
Our goal is to make a 3-dimensional lithium-ion battery with high surface area for large power density. We work to make all components of the battery by aqueous electrodeposition, starting with the anode material, copper antimonide.
Branched silicon nanowires
We have developed a method for fabricating branched silicon nanowires in one continuous step via chemical vapor deposition. Understanding the mechanism of branching and how to control it is a fundamental step towards using silicon nanowires in nanoelectronics.
About the PI
With an impressive background in synthesis, Amy continuously expands the horizons of her synthetic background that she first began developing at the Williams College, MA. After recieving her B.A. in Chemistry and Philosophy (honors in Chemistry) at Williams, she moved on to get her PhD in Inorganic Chemistry at University of California Berkley. After working a postdoctoral position at Harvard University, she eventually found home here at CSU with her family, to continue a career of excellence.Read more..