Texas A&M chemist Matthew Sheldon (left) and his research group focus on nanomaterials and related opportunities at the intersection of materials science, chemistry and nanophotonics.

Texas A&M Chemist Matthew Sheldon Receives Early Career Award in Nanophotonics

Feb 28, 2022
“Fundamentally, a solar cell can be thought of as an engine that converts sunlight into electricity. This process has many similarities to more familiar engines, like the steam engine in a locomotive, that convert high temperatures into other useful forms of work. Our research is learning how nanoscale optical devices, sometimes termed ‘nanophotonics,’ can optimize light-powered engines. The light energy, or photons, in a nanophotonic engine play a role analogous to steam in a steam engine, and deeper understanding allows us to improve the performance of solar cells or to achieve other more exotic behavior like optically driven refrigeration.”
Dr. Matthew Sheldon, Texas A&M chemist