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Viewing: ECE 589 / ECE 489 / MSE 489 / MSE 589 / PY 489 / PY 589 : Solid State Solar and Thermal Energy Harvesting

Last approved: Thu, 08 Mar 2018 09:03:12 GMT

Last edit: Thu, 11 Jan 2018 20:02:15 GMT

Change Type
Major
ECE (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
589
032548
Dual-Level Course
Yes
489
Cross-listed Course
Yes
Course Prefix:
MSE
PY
Solid State Solar and Thermal Energy Harvesting
Solar & Therm Energ Harvesting
College of Engineering
Electrical & Computer Engineering (14ECE)
Term Offering
Fall Only
Offered Every Year
Spring 2018
Previously taught as Special Topics?
Yes
2
 
Course Prefix/NumberSemester/Term OfferedEnrollment
ECE492/5922016 Fall Term 24
ECE492/5922015 Spring Term 11
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Graded/Audit
3
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture3
Course Attribute(s)


If your course includes any of the following competencies, check all that apply.
University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
Daryoosh Vashaee
Associate Professor
full

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Lecture3417YesN/A
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
P: ECE 302 or E 304 or MSE 355 or PY 407

Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
Yes
SIS Program CodeProgram TitleRequired or Elective?
14EEBSElectrical EngineeringElective
14CPEBSComputer EngineeringElective
14MSEBSMaterials Science and EngineeringElective
17PHYSBAPhysics BAElective
17PHYSBSPhysics BSElective
This course studies the fundamental and recent advances of energy harvesting from two of the most abundant sources, namely solar and thermal energies. The first part of the course focuses on photovoltaic science and technology. The characteristics and design of common types of solar cells is discussed, and the known approaches to increasing solar cell efficiency will be introduced. After the review of the physics of solar cells, we will discuss advanced topics and recent progresses in solar cell technology. The second part of the course is focused on thermoelectric effect. The basic physical properties, Seebeck coefficient, electrical and thermal conductivities, are discussed and analyzed through the Boltzmann transport formalism. Advanced subject such as carrier scattering time approximations in relation to dimensionality and the density of states are studied. Different approaches for further increasing efficiencies are discussed including energy filtering, quantum confinement, size effects, band structure engineering, and phonon confinement.

Recent developments in the areas of solar cells and thermoelectrics necessitates preparing the students with the fundamentals and advanced topics of solid-state energy conversion. In fact, research and advances in renewable energy has never been stronger than today. The proposed course develops the expertise students need in both areas and prepares them for graduate research or to work in solar cell manufacturing or thermoelectric industry. Therefore, the course plays a central role for students’ education interested in these areas.


No

Is this a GEP Course?
No
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Requisites and Scheduling
 
a. If seats are restricted, describe the restrictions being applied.
 

 
b. Is this restriction listed in the course catalog description for the course?
 

 
List all course pre-requisites, co-requisites, and restrictive statements (ex: Jr standing; Chemistry majors only). If none, state none.
 

 
List any discipline specific background or skills that a student is expected to have prior to taking this course. If none, state none. (ex: ability to analyze historical text; prepare a lesson plan)
 

Additional Information
Complete the following 3 questions or attach a syllabus that includes this information. If a 400-level or dual level course, a syllabus is required.
 
Title and author of any required text or publications.
 

 
Major topics to be covered and required readings including laboratory and studio topics.
 

 
List any required field trips, out of class activities, and/or guest speakers.
 

No new faculty resources will be required to provide the course: it has previously been taught as Special Topics and is part of an existing faculty member’s regular course load. No additional teaching or laboratory resources is required by this action apart from a classroom for instruction.

The course offers the expertise students need in both areas of photovoltaic and thermoelectrics and prepares them for graduate research or to work in solar cell manufacturing or thermoelectric industry. The goal is to prepare the students with the fundamentals and advanced topics of solid-state energy conversion. In the first part of the course, the science and engineering of various types of solar cells are introduced. The students will learn how the efficiency of solar cells are improved from fundamental points of view. Concepts such as tandem, multi-barrier, intermediate band, quantum dot intermediate band, hot carriers, Plasmonics and the effect of temperature will be discussed. In the second part, concepts in thermoelectrics, such as coefficient of performance, multi-stage devices, Seebeck coefficient, effect of temperature and density of states, Thomson effect, specific heat, Dulong-petit limit, Debye and Einstein models, phonon scattering mechanisms, and thermal conductivity are conveyed through physical equations and pictorial descriptions.


Student Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, undergraduate and graduate students will be able to:

▪ Explain the operation of various solar cells including multijunction, multiple excitation generation,

multibarrier, quantum dot, hot carrier, intermediate band, plasmonic, heterogenous, dye sensitized, and

perovskite solar cells.

▪ Outline the parameters affecting the behavior of various solar cells and thermoelectrics

▪ Interpret the experimental data of various solar cells and thermoelectrics

▪ Distinguish the underlying physics of electron and phonon transport in semiconductors

▪ Identify the promising density of states, lattice structure, and phonon dispersion for efficient solar cell and

thermoelectric energy conversion

▪ Explain the microscopic origin of Peltier effect, Seebeck voltage, and Thomson effect

▪ Evaluate the effectiveness of strategies for making good thermoelectric materials


In addition, the graduate students (ECE/MSE/PY 589) after completion of the course project will be able to:

▪ Calculate quasi Fermi levels, dark current, current-voltage characteristics, and efficiency of solar cells

versus wavelength, temperature, and geometrical factors.

▪ Formulate the temperature and doping concentration dependent photovoltaic efficiency

▪ Critically review the advanced topics in photovoltaic and thermoelectrics published in scientific journals


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Quizzes30In-class or take home quizzes are given every week. All in-class quizzes are closed book and notes, and no formula sheet is allowed. Calculators are permitted - no laptop, ipad.
Midterm15 (ECE/MSE/PY 589)
30 (ECE/MSE/PY 489)
Mid-term exam covers semiconductor fundamentals and solar cells. The exam is closed book and notes, and no formula sheet is allowed. Calculators are permitted - no laptop, ipad.
Project15 (ECE/MSE/PY 589)The course has a project, which will be given in parts as we make progress in the course. Course project is not required for ECE/MSE/PY 489. However, undergraduate students who do the project will receive up to 15% bonus credit.
Final Exam40Final exam covers thermoelectrics section only. The exam is closed book and notes, and no formula sheet is allowed. Calculators are permitted - no laptop, ipad.
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
See syllabus
This is a dual level course for ECE, MSE, and PY i.e. ECE 589, ECE 489, MSE 589, MSE 489, PY 489, PY 589. The webpage doesn't allow adding MSE 489 and PY489, but it is included in the course syllabus and need to be added to the proposal. RESOLVED.

mlnosbis 10/16/2017:
1) Effective date must be Spring 2018 or later; too late for Fall 2017
2) CIM form should include course goals
3) Suggest listing the required textbook first in the list of texts, rather than between two optional texts.
4) For topical outline on syllabus, indicate the topics per week. Insert week numbers between the list of lectures so students can see 15 weeks of content. Week 16 is final exam.
5) No additional consultation required since this course routed fully through Engineering and Sciences.

pjharrie - 11/16/17 - what if a grad student didn't attend NCSU - how would the prereqs be determined? In the lecture schedule, there is no indication of what needs to be read for each section; those details should be added so that it's clear to students what is necessary. There could also be more explanation of what the project actually entails.

ABGS Reviewer Comments:
- Course is well organized and there is a clear distinction between grad and undergrad.
- I agree with Peter's comment regarding more information on the project. In particular, I am not what "given in parts as we make progress in the course" means and I suspect students will also wonder.
dgyu (Mon, 05 Dec 2016 18:55:27 GMT): Rollback: Further edits needs to be made
dgyu (Tue, 31 Jan 2017 14:02:45 GMT): Rollback: Grammar changes requested - will followup with an email. Further proofreading needed.
dgyu (Tue, 31 Jan 2017 18:19:21 GMT): Rollback: update syllabus
mjescuti (Mon, 13 Mar 2017 14:33:19 GMT): minor corrections; and assisted instructor to enhance learning outcome's distinction between 489/589
allloyd (Thu, 03 Aug 2017 18:13:20 GMT): minor edit to syllabus (student health address)
mjescuti (Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:20:35 GMT): added curricula codes to "is this an elective or required course" question
aeherget (Fri, 13 Oct 2017 15:14:21 GMT): AECHH: Uploading updated syllabus per UCCC Friendly Suggestions (10/11/2017 meeting) at instructor's request via email 10/13/2017.
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