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The Art of Engineering


Image of photovoltaic cell

Research at McCormick pushes frontiers and crosses disciplines—and along the way it may produce images of significant aesthetic value. These images may suggest new questions, generate or reveal new information, convey new meaning, and generate new connections. Many—like the one shown here—can be considered pieces of art in their own right.

This image shows the electrical current within an organic photovoltaic cell at the nanometer scale. Using a specialized technique, atomic-force photovoltaic microscopy, researchers in the laboratory of Mark Hersam, professor of materials science and engineering, chemistry, and medicine, can characterize the behavior of photovoltaic cells. This understanding allows researchers to design more efficient materials for solar energy. Read more about Hersam’s research on page 16.