Renewable Energy Center

Solar Energy

In Search of Flexible Solar Cells

Susant Mohapatra

Photograph by Jean Dixon

Susanta Mohapatra is a research professor at the University of Nevada, Reno. He came to the University in 2005 first to the Chemistry Department and then to the Chemical and Materials Engineering Department. Mohapatra works with biofuels as well as solar energy.

Mohapatra worked on Zeolite Catalyst for pharmaceutical applications before coming to the University. He earned his Ph.D. from Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai, India.

Photograph by Jean Dixon

He's looking for materials to create flexible solar cells using thin flexible films. The current materials are reliable but also fairly rigid reducing the placement options. A flexible solar cell would allow cells to be placed more easily on curved surfaces like a rounded building or the roof of a car. Mohapatra has a passion for finding better, low-cost materials that will make renewable energy accessible to everyone.