NORMAN, OKLA. – Bayram Saparov, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Oklahoma College of Arts and Sciences, was selected for a 2020 Early Career Research Award from the Department of Energy’s Office of Science.
“The College of Arts and Sciences is thrilled to learn of Dr. Bayram Saparov’s receipt of a highly prestigious, five-year DOE Early Career Research Award to support his research, which has major implications for the advancement of renewable energy,” said David Wrobel, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “Dr. Saparov’s work encapsulates the research mission of the college to discover new knowledge that makes our human communities and our natural environment stronger and more sustainable.”
Saparov’s project explores metal halide materials that could lead to more efficient and lower-cost solar panels and energy-saving light emitting-diodes (LEDs) technology.
“Perhaps the most exciting breakthrough in materials chemistry in the past decade has been the discovery of the outstanding optical and electronic properties of metal halides,” Saparov said. “Control of the preparation routes of various metal halides will allow us to custom design materials with properties tailored for specific applications with the goal of ensuring America's security and prosperity by addressing its energy and environmental challenges, which is the mission of the U.S. Department of Energy.”