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Brownson Named to Octillion Advisory Board (posted 6/30/08)

According to the company, Brownson will enhance its development of a spectrally selective, nanosilicon-enabled inorganic photovoltaic for use in windows and skylights.

Octillion Corp. recently announced the appointment of nanostructured photovoltaic and sustainable materials expert Jeffrey R. S. Brownson, Ph.D., of the Penn State University to the company’s advisory board. Enhancing the company’s ongoing development of a spectrally selective, nanosilicon-enabled inorganic photovoltaic for use in glass windows and skylights, Brownson brings relevant industry experience with the Cardinal Coated Glass Co.; proficiency in the synthesis, characterization and deposition of photovoltaic and photocatalytic nanomaterials; and access to equipment and resources through the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network, the Materials Research Institute, and the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment.

“Dr. Brownson brings an unusually complementary set of values, skills and experiences to the Octillion team,” said Nicholas S. Cucinelli, president and chief executive officer of Octillion. “His views on sustainability and ‘environmental premeditation’ in materials synthesis are entirely consistent with our efforts to use one of the most abundant materials in the Earth’s crust-silicon-to produce a truly transparent photovoltaic window with a high net-energy ratio, excellent optical properties and sound economics.”

Brownson’s published research and leadership efforts include the science blog Nanomech in Photovoltaics, which is dedicated to the “interdisciplinary exploration of third-generation photovoltaics, environmental technology and scientific philosophy.” He is the faculty director for the 2009 Penn State Solar Decathlon team, Natural Fusion, and the author of several papers.

“It has been a great pleasure to get to know Mr. Cucinelli and learn about Octillion’s substantial efforts toward creating a transparent nanostructured solar device,” said Brownson. “I’m honored to join the exceptional team Mr. Cucinelli is assembling of critical thinkers with diversified backgrounds who can add context to the significant energy challenges at hand. Octillion resonates with me and the bright young minds I work with for pursuing basic materials research within a context of building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) design. The PV window concept is exciting from an energy and architectural standpoint, and there is ample work to be done in developing a figure of merit that accurately quantifies the value of the viewscape, daylighting, energy production, and solar heat gain control attributes of such a product. Furthermore, Mr. Cucinelli’s vision for a truly novel, sustainability-oriented business model is exactly suited to the mindset of the current generation of researchers and students.”

Brownson holds a doctorate in environmental chemistry and technology and a master’s of science degree in geology, both from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he specialized in the synthesis and characterization of metal oxide nanoparticles for high-surface-area applications, ultrasonic spray delivery for thin-film deposition, and surface characterization using high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). He also holds bachelor’s of science degree in geology from the University of North Dakota.

For more information, visit www.octillioncorp.com, www.nnin.org, www.gonano.psu.edu, www.environment.psu.edu or http://nanoparis.blogspot.com.

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