University of Delaware electrical engineering graduate student Abhishek Iyer and his team are all working toward a low-cost, high-efficiency solar cell that can be processed in a lab environment. From the very beginning they were looking to find a commercial viability for the research they were doing. Their goal: scale it from their research and find a place in the current market.
To get there, the team has enrolled in a number of different programs and competitions including the UD Hen Hatch pitch competition, National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps Sites, NSF I-Corps Teams, and NSF Small Business Innovation Research.
Iyer says the team “really wants to license the technology to a manufacturer or build their own company. It’s ambitious but we can do it.”