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U of I College of Engineering

Mailing Address:

Janssen Engineering (JEB) Room 125
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1011
Moscow, ID 83844-1011

Phone: 208-885-6470

Fax: 208-885-6645

Email: engr-sss@uidaho.edu

Web: College of Engineering

U of I Boise Engineering

Mailing Address:

Idaho Water Center 
322 E. Front Street 
Boise, ID 83702

Phone: 208-364-6123

Fax: 208-364-3160

Email: denisee@uidaho.edu

Web: Boise Engineering

U of I Idaho Falls Engineering

Physical Address:

1776 Science Center Drive, Suite 306
Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402

Phone: 208-757-5400

Fax: 208-282-7929

Email: ui-if@uidaho.edu

Web: Idaho Falls Engineering

U of I CDA Computer Science

Physical Address:
1031 N. Academic Way, Suite 242
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814

Phone: 208-292-2509

Email: cmmorrison@uidaho.edu

Web: U of I Coeur d'Alene

Engineering Outreach

Physical Address:

Engineering Physics (EP) Building, Room 312
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1014
Moscow, ID 83844-1014

Phone: 208-885-6373

Fax: 208-885-9249

Email: outreach@uidaho.edu

Web: Engineering Outreach

Mark Currier

Junior, Materials Science and Engineering
Hometown: Snohomish, WA
Faculty Mentor: Tom Bitterwolf


Mark Currier
Mark Currier

Project Updates

“Low-cost and efficient semiconductors can benefit society in many ways. Semiconductors make up solar panels, computer chips and many other electronic devices. Solar only makes up 1 percent of energy use in the U.S. Hopefully, with lower cost energy options to consumers, they will switch to solar power that gives off less pollutants.

My research will include attending a Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society conference, using a transmission electron microscope, scanning electron microscope, and nuclear magnetic resonance instruments on campus, and sending samples to a fabrication clean room off campus.”

Project Details

I have already learned how to take nuclear magnetic resonance samples and various air-free chemistry techniques through my research. I hope to gain skills with the transmission and scanning electron microscopes on campus.

My project overlaps with chemistry, since it’s a chemistry-based project that focuses on developing new molecules.

I will act like a project manager. I have a budget to manage and people to contact outside of the university. I also added an accounting minor to understand the flow of money.

I have multiple Alternative Service Break trips with the U of I Center for Volunteerism and Social Action. While I was in Ecuador, I saw the destruction of rich biodiverse forest in an effort to gather more oil, which sparked my interest in renewable energy.

This project helps bring to light the problems of expensive solar panels and the inability for the middle class to afford them.

Grand Challenge Focus Area

Make Solar Energy Economical

As a source of energy, nothing matches the sun. Only a small fraction of the sun’s power output strikes the Earth, but even that provides 10,000 times as much as all the commercial energy that humans use on the planet.

Locations

U of I College of Engineering

Mailing Address:

Janssen Engineering (JEB) Room 125
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1011
Moscow, ID 83844-1011

Phone: 208-885-6470

Fax: 208-885-6645

Email: engr-sss@uidaho.edu

Web: College of Engineering

U of I Boise Engineering

Mailing Address:

Idaho Water Center 
322 E. Front Street 
Boise, ID 83702

Phone: 208-364-6123

Fax: 208-364-3160

Email: denisee@uidaho.edu

Web: Boise Engineering

U of I Idaho Falls Engineering

Physical Address:

1776 Science Center Drive, Suite 306
Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402

Phone: 208-757-5400

Fax: 208-282-7929

Email: ui-if@uidaho.edu

Web: Idaho Falls Engineering

U of I CDA Computer Science

Physical Address:
1031 N. Academic Way, Suite 242
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814

Phone: 208-292-2509

Email: cmmorrison@uidaho.edu

Web: U of I Coeur d'Alene

Engineering Outreach

Physical Address:

Engineering Physics (EP) Building, Room 312
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1014
Moscow, ID 83844-1014

Phone: 208-885-6373

Fax: 208-885-9249

Email: outreach@uidaho.edu

Web: Engineering Outreach