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CNBM Center Research

History and Sponsorship

CNBM New Energy Materials Research Center, formerly named Apollo CdTe Solar Energy Research Center, was founded at NJIT on March 16, 2010.  It is the first research and development center set up on the campus of an American university funded by a Chinese corporation.  Initially sponsored by the Apollo Solar Energy (ASOE), Inc., a US public corporation with its business units located in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China.  The original mission of Apollo Center was to create a scientific and technological base for vertically integrated CdTe solar energy industry.

The Center was reorganized and renamed as CNBM New Energy Materials Research Center in February, 2013.  CNBM (China National Building Materials) Group, a state-owned enterprise, with its subsidiary CTIEC (China Triumph International Engineering Co. Shanghai), is vigorously implementing the strategy of integration, industrialization, engineering and internationalization and rapidly developing the industries of new glass, new material, new energy and new equipment worldwide.

Mission:

With fast-paced progress of the world market of new energy industry, as well as huge advancement in the technology of materials used in renewable energy, especially in thin film solar energy, the CNBM New Energy Materials Research Center, NJIT, is charged with a mission of establishing a solid scientific and technological base to assist and sustain short term and long term progress in the design, characterization, and production of various materials used in new energy industry.  The Center is engaged in basic research projects related to new energy materials, with academic, scientific, and technological prominence, as well as current and future industrial applications.



STUDENTS:

Guogen Liu

I am doing research in the deposition of Cadmium Sulfide (CdS) thin films which are often deposited on glass substrates coated with TCO layers by the close-spaced sublimation (CSS) or sputter techniques in industrial. It is seldom reported that CdS is deposited by the chemical bath deposition (CBD) batch process.  We report how to produce different thickness large area (100cm2) CdS thin film by CBD. We study how to increase the production rate.  The influence of the solution temperature and concentration on the thickness of CdS is investigated.  The bottleneck of CBD for commercial application is its low production rate and waste water treatment.  I am also doing researching in CdS deposition by aerosol-assisted deposition method (AAD) which is a new method for which we have constructed our own equipment. The new method has higher production rate and 1000 times less waste water compared with traditional CBD.

My goal is preparing high quality CdS with fast deposition rate and low waste water.