Michele Lemos de Souza
The main study proposed in my PhD project is the surface plasmon resonance effect in solar energy conversion devices, especially in Dye Sensitized Solar Cells (DSSC) using different sort of dyes, metal nanoparticles and semiconductor-metal core-shell nanoparticle. The study developed in Victoria as a fellowship student is around the surface plasmon effect in silicon solar cells using copper nanoparticles and the study of DSSC devices, comparing the plasmon resonance effect in those systems trying to integrate light harvesting through surface plasmon resonance in solar energy conversion devices. Due the our experience in SERS measurements, we are also developing in UVic a SERS patterned substrate to detect small concentrations that can be used as bioanalytical sensor and providing SERS reproducibility.
Michele returned to Brazil in 2011 to finish her Ph.D. at the University of Sao Paulo (USP)