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Correa-Baena Identified as Star Competitor in Materials Science Research
The journal Nature identified five leading early career researchers in material science, and Juan-Pablo Correa-Baena makes the list. The five researchers were chosen from more than 10,000 researchers identified in the League of Scholars database as having five or more publications since 2015 in any of the following six materials-science-specific journals tracked by the Nature Index: ACS Nano, Advanced Functional Materials, Advanced Materials, Nano Letters, Nature Materials and Nature Nanotechnology.
Correa-Baena is recognized for addressing the world’s growing energy demands by understanding solar cells at the nanoscale. He is uncovering the chemical reactions that underpin the performance of perovskite solar cells. They are cheap to manufacture and have shown remarkable increases in efficiency over the past decade, achieving a higher energy output than commercially available silicon solar cells.
Improving access to power for rural communities in Correa-Baena’s home country, Colombia, is the driving force behind his research, he says. “There’s much more that we can do in research to try to push forward topics that are important to the world.”