Rowland Institute at Harvard Congreve Lab – Fulbright Award Collaboration with Columbia University

May 22, 2018

University of Cambridge Research Associate, Kealan Fallon, Receives a Fulbright Award to the US

Kealan Fallon, a postdoctoral research associate from the University of Cambridge has received a Lloyd’s of London Fulbright Award to enable him to research at Columbia University and at the Rowland Institute at Harvard University on one of the most well-regarded and impactful scholarship programmes in the world.

As a participant, Kealan has been selected to undertake pioneering interdisciplinary research on improving the efficiency of solar energy technologies. High energy light that is typically wasted in traditional solar cells can be split in half by some materials, creating two excitations of useable energy from a single photon. Only a handful of materials are known to be able to do this, and Kealan’s research will investigate the complex mechanisms of the process with the aim to construct design rules to direct the creation of next-generation solar devices.

As part of the Fulbright Visiting Scholar programme, the Scholar Awards provide the only scholarships available to academics and other professionals for lecturing and/or research in any discipline at any accredited US university. The Awards form part of the US-UK Fulbright Commission’s work to promote leadership, learning and empathy between nations through educational exchange.

Commenting on receiving the Award, Kealan said “I am absolutely thrilled to be given the opportunity to carry out my research at two of the most innovative institutions in the US. It is vital that we develop high performance and cheaper renewable energies to work toward combatting climate change and making solar energy an economically accessible solution for the entire planet. As a Fulbright scholar, I hope to create strong collaborations between US and UK academia whilst taking the opportunity to learn about US cultural history and explore the great American outdoors.”

Kealan and the other 46 British grantees of the 2018-19 Fulbright cohort will celebrate their success at a reception hosted by the US Embassy in June.

Scholar Bio: Kealan Fallon is a postdoctoral research associate based at the University of Cambridge. He recently gained his PhD from University College London (UCL) on organic semiconducting materials. His interdisciplinary work combines chemistry and physics to explore how energy interacts with matter. During his Fulbright year, he will research materials designed to improve the efficiency of solar cells by harnessing high energy light that is wasted in traditional solar devices. US researchers have made ground-breaking discoveries in this area and he is excited to work alongside the talented scientists at Columbia University and at the Rowland Institute at Harvard University. Kealan is passionate about engaging children and young people with science and plans to participate in outreach programmes during his time in the US. Outside of the lab, he plans to explore the New York art scene, hike the great American outdoors, and learn about US cultural history.