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Alfredo A. Martinez-Morales Named to Lead Solar Research Initiative


Alfredo A. Martinez-Morales Named to Lead Solar Research Initiative

Will manage operation of new and innovative initiative to advance solar energy technologies

(January 22, 2010)

Alfredo A. Martinez-Morales has been named managing director of the Southern California Research Initiative for Solar Energy (SC-RISE) at UCR. Photo by Jim DexterEnlarge

Alfredo A. Martinez-Morales has been named managing director of the Southern California Research Initiative for Solar Energy (SC-RISE) at UCR. Photo by Jim Dexter

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) -- Alfredo A. Martinez-Morales has been named managing director of the Southern California Research Initiative for Solar Energy (SC-RISE), a new and innovative collaboration between researchers, industry and government based at UC Riverside's College of Engineering-Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT).

“To fulfill its mission of being a catalyst for the adoption of affordable solar energy, SC-RISE must be about education, applied technology, research and especially connections with those in Southern California who are concerned with sustainable energy,” said Matthew Barth, faculty director for CE-CERT, who announced the appointment. “Alfredo brings us the expertise to move that diverse agenda forward.”

As managing director, Martinez-Morales will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the initiative and moving forward its multiple goals. SC-RISE was created to advance solar energy technologies, train professionals for the industry, nurture new businesses and assist commercial and residential energy users in identifying appropriate applications for solar energy.

Martinez-Morales received his Ph.D., M.S. and B.S. degrees in electrical engineering from UCR. He served as laboratory manager for Professor Mihrimah Ozkan’s Biomedical Science and Nanotechnology Laboratory, which focuses on silicon photovoltaics and low-cost, hybrid polymer-carbon nanotube solar devices that can be deposited on flexible or hard surfaces.

“As a true believer in solar energy, my position with SC-RISE will provide me with the unique opportunity to be an active component in the dissemination, adoption and realization of sustainable and economically sound solar technology in Southern California,” Martinez-Morales said. “SC-RISE marks the natural progression of the university’s long involvement and commitment to conducting fundamental research in renewable, sustainable and green sources of energy.”

Martinez-Morales has written or co-written numerous research articles on nanowire arrays, quantum dots and other findings in the fields of nanoelectronics and photovoltaics. He has received several research honors and fellowships, including the UC Dissertation-Year Fellowship.

Martinez-Morales will be among the presenters at a symposium presented by the Inland Empire Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council and hosted by the Bourns College of Engineering Tuesday, Feb. 9. The symposium will promote low-cost energy upgrades and renewable energy improvements in the Inland Empire and demonstrate ways property owners can increase energy efficiency under California Assembly Bill 811.

The bill permits property owners to obtain low interest loans to add sustainable energy technologies or energy efficient retrofits to their properties. Additional information about the symposium is available at the CE-CERT website.

The University of California, Riverside (www.ucr.edu) is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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