The need to harvest, convert, and store energy remains one of the greatest challenges facing the scientific community today. Our research addresses this need, bridging solid state physics, materials science and inorganic chemistry. We are currently focusing on controlling the transport properties of non-traditional thermoelectric and photovoltaic materials. From these materials, we develop and test prototype systems to validate material performance metrics.

  Eric Toberer    PDF version of my CV
  Assistant Professor
  Dept. of Physics
  Colorado School of Mines
  Joint appointment:
National Center for Photovoltaics
National Renewable Energy Laboratory


Notable Events

Angela gave seminars at MIT and Harvard on her research

Toberer received the 2016 Junior Faculty Research Award from CSM

Caitlin awarded a NASA AS&ASTAR Fellowship

Toberer received the 2015 Cotrell Scholar Award

For recent papers: Google Scholar homepage

Current projects:

ARPA-E - Single-Pane Windows with Insulating Sprayed Particulate Coatings
PIs: Zak Holman, Eric Toberer, Chris Hogan
Institutions: ASU, CSM, U. Minn.

ARPA-E - High-Throughput Discovery of Thermoelectric Materials
PIs: Eric Toberer, Chris Hogan
Institutions: CSM, U. Minn.

ARPA-E - High Temperature, High Efficiency Solar Thermoelectric Generators
Lead PIs: David Ginley, Eric Toberer
Institutions: NREL, CSM, Bucknell, Marlow Industries, ITC Power Solutions

NSF CAREER - Control of Charge Carrier Dynamics in Complex Thermoelectric Semiconductor
PI: Eric Toberer
Institutions: CSM, SLAC

NSF DMREF - Computationally Driven Targeting of Advanced Thermoelectric Materials
PIs: Eric Toberer, Vladan Stevanovic, Qin Lv, Thomas Mason, Scott Barnett
Institutions: CSM, CU Boulder, Northwestern

DOE/NREL - Novel Photovoltaics Absorbers
PIs: Eric Toberer, Andriy Zakutayev, Adele Tamboli
Institutions: CSM, NREL

DOE/NREL - Light Induced Degradation in Silicon Photovoltaics
PIs: Eric Toberer, Sarah Kurtz, Ingrid Repins
Institutions: CSM, NREL

DOE/NREL - 2D Materials for Low Cost Epitaxial Growth of Single Sun GaAs PV
PIs: Eric Toberer, Andrew Norman, Adele Tamboli
Institutions: CSM, NREL


Positions Available

Senior design: Contact me via email over the summer to discuss possible projects.

Summer research: Contact me via email in the Jan. - Mar. window.

Graduate/Postdoc positions: I am always happy to work with students in preparing fellowship applications (eg. NSF, NDSEG, etc) as a way to support their entrance into the group.