Dr. Craig H. Peters, Co-Founder



Craig received a PhD in the Material Science Department from Stanford University (2011) where he studied the reliability and stability of organic photovoltaic cells. Prior to graduate school, Craig helped start a VC funded company in the financial services space, where he helped raise two rounds of financing totaling $33 million and managed the operations and technology teams. Craig has deep experience in advanced characterization techniques for solar cells including XRD, XPS, photo-CELIV and laser beam induced current mapping (LBIC). In addition to research, Craig has also created and taught a course at Stanford on the physics of semiconductor devices.


Dr. Brian E. Hardin, Co-Founder



Brian received his PhD in Material Science from Stanford University (2011), where he researched and developed new dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) architectures with Prof. Michael McGehee.  Brian has in-depth knowledge of device physics of thin film photovoltaic devices and has co-authored over a dozen peer reviewed articles in journals such as Nature Photonics, Nature Materials, Angewandte Chemie, and Nano Letters.  Brian won the Material Research Society Gold Medal Award (Spring 2010), the highest honor given graduate students in Material Science, for his research on solar cells. Brian was previously a Swiss Fulbright scholar in 2004-2005 under the supervision of Prof. Michael Grätzel and received a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 2004.

Technical Team 



Dr. Stephen Connor



Steve received a PhD in the Chemistry department at Stanford University in 2011. Steve has seven years of experience in synthetic inorganic chemistry, with extensive knowledge in solution processing of thin films for PV applications and electron microscopy. Steve attained his B.S. from UC Berkeley in 2006. He received the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Student Fellowship the same year, and has since been working on diverse applications of solution synthesized nanoparticles for photovoltaic cells.




Dr. James (Randy) Groves



Randy has over 15 years of experience building physical vapor deposition equipment and studying thin film growth. Dr. Groves is a 2011 PhD graduate of the Material Science and Engineering department at Stanford University where he studied ion assisted film growth for solar cell applications. Prior to his PhD, Randy worked for nearly 15 years at Los Alamos National Labs, where he developed expertise in the materials characterization tools. Randy is currently a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Corps of Engineers.




Dr. Edward S. Barnard



Ed is a 2011 PhD graduate of the Materials Science department at Stanford University. Ed recently won the MRS gold medal for his work on combining modeling with experimental nanocharacterization data in the field of plasmonics. Dr. Barnard has over six years experience developing advanced nanocharacterization and optoelectronics tools. Ed received a SB in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT in 2005.