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Brendan O’Connor

Associate Professor
NC State University, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
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Engineering Building III
Room 3312
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Assistant Professor, NC State University, 2011-present
PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, 2009
MS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Massachusetts, 2004
BS, Mechanical Engineering, Marquette University, 2000

Research interests

Current research topics in Dr. O’Connor’s group includes:

1. Understanding the mechanical behavior of organic electronics for flexible and stretchable devices;
2. Producing low-cost, high efficiency, organic solar cells;
3. Developing high performance semitransparent solar cells and photodetectors;
4. Developing photodetectors with polarized light sensing capabilities;
5. Producing thin film thermoelectric devices with novel device geometries;
6. Understanding fundamental property-structure relationships in organic semiconductors;
7. Developing scalable processing methods for organic electronics. Research in Dr. O’Connor’s group is highly interdisciplinary and includes mechanics of materials, manufacturing, thermodynamics, and semiconductor device physics. Interested students will be exposed to a wide range of fabrication and characterization methods. Interested students are encouraged to contact Dr. O’Connor to learn more about research opportunities in his group.
Dr. O’Connor teaches MAE 589 Direct Energy Conversion, MAE 421 Solar Energy, MAE 412 Design of Thermal Systems, MAE 310 Heat Transfer Fundamentals, and MAE 301 Thermodynamics 1.


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