Senator Marshall Applauds Wichita State University’s Commitment to Solar Energy Research

(Washington, D.C., March 26, 2021) – U.S. Senator Roger Marshall, M.D. issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $500,000 in solar research funding for Wichita State University.

“Wichita State University’s continued commitment to new and innovative research and development will benefit Kansans – and Americans – for years to come,” said U.S. Senator Roger Marshall, M.D. “Kansas is a proven leader in renewable energy production, and I look forward to seeing the results of WSU’s research into this new and innovative space.”


Wichita State University received $500,000 in funding for perovskite research and development through the DOE’s Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO). Perovskites are a family of emerging solar materials that have potential to make highly efficient thin-film solar cells with very low production costs. WSU’s newly funded project will develop a stable, low-cost perovskite solar cell with water-repellent, three-dimensional carbon nanosheets as electrode materials. The aim is to demonstrate that the nanosheets can improve the cells’ lifetime stability in humid operating conditions while maintaining 20% conversion efficiency.