Jeremy Poindexter is currently a Process Engineer at MiaSolé working on flexible "CIGS"-based solar cell technology. He has developed deep expertise in solar photovoltaics having performed research at the Photovoltaics Research Laboratory at MIT, where he completed his Ph.D. in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. In particular, he focuses on low-cost and scalable thin-film materials. Previously he has studied how defects, particularly impurities, affect solar cell performance through intentional contamination experiments as well as measurements of material properties, particularly photoluminescence. His passion for working on energy and sustainability began while obtaining his B.S. studying Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Yale University and continued as he fabricated silicon microwire solar cells as a Research Engineer at start-up solar company Caelux Corp.
Jeremy has gotten involved in broader sustainability efforts as well. At MIT, Jeremy worked with faculty, staff, and students to help design a "solar test bed" facility to improve the visibility of solar on campus and provide a location for solar researchers to perform lifetime testing of their devices under real-world weather conditions. He also jumped into climate activism through Fossil Free MIT and the group's fossil fuel divestment campaign and historic climate sit-in. He hopes that his research, alongside these activities, will help to lower both the technological and sociopolitical barriers to addressing climate change.