Lenny Tinker started in the DOE Solar Office as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) fellow and is working with the SunShot Initiative to accelerate the flow of scientific information and facilitate new discoveries. His efforts focus on improving projects and processes by delving into all aspects of their interworkings with the ultimate goal being to advance the use of sustainable energy in the United States.
Lenny's current portfolio focuses on key research and development efforts for photovoltaic technologies such as advancing cell efficiency, next-generation concepts, and understanding degradation mechanisms.
"My interest in solar energy started very early in my life when I realized the magnitude of energy that the sun provides," Lenny said. "Our need for a clean and abundant energy source that is cost-competitive with traditional fuels has motivated me throughout my research career."
Lenny earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in chemistry from Princeton University. His research, which was related to the conversion of visible light into chemical fuels or electricity, earned him a Global Photonic Energy Corporation Martin and Edith B. Stein Solar Energy Innovation Award in 2007from the Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials. Recently, he completed an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster, Germany, focusing on organic LEDs.
Lenny's fellowship in Germany enabled him to bring a unique perspective to the SunShot program. Inspired by the highly collaborative nature of the European grants he contributed to, Lenny is supporting the development of an online collaborative space for grant recipients that will accelerate the diffusion of information and the formation of new research networks. Additionally, Lenny is working with winners of competitive awards to facilitate these researchers’ abilities to fully reach their potential.
"A highlight of my position thus far is watching my ideas come to fruition," Lenny said. "The SunShot mission is ambitious, and accomplishing this task will require innovation on many fronts."