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Dr. Dawen Li




  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA
  • B.S., Chemical Machinery and Manufacturing, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian, China

Dr. Dawen Li is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Alabama. Dr. Li received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 2006. During his Ph.D. study, Dr. Li had intern experience at Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies. From 2006 to 2008 he was a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Dr. Li joined the University of Alabama in 2008. He is a recipient of the prestigious NSF CAREER award. Dr. Li’s current research focuses on organic and perovskite-based photovoltaics (including tandem solar cells), and advanced manufacturing of perovskite solar modules through slot-die coating with integration of rapid photonic annealing.

Affiliated Areas
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Selected Publications

  • Zhongliang Ouyang, Henry Abrams, Robert Bergstone, Quantao Li, Feng Zhu, and Dawen Li*, “Rapid layer-specific annealing enabled by ultraviolet LED with estimation of crystallization energy for high performance perovskite solar cells”, Advanced Energy Materials, 10, 1902898 (2020). Highlighted as inside front cover.
  • Zhongliang Ouyang, Mengjin Yang, James B. Whitaker, Dawen Li* and Maikel F. A. M. van Hest*, “Towards scalable perovskite solar modules using blade-coating and rapid thermal processing”, ACS Applied Energy Materials, 3, 3714-3720 (2020)
  • Sheng Bi, Zhongliang Ouyang, Shoieb Shaik, and Dawen Li*,” Effect of Donor-Acceptor Vertical Composition Profile on Efficiency of Organic Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells”. Scientific Reports, 8, 9574 (2018)
  • Zhongliang Ouyang and Dawen Li*, “Design of segmented high-performance thermoelectric generators with cost in consideration”, Applied Energy, 221, (2018)

Awards and Honors

  • First prize in Faculty Innovation Pitch Competition at the University of Alabama (UA), 2022
  • First place in UA Crimson Technology Innovation Contest, 2017

Dr. Li's Impact

UA students develop flexible solar cell

A start-up technology company run by University of Alabama students and an associate professor is developing a thin, flexible solar cell with the goal of helping the military meet goals...

UA Spin-off Technology Selected for National Start-Up Contest

Technology developed at The University of Alabama aimed at producing inexpensive, flexible thin-film solar cells for military applications has been selected for a national business start-up contest sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Ready to Collaborate

Dean Charles Karr, who has been at The University of Alabama College of Engineering as a student, a researcher, professor or an administrator for more than 30 years, likes to...

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