Dr. Katherine (Kate) Fountaine

Visitor / Collaborator

Solar Fuels



Kate joined the Atwater Group in July 2010 to pursue her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering as an NSF Fellow after receiving her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara in June 2010. The main focus of her research is on mesoscale (um-cm) design of photoelectrochemical devices for the efficient production of renewable fuels with the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP). She is primarily interested in the remarkable optical phenomena that arise in nanostructured semiconductors and how to best utilize their light trapping properties to maximize device efficiency.

Available Publications


Efficiency limits for photoelectrochemical water-splitting

Katherine T. Fountaine, Hans Joachim Lewerenz, & Harry A. Atwater
Nature Communications (2016) - Photovoltaics

Photon and carrier management design for nonplanar thin-film copper indium gallium selenide photovoltaics

Colton R. Bukowsky, Jonathan Grandidier, Katherine T. Fountaine, Dennis M. Callahan, Billy J. Stanbery, Harry A. Atwater
Elsevier (2016) - Nanophotonic Materials and Devices

Near-Unity Unselective Absorption in Sparse InP Nanowire Arrays

Katherine T. Fountaine, Wen-Hui Cheng, Colton R. Bukowsky, and Harry A. Atwater
ACS Photonics (2016) - Nanowire Photovoltaics

Enhanced Absorption and <1% Spectrum-and-Angle-Averaged Reflection in Tapered Microwire Arrays

Sisir Yalamanchili, Hal S. Emmer, Katherine T. Fountaine, Christopher T. Chen, Nathan S. Lewis, and Harry A. Atwater
ACS Photonics (2016) - Micro- and Nanowires

Interplay of light transmission and catalytic exchange current in photoelectrochemical systems

Katherine T. Fountaine, Hans J. Lewerenz, and Harry A. Atwater
Applied Physics Letters (2014) - Solar Fuels