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Scott Maloney|Meet the Science Posse

PhD Candidate in Physics

Graduate Fellow

Topics Scott can bring to your classroom:

Electricity and Magnetism
Radio communication
Sensors and circuits
Semiconductors and nanoelectronics
Solar cells


B.S. Physics, University of Hartford

Current Research:

My research involves the study of semiconducting metal-oxide nanowires and their use as transistors and active layers in solar cells. Nanowires have many interesting properties that make them good candidates for high efficiency electronic devices. They are single crystal structures, which means that have a higher diffusion length, and their linearity allows current to transfer more directly than it would in a bulk material. They are also cheaper (i.e. require less energy) to make than pure crystalline silicon. Another application for nanowires is in solar cells. For example, our group has shown that solar cells that use nanowire films as the active layer have a higher open-circuit voltage than those made with nanoparticles.


I am originally from Plymouth, Massachusetts. In 2008 I received my bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Hartford in Hartford, Connecticut. After graduating I worked for AJA International, a company in Scituate, Massachusetts, building and servicing thin film deposition equipment. In 2010 I was accepted into the physics graduate program at the University of Wyoming where I started studying nanoelectronics under Dr. Wenyong Wang.

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“Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts.” - Richard Feynman

I enjoy teaching and demonstrating fun and illuminating concepts in physical science.

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