Dr. Whitaker has worked with SolarWindow on the development of its electricity-generating coating technology and process methods as a Staff Scientist at NREL since 2015. Currently, as the Principal Research & Development Scientist for SolarWindow, he leads our team of scientists and engineers to develop new and improved, lower cost and more efficient SolarWindow™ coatings and technologies; along with optimizing product R&D and manufacturing processes.
Dr. Whitaker has extensive experience in organic photovoltaic and other thin-film photovoltaic devices research, development, and fabrication. He is an expert in thin-film deposition techniques and various coating technologies, including spin coating, blade coating, slot-die, micro-gravure, and roll-to-roll coating. He is also an authority in a wide range of advanced chemical synthesis methodologies, including inorganic, air free, gas phase, and high temperature reactions.
Dr. Whitaker has been a Post-Doctoral Fellow and Staff Scientist at NREL since 2014, a Professor of Chemistry at Red Rocks Community College, a Graduate Research Assistant at Colorado State University in the Chemistry Department from 2008—2013, an Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation Research Fellow at the Free University in Berlin, and a Research Fellow in the International Center for Spectroelectrochemistry at the Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research in Dresden, Germany in 2009. Dr. Whitaker has a B.A. in chemistry from Colorado College and a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from Colorado State University.