Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Dr. Mohammed Jasim Uddin

Second Advisor

Dr. Jason Parsons

Third Advisor

Dr. Javier Macossay-Torres


Fiber-type / flexible materials present a unique opportunity for the incorporation of photocatalytic / energy generating technology, as they typically have a broad surface area exposed to light (clothing, curtains, carpet). In this work, several methods of harvesting incident light striking a flexible substrate to perform useful work are examined. In the first section a gold and silver nanoparticle augmented TiO2 thin film textile coating is evaluated for its self-cleaning / UV-protective / anti-microbial properties, and stability of the film / substrate over time is examined. In the second section a dye sensitized / hybrid type solar cell architecture based on flexible carbon nanotube yarn is evaluated for its ability to convert incident light into electrical energy. In the final section an entirely polymer / hybrid based solar cell architecture also based on carbon nanotube yarn is evaluated and the relative strengths of flexible polymer-type cells are discussed.


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