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Pioneering Lifetime and Degradation Science and Technology Development

The SDLE Research Center at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) is a world-class research center dedicated to data science and analytics applied to materials and energy science.

Established in 2011 by Professor Roger H French, the SDLE Center focuses on:

  • Lifetime and degradation science of solar photovoltaic (PV) materials, and other environmentally exposed, long lived (>25 years) technologies.
  • Accelerated laboratory and outdoor real-world exposures and evaluations of outdoor exposed technologies such as solar, led lighting and building envelope materials
  • Energy efficiency and virtual energy auditing of buildings, using engineering epidemiology and data analytics
  • Data-mining and statistical- and machine-learning applied to materials
  • Petabyte/Petaflop big data analytics applied to time-series, spectral and image datasets
  • Non-relational data warehousing and analytics environment for complex systems. 


Engineering researchers apply data science to better predict effect of weather and other conditions on solar panels

In a new study, a team of researchers from Case Western Reserve University and Gebze Technical University (GTU) in Turkey used data science to determine and predict the effects of exposure to weather and other conditions on materials in solar panels.

SDLE Research Center presents "Tea Time" - a series of presentations on data science topics

If you are curious about data science, then join the SDLE Research Center for a series of free and informal presentations on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 3:00 PM in Bingham 204 at CWRU campus.  Click here for a detailed schedule.

New York Times: With Innovation, Colleges Fill the Skills Gap


How large is the so-called skills gap?

The Manpower Group, a human resources consulting firm, says the gap, which is often defined as the difference in job skills required and the actual skills possessed by employees, is a chasm. Of the more than 42,000 employers the firm surveyed last year, 40 percent said they were having difficulties filling roles, the highest level since 2007.

SDLE is hiring a Post-Doctoral Scholar in Polymeric Materials Degradation

Post-Doctoral Research Associate position is available in the SDLE Research Center in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Case Western Reserve University, under the direction of Prof. Roger H. French. This materials science research focuses on optical characterization of the degradation of polymeric materials under solar radiation and environmental exposure.

Congratulations and Farewell to Research Professor Tim Peshek











Tim has accepted a position as a Staff Scientist at Nasa Glenn in Energy Storage and Photovoltaics research.  

Thanks for your many contributions and being an excellent colleague. Best wishes on your new adventure!





Post-Doctoral Research Associate Position In PV Cell Degradation

A Post-Doctoral Research Associate/Senior Research Associate position for a materials scientist/engineer is available in the SDLE Research Center, Case School of Engineering under the direction of Prof. Roger H. French. The research focuses on using a data analytics approach to understanding and predicting photovoltaic module material degradation, optimizing PV and accelerating adoption of new technology, such as PERC solar cells.

SDLE Team is chosen by DOE SunShot to pursue its Small Innovative Project in Solar (SIPS)

This project investigates the impact of surface modification of the transparent electrode in thin film copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) solar cells on improving the reliability. The modification with a molecular surface modifier will limit chemical exposure of the cell to water and acetic acid from the breakdown of ethylene-vinyl-acetate (EVA) encapsulants. The modification is expected to double the lifetime of the cell.