Vladimir Bulovic

Director, MTL, Professor, MacVicar Fellow
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science


Mapping coal’s decline and renewables' rise

Mapping coal’s decline and renewables' rise

CoalMap online tool shows what policy regulations and technological advancements can do for the cost-competitiveness of solar and wind energy.

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Vladimir Bulovic


Vladimir Bulović joined the MIT faculty in July 2000 and is the Fariborz Maseeh (1990) professor of Emerging Technology and the MIT School of Engineering’s Associate Dean for Innovation. He leads the Organic and Nanostructured Electronics Laboratory and is co-director of the MIT-ENI Solar Frontiers Center. Bulović’s research interests include studies of physical properties of organic and organic/inorganic nanocrystal composite thin films and structures, and the development of novel nanostructured optoelectronic devices. 

Bulović recently co-chaired MIT’s Future of Solar Energy study with fellow council member, Richard Schmalensee. 


Nanostructured organic materials, opto-electronic structures, LEDs, solar cells, photodectors, memory cells, chemical sensors, thin films, self-assembled materials

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May 27, 2016
Where's my solar powered phone?
Gadget makers experiment with translucent solar cells that let touch screens draw energy from the sun.

May 24, 2016
Light can “heal” defects in some solar cells
Defects in some new electronic materials can be removed by making ions move under illumination.

May 5, 2016
Innovation imperative is clear at 8th annual MIT Sustainability Summit
Speakers discuss the role of innovation at all levels of society to tackle the environmental crisis.

April 15, 2016
U.S. Department of Energy leaders highlight clean energy research, career opportunities
Sustainable transportation, grid modernization, building efficiency among topics at MIT Energy Initiative event with Department of Energy's David Danielson.

February 26, 2016
Solar cells as light as a soap bubble
Ultrathin, flexible photovoltaic cells from MIT research could find many new uses.

September 16, 2015
A day in the sun
MIT Solar Day brings the MIT community together to preview the coming decades of solar energy innovation.

September 11, 2015
MIT joins $171M public-private consortium on manufacturing flexible electronics
Government, industry, and academia partner to bring new generation of electronics to commercial scale

September 11, 2015
MIT sees solar salvation in electricity-generating buildings
That's just one of the innovations that was on display at Solar Day.

June 9, 2015
Changing the game: Building MIT's capacity for a sustainable future

May 11, 2015
MIT and Masdar Institute work together to transform an oil-based economy
Researchers collaborate on innovative water, energy, and next-generation technology projects.

March 26, 2015
Analysis sees many promising pathways for solar photovoltaic power
New study identifies the promise and challenges facing large-scale deployment of solar photovoltaics.

March 3, 2015
Cheap, flexible solar
Tuning energy levels through surface chemistry shows promise for higher efficiency quantum dot solar cells, MIT graduate student Patrick R. Brown's work shows.

December 10, 2014
From Energy Sink to Energy Efficient: A Walk Through Window Technologies
In the last century, windows have evolved from drafty single-panes to energy-efficient triple-glazed and coated glass units.

December 1, 2014
Solar energy gets a facelift
CNBC's Morgan Brennan looks at the future of alternative power sources with MIT Professors Vladimir Bulović and Donald Sadoway.

November 26, 2014
MIT Energy Experts Discuss Technology Innovation at Atlantic Council Summit
Energy thought leaders from around the globe gather in Istanbul, Turkey to discuss technology, politics, and industry in energy innovation.

November 19, 2014
Running the color gamut
MIT spinout’s quantum-dot technology makes LCD TVs more colorful, energy-efficient.

August 5, 2014
With $350M Research Center, MIT Bets Big on Technology
MIT unveils plans for new nanotechnology research center: MIT.nano.

May 28, 2014
Improving a new breed of solar cells
Quantum-dot photovoltaics set new record for efficiency in such devices, could unlock new uses.

April 16, 2014
Excitons observed in action for the first time
Technique developed at MIT reveals the motion of energy-carrying quasiparticles in solid material.

An Energy-Efficient Future Enabled by Nanotech
Prof. Vladimir Bulović, Associate Dean for Innovation in the School of Engineering, was the speaker for the Boston Seminar Series on November 13 at the Microsoft NERD Center in Cambridge.  Attended by almost 100 people, his talk, titled "An Energy-Efficient Future Enabled by Nanotech," covered flexible organic photovoltaics, organic optoelectronics, using quantum dots for lighting, and the new nMaSS (Nano-Materials, Structures and Systems facility) lab that will replace Building 12.

October 13, 2013
Reif announces plans to launch an MIT Innovation Initiative
via MIT News Office
President asks 19-member panel, led by professors Fiona Murray and Vladimir Bulović, to deliver recommendations on next steps by Jan. 31.

June 20, 2013
Transparent solar cells
Generating power from everyday surfaces.

December 22, 2011
Solar cells printed on paper
Fold them, ship them, install them with ease

April 15, 2011
Turning windows into powerplants
New technology from MIT could enable a building’s windows to generate power, without blocking the view.

June 17, 2009
Video: The Promise of Renewables
Vladimir Bulović on Energy Education at MIT.

December 18, 2008
Nanoscale layers promise to boost solar cell efficiency