- Senior Global Futures Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
- Professor, School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
Dr. Meng Tao received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His career includes 9 years with the State Key Lab for Silicon Materials at Zhejiang University and 10 years as a professor of electrical engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington. His research covers a wide range of topics in sustainable and terawatt solar photovoltaics, including earth-abundant active layer and transparent electrode for thin-film photovoltaics; substitution of silver electrode in silicon photovoltaics with an earth-abundant metal; energy-efficient electrorefining for solar-grade silicon; and solar-powered electrolysis as an alternative to solar electricity storage. He played a critical role in the establishment of the U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium in Albany, New York. Since 2006 he has been the lead organizer for the Electrochemical Society symposium series on Photovoltaics for the 21st Century. His new book, Terawatt Solar Photovoltaics: Roadblocks and Opportunities, was published by Springer in 2014.
- PhD, Materials Science and Engineering (Electronic Materials), University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1998
- MS, Semiconductor Materials, Zhejiang University, 1986
- BS, Ferrous Metallurgy, Jiangxi Institute of Metallurgy, 1982