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The Photo Active Nanoscale Systems (PANS) Research Group includes over forty faculty, research staff, graduate and undergraduate students from Augustana College, Black Hills State University, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, South Dakota State University, and the University of South Dakota. Project participants are creating new devices in the area of photo-active nanoscale systems and will address research challenges associated with photovoltaics and solar energy, directwrite electronics, and the use of nanostructured materials for converting solar energy into chemical fuels.

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PANS project members hope to find cheap and more efficient alternatives to traditional energy sources through the development of photovoltaic cells.


Universities are valuable resources. Their science and engineering programs, as well as faculty and students, are major assets to the state.


Economic Development

The PANS project has several ties to industry who are strong supporters of the work. Part of the PANS project is the goal of developing technology that will find its way into commercial use.

economic development


PANS Partnerships include a group of over forty faculty members, research staff, graduate and undergraduate students. Partnerships also include the private sector, state government, and the South Dakota Board of Regents.