After completing his postdoctoral work in the department of materials science and engineering at Stanford University, Adam joined the UA Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering. He earned his PhD in nanoengineering from the University of California, San Diego, where his research on the relationship between the microstructure and mechanical properties of semiconducting polymers was awarded the Chancellor’s Dissertation Medal for the School of Engineering, the highest honor bestowed upon graduating doctoral students.
Printz's research interest is in solution-processed electronics, devices that can be printed directly on flexible substrates by roll-to-roll processing. While technologies like printable organic or perovskite photovoltaics are quite promising for low-cost and lightweight solar power, there are still significant challenges preventing commercialization, e.g., poor chemical and thermomechanical stability. To overcome these challenges, Adam is currently focused on co-optimization of device robustness with electronic performance in polymer and perovskite-based solar cells through a variety of pathways such as material design, device reinforcement, and interfacial engineering.