Armin Aberle

Solid State Energy Sources


Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS)
National University of Singapore (NUS)
7 Engineering Drive 1
Building E3A, #06-01
Singapore 117574
Tel: +65 6516 4155
Fax: +65 6775 1943

Armin G. Aberle (M’99-SM’02) was born in Hausach, Black Forest, Germany in 1960. He received a Physicist Degree in 1988 and a PhD degree (Dr rer nat) in physics in 1992, both from the University of Freiburg, Germany. In 1999 he received a Habilitation Degree (Dr rer nat habil) in physics from the University of Hannover, Germany.

Since May 2008 he is with the National University of Singapore (NUS), where he is a tenured Full Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering as well as Deputy CEO and Director of the Silicon Photovoltaics Department of the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS). From 1998 to 2008 he was a tenured faculty (Senior Lecturer, then Associate Professor, then Full Professor) at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia where he headed the Thin-Film Solar Cell Group and contributed to the establishment of the world’s first undergraduate engineering degree in Photovoltaics and Solar Energy. From 1994 to 1998 he headed the Photovoltaics Department at the Institute for Solar Energy Research (ISFH) in Hameln, Germany. Dr Aberle is a semiconductor scientist with more than 24 years of experience with photovoltaic devices and modules. He has successfully managed and completed a large number of R&D projects in the field of photovoltaics. He has performed leading-edge research across the entire portfolio of crystalline silicon solar cells, from highest-performance (> 23% efficiency) silicon wafer solar cells via cost-effective multicrystalline silicon wafer solar cells (11-17%) to inexpensive polycrystalline silicon thin-film solar cells on glass (up to 9%). His R&D work has covered the full spectrum from fundamental materials research to the industrial evaluation of novel solar cell technologies at the pilot line level, including the development of novel solar cells, their fabrication in the laboratory, their characterisation, and their computer modeling. He has worked in three countries (Germany, Australia, now Singapore), both at universities and in industry. He has published extensively (more than 240 papers) in leading journals/conferences and his work has a high impact on the field (more than 1,800 citations). He has supervised 23 PhD students to successful completion.