Editor-in-Chief and Editors
Tim Anderson received his education in chemical engineering from Iowa State University (B.S.) and the University of California, Berkeley (M.S., Ph.D.). He joined the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Florida in 1978 and served as chairman from 1991 until 2003, followed by a term as Dean of Research for the College of Engineering until through 2008. Tim currently holds the rank of Distinguished Professor. He is also Director of the Florida Energy Systems Consortium (FESC), consisting of the 11 State of Florida universities and dedicated to research, education, and outreach in Florida-centered energy systems. His research includes the deposition of advanced electronic and photonic materials. In particular, his group has an active program in the growth of CuInxGa1-xSe2 absorbers for photovoltaics as well as the group III nitrides. Tim has served a number of roles in the Photovoltaics Specialist Conference, including Conference Chair of the 34th PVSC in 2009. Tim has been recognized for his research accomplishments through several awards, including the AIChE Charles M. A. Stine Award, the California Institute of Technology's W.N. Lacey Lectureship, the Professional Achievement Citation in Engineering Award from Iowa State University, the Michigan/Michigan State Joint Lectureship, and the DOE Research Partnership Award. Tim also spent a sabbatical year at the University of Grenoble as a Fullbright Senior Research Scholar. His group is credited with over 220 publications in his discipline research and has supervised over 60 Ph.D. students. Prof. Anderson a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). Professor Anderson has long been active in engineering education. He served as director of the NSF SUCCEED Engineering Education Coalition until its completion in 2003. He is recipient of the Warren K. Lewis Award for Chemical Engineering Education (AIChE), ConocoPhillips Lectureship, Benjamin J. Dasher Award, and Union Carbide Lectureship Award. Tim has over 80 publications and presentations in engineering education research to his credit, and is a Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education.
Antonia Sonia Cardoso - PV Reliability
Antonia Sônia Alves Cardoso Diniz
Antonia Sônia Alves Cardoso Diniz received her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais (Belo Horizonte, Brasil) in 1981, following a Bachelor of Physics in 1980 from Federal University of Minas Gerais (Belo Horizonte, Brasil) in 1980. She received her Ph.D. from University of Liverpool in 1995 in Materials Science and Engineering (Liverpool, U.K.), with research on photovoltaic materials. Dr. Diniz was a visiting professor at Arizona State University in the Photovoltaic Reliability Laboratory (Mesa, USA) in 2013. She worked 28 years as Specialist Engineer at Energetic Company of Minas Gerais – CEMIG (the largest electricity company in Brasil) and had responsibilities for PV rural-electrification projects bringing electricity to remote-area populations for the first time in Brasil (part of the Brasil program “Luz para Tudos”). In 2005, Dr. Diniz accepted a faculty position at the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais (PUC Minas). Currently, she is the Coordinator (Director) of the “Grupo de Estudo em Energia” (GREEN) that includes programs for the certification of solar products for Brasil. This past year, GREEN received ISO 17025 accreditation. She is an Associate Professor in the Graduate Program of Mechanical Engineering—and has teaching responsibilities in the School of Energy Engineering. Dr. Diniz has more than 100 publications dealing with energy materials, solar thermal, energy efficiency and distributed energy resources, photovoltaic systems, and PV module and system reliability. Dr. Diniz is a consultant for the Government of Brasil’s Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES)-under the Ministry of Education. She was Associate Editor of the Elsevier journal Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews for 5 years. She is a member of the IEEE, ABENS, and ISES. She is active with these professional organizations, and is a Member of the International Committee of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC) and is a reviewer for the IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics and Elsevier Renewable Energy, and many others. Her current research includes funded projects in PV module and system reliability and soiling issues, PV utility deployment for rural electriciation and monitoring of PV grid connected in distributed systems, energy efficiency and solar materials/device engineering and testing.
Chih-hung (Alex) Chang - Organic PV
Richard Corkish - Editor Fundamentals and New Concepts
Vikram L. Dalal - Fellow
Dr. Dalal is Whitney Chair Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State University. He received his B.E. degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Bombay in India in 1964, and Ph.D. from Princeton University, also in EE, in 1969. He also holds a M.P.A. with focus on Economics from Princeton. Dr. Dalal has extensive research experience in both academia and industry, having worked as a research scientist at RCA Laboratories, and at several small companies. His academic experience includes working as a research scientist at University of Delaware’s Institute of Energy Conversion, and as Professor and Director of Microelectronics Research Center at Iowa State University. His expertise is in R&D on photovoltaic materials and devices. He has published over 180 papers and refereed proceedings articles, and also holds 12 U.S. patents. He is a Fellow of IEEE, American Physical Society and American Association for Advancement of Science.
- Photovoltaic energy conversion, solar energy systems, energy systems, energy economics, energy and environment
Chris Deline - PV Systems Control
Chris Deline received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 2003, 2005, and 2008, respectively, all in electrical engineering. Since 2008 he has been a research engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, CO in the photovoltaic performance and reliability group. He manages the US Department of Energy Regional Test Center program at NREL for field assessment of novel PV technologies, and is principal investigator for multiple PV field performance projects including degradation rate assessment and bifacial module power rating and production modeling. Dr. Deline also manages the PV Fleet Performance Data Initiative which works with commercial fleet owners to aggregate and analyze PV field performance data.
Dr. Deline is expert in the field of partially shaded or mismatched PV, with publications on the performance response of distributed power electronics and field performance of PV modules, particularly under mismatched or shaded conditions. His research also includes characterization and energy simulation of advanced PV technologies including thin-film module metastability and bifacial system energy production.
Frank Dimroth - Editor III-V Solar Cells and Concentrators
Stefan W. Glunz - Editor Crystalline Si Photovoltaics
Clemens Heske - Editor PV Characterization
Karin Hinzer - Photovoltaic Balance of Systems
Karin Hinzer received the BSc, MSc, and PhD degrees in physics from the University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, in 1996, 1998, and 2002, respectively. She is a Professor at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science with a cross-appointment in the department of Physics at the University of Ottawa. She has made pioneering contributions to the experimental physics of quantum dots marked by two landmark papers in Science. She gained extensive experience in the design and fabrication of group III-V semiconductor devices while at the National Research Council Canada, Nortel Networks and then Bookham (now Oclaro). Cost reduction strategies and liaison with remote fabrication facilities strongly feature in her industry experience. Professor Hinzer joined the University of Ottawa in 2007 where she founded the SUNLAB, the premier Canadian modelling and characterization laboratory for next generation multi-junction solar devices and concentrator systems. With its designation as a University of Ottawa Core Facility and its close integration with the Centre for Research in Photonics, the SUNLAB leverages its resources for collaborations with other research groups from within the university and the rest of the world, as well as with industrial partners. Professor Hinzer’s research involves developing new ways to harness the sun’s energy. From 2007 to 2017, she was the Tier II Canada Research Chair in Photonic Nanostructures and Integrated Devices. In 2010, she was the recipient of the Inaugural Canadian Energy Award with industry partner Morgan Solar for the development of more efficient solar panels. In 2015, she received the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation Early Researcher Award for her contributions to the fields of photonic devices and photovoltaic systems and in 2016, she was the recipient of the University of Ottawa Young Researcher Award. She is a member of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada and an IEEE senior member. Professor Hinzer is the principal investigator of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Collaborative Research and Training Experience Program titled “Training in Optoelectronics for Power: from Science and Engineering to Technology” (NSERC CREATE TOP-SET), a multi-disciplinary training program involving three universities and aiming to train over 100 students in six years. Professor Hinzer has published over 150 refereed papers, trained over 110 highly-qualified personnel and her laboratory has spun-off three Canadian companies in the energy sector. Her research interests include new materials, high efficiency light sources and light detectors, solar cells, solar modules, new electrical grid architectures and voltage converters.
Bram Hoex - Solid State Energy Sources
Associate Professor Bram Hoex completed both a MSc and PhD degree from Eindhoven University of Technology in 2003 and 2008, respectively. From 2008 to 2015 he worked at the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) as a Group Leader and from 2012 also as Director of the Silicon Materials and Cells Cluster. In 2015 he joined the School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering (SPREE) at UNSW Sydney where he currently serves as Deputy Head of School (Research). His research group focusses on the fabrication and characterization of high-efficiency silicon wafer solar cells with a particular focus on surface passivation and passivating contacts. He is best known for his groundbreaking work on aluminium oxide for crystalline silicon surface passivation which is now the de facto standard for industrial PERC solar cells. He also pioneered the application of atomic layer deposition for silicon wafer solar cell manufacturing. He has published over 150 journal and conference papers, and in 2018 he released PV-manufacturing.org which is aimed at educating students and professionals in the area of photovoltaic manufacturing. His work has received various international recognitions including the 2008 SolarWorld Junior Einstein and the 2016 IEEE PVSC Young Professional awards.
Seth Hubbard - Editor Fundamentals and New Concepts
Alex K-Y Jen - Editor Organic Photovoltaics
Richard King - Editor III-V Solar Cells and Concentrators
Prof. Richard R. King received his Ph.D. and M.S. from Stanford University in Electrical Engineering, and his B.S in Physics, also from Stanford. He is currently Professor of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering at Arizona State University. Over the past 30 years, his research on photovoltaics has explored high-efficiency solar cells in a number of semiconductor materials systems, from silicon, to the GaInP, GaInAs, and germanium subcells in III-V multijunction cells. Dr. King and his colleagues have been especially interested in the materials science and device physics of III-V multijunction solar cells for concentrator photovoltaics (CPV), and in the defect physics of low-cost semiconductors for high-efficiency, flat-plate multijunction cells. In his Ph.D. research at Stanford University, Dr. King worked to develop high-efficiency one-sun back-contact silicon solar cells, and on characterization of minority-carrier recombination at the doped Si/SiO2 interface for high-efficiency silicon solar cell design. Since then his research has contributed to understanding of metamorphic III-V materials lattice-mismatched to the growth substrate; group-III sublattice ordering in GaInP; minority-carrier recombination at III-V heterointerfaces; high-transparency tunnel junctions; dilute nitride materials such as ~1-eV GaInNAs and GaNAsSb for solar cells; and high-efficiency multijunction solar cells with 3 to 6 junctions. Dr. King led Spectrolab's development of high-efficiency III-V multijunction concentrator solar cells, recognized with R&D 100 awards in 2001 and 2007, and a Scientific American 50 award in 2002. In 2006, this work led to a record 40.7%-efficient metamorphic 3-junction terrestrial concentrator cell, the first solar cell to reach over 40% efficiency. At Arizona State University, Dr. King's research group investigates recombination at defects and interfaces in low-cost polycrystalline solar cell materials, and integrating them into tandem solar cells with silicon to realize the high-efficiency multijunction cell structure in a cost-effective flat-plate format. As part of a strong interest in furthering public and scientific awareness of photovoltaics, Dr. King has helped organize a number of international conferences, serving as Program Chair for the 4th International Conference on Solar Concentrators (ICSC) in 2007, and the 35th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC) in 2010, and he was General Chair for the 40th IEEE PVSC in Denver, Colorado, in 2014. He has served as a Co-founding Editor of the IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics since 2010. Dr. King is the recipient of the 2010 William R. Cherry Award, given at the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, for "outstanding contributions to photovoltaic science and technology." Dr. King was inducted into the Space Technology Hall of Fame in 2004, and has 24 patents and over 140 publications on photovoltaics and semiconductor device physics.
Sarah Kurtz - PV Reliability
MBSE Graduate Group Chair
Dr. Sarah Kurtz received her PhD from Harvard University in Chemical Physics in 1985 with Roy Gordon. She moved directly to the Solar Energy Research Institute (now the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, NREL) where she worked for more than 30 years on a variety of solar energy projects. She is known for her contributions to developing multijunction, GaInP/GaAs solar cells, supporting the Concentrator Photovoltaic (PV) industry, and, more recently, her work with PV performance and reliability. Her work has been recognized with a jointly received Dan David Prize in 2007, the Cherry Award in 2012, and the C3E Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016. In late 2017 she transitioned to a faculty position at the University of California at Merced, while continuing work with NREL.
Sylvain Marsillac - Thin Film PV
Angele H.M.E. Reinders - Editor PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEMS
Angèle Reinders is an Associate Professor of Sustainable Energy and Design in the Department of Design, Production and Management of University of Twente, the Netherland. Besides this, she was part-time affiliated with the Design for Sustainability program of Delft University of Technology, the Netherland, till 2015. Her present research focuses on achieving a better integration of photovoltaic (PV) solar energy and other sustainable energy technologies in systems and products by new design approaches. She has practical experience with design-driven research on PV systems, PV modules, PV powered boats, building integrated PV and product integrated PV as well as PV in smart grids. Recently she established the energy center ARISE at the Faculty of Engineering Technology of University of Twente. She has published about 100 papers, edited two books, and is a co-founding editor of IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics. Angèle is intensively involved in the organization of the annual IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference and has a vast international experience and stayed at Fraunhofer ISE (Germany), World Bank (US), ENEA (Italy), Jakarta and Papua (Indonesia) and the Centre for Urban Energy (Canada) for her research. She holds an MSc in Experimental Physics and a PhD in Chemistry from Utrecht University in the field of monitoring and simulation of PV systems. She received her doctoral degree from the Faculty of Chemistry at Utrecht University in 1999. Her PhD dissertation covers the analysis and simulation of the field performance of photovoltaic solar energy systems. Angèle Reinders completed a master degree in Experimental Physics in 1993 at Utrecht University, specializing in material physics and energy physics.
Steven A. Ringel - Editor Solid State Power Energy Sources
Angus Rockett - Editor Thin Film PV and PV Characterization
Mike Scarpulla - Editor Thin Film PV and PV Characterization
Jan Schmidt - Editor Crystalline Silicon PV
Giovanni Spagnuolo - Editor PV Systems Control
J-PV Associate Editors
Harry A. Atwater - Associate Editor
Harry Atwater is currently Howard Hughes Professor and Professor of Applied Physics and Materials Science at the California Institute of Technology. His research interests center around two interwoven research themes: photovoltaics and solar energy; and plasmonics and optical metamaterials. Atwater and his group have been active in photovoltaics research for more than 20 years. Recently they have created new photovoltaic devices, including the silicon wire array solar cell, and layer-transferred fabrication approaches to III-V semiconductor III-V and multijunction cells, as well as making advances in plasmonic light absorber structures for III-V compound and silicon thin films. He is an early pioneer in surface plasmon photonics; he gave the name to the field of plasmonics in 2001. He has authored or co-authored over 200 publications, and his group’s developments in the solar and plasmonics field have been featured in Scientific American and in research papers in Science, Nature Materials, Nature Photonics and Advanced Materials. He currently serves as as Director of the DOE Energy Frontier Research Center on Light-Matter Interactions in Solar Energy Conversion (http://lmi.caltech.edu) and was recently named Director of the Resnick Institute for Science, Energy and Sustainability, http://resnick.caltech.edu/, Caltech's largest endowed research program focused on energy. Atwater is founder and chief technical advisor for Alta Devices, a venture-backed company in Santa Clara, CA developing a transformational high efficiency/low cost photovoltaics technology, and Aonex Corporation, a compound semiconductor materials company. He has also served an editorial board member for Surface Review and Letters. Professor Atwater has consulted extensively for industry and government, and has actively served the materials community in various capacities, including Material Research Society Meeting Chair (1997), Materials Research Society President (2000), AVS Electronic Materials and Processing Division Chair (1999), and Board of Trustees of the Gordon Research Conferences. In 2008, he served as Chair for the Gordon Research Conference on Plasmonics.
Allen Barnett - Associate Editor
Allen Barnett (F) received his M.S. and B.S. degrees from the University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, and his Ph. D. from Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, all in Electrical Engineering. He joined the School of Photovoltaics and Renewable Energy Engineering, The University of New South Wales, Sydney NSW 2052 Australia as Professor of Advanced Photovoltaics in September 2011. At UNSW his research is focused on new high efficiency solar cell modules; thin crystalline silicon (20+%) and tandem solar cells on silicon (30+%). He joined the University of Delaware in 1976 as Director of the Institute of Energy Conversion and Professor of Electrical Engineering. He left UD in 1993 to devote full time to AstroPower, Inc, which became the largest independent solar cell manufacturer and the 4th largest in the World. He returned to UD in 2003 and was Executive Director, Solar Power Program; Research Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; and Senior Policy Fellow, Center for Energy and Environmental Policy at the University of Delaware, Newark Delaware. Barnett has supervised 27 Ph.D. theses including 7 Ph.D.s and 3 M.S. degrees completed in 2011. He currently supervises 13 Ph.D. students. He is a Fellow of the IEEE. he received the IEEE William R. Cherry Award for outstanding contributions to the advancement of photovoltaic science and technology and the Karl W. Böer Solar Energy Medal of Merit. He is on committees for the two largest photovoltaic conferences. he has more than 290 publications, 28 U.S. patents and 7 R&D 100 Awards for the new industrial products. He actively consults for government agencies, institutional investors, and private companies. He was named one of "The 50 Most Influential Delawareans (State of Delaware) of the Past 50 Years" in 2012.
Andreas Bett - Associate Editor
Dr. Andreas W. Bett received the Dipl. Degree in physics and the degree in mathematics from the Albert Ludwigs-University, Freiburg, Germany in 1988 and 1989, respectively. The PhD degree in physics was obtained from the University in Konstanz, Germany in 1992. He joined the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, ISE in Freiburg, Germany in 1987. In 1993 he became the head of the group “III-V – epitaxy and solar cells”. Since 2007 he is head of the division “Materials – Solar Cells and Technology” and since 2009 he is deputy director of the institute. A part of his division is working on R&D for solar silicon materials. The research includes crystallization processes based on Czochralski, float-zone and vertical gradient freeze methods. The development of new wafering processes and epitaxial growth of Si to fabricate crystalline thin-film Silicon solar cells are also in the focus of this work. His own research was devoted to III-V semiconductor materials, characterization, solar cells and applications. He published more than 150 papers on these topics. Together with his team he developed the metamorphic growth concept and in 2009 he succeeded to overcome the 41 % efficiency barrier using a metamorphic GaInP/GaInAs/Ge triple-junction solar cell. This achievement was recognized when he was awarded with the 17th European Becquerel Prize for outstanding merits in photovoltaics in 2009. He contributed also on the development of the concentrator module and system technology. In an international effort he introduced together with colleagues from the Ioffe-Institute the FLATCON-concept. Moreover, later he industrialized this concept through co-founding the company Concentrix Solar, today Soitec Solar. In 2012 this achievement was honored when he and Hansjoerg Lerchenmueller were awarded with the high-ranked German Environmental Prize of the DBU for the outstanding contribution to commercialize the CPV technology. While he performs the research on the CPV system he worked to improve the reliability on module level and he became an acitve member in the IEC TC82 WG7 for standardization of CPV technologies. Further research was performed on the characterization techniques for multi-junction solar cells. This research includes new measurement methods and procedures to calibrate multi-junction solar cells and concentrator solar cells. Dr. Bett is also a member of the European PV Platform WG3 and contributes to the Strategic Research Agenda of Europe. He has organised several international conferences on the topic of CPV and TPV. He served in many scientific committees, among them for the International CPV conference, IEEE-PVSC EC-PVSEC, WCPEC.
David Cahen - Associate Editor
Andres Cuevas - Associate Editor
Neelkanth Dhere - Associate Editor
Alex Freundlich - Associate Editor
David S. Ginger - Associate Editor
Ivan Gordon - Associate Editor
L. Jay Guo - Associate Editor
Woo Kyoung Kim - Associate Editor
Patrizio Manganiello - Associate Editor
Antonio Marti - Associate Editor
Giovanni Petrone - Associate Editor
Nikolas J. Podraza - Associate Editor
Prof. Dr. Michael Powalla is Head of the Photovoltaics Division and Member of the Board at Zentrum für Sonnenenergie- und Wasserstoff-Forschung Baden-Württemberg (Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research, ZSW) in Stuttgart, Germany.
He holds a professorship for thin-film photovoltaics at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), located at the Light Technology Institute at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology.
Prof. Powalla has been working in the field of thin-film photovoltaics since 1991. He worked with silicides, transparent conductive oxides, metals, different nano materials and organic materials with a focus on CIGS thin-film solar cells, different preparation methods and up scaling issues.
After studying physics and finishing his PhD in electrical engineering, he became Head of the Department Photovoltaics: Materials Research (MAT) at ZSW Stuttgart. From 2007 through 2011, he was Managing Director of Würth Elektronik Research GmbH. In 2008, he was appointed Head of Photovoltaics Division and Member of the Board at ZSW. In this position, he is also responsible for photovoltaic module and system integration. Under his leadership, the ZSW researchers achieved the world record for thin-film solar cells with an efficiency of 20.3 percent in July 2010 for a CIGS cell with a size of 0.5 square centimeters.
Prof. Powalla’s activities at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) began 2003 with a regular series of lectures in photovoltaics at the then so-called University of Karlsruhe, Department of Mechanical Engineering. He is also involved in the Karlsruhe School of Optics and Photonics (KSOP), the Center for Functional Nanostructures (CFN) at KIT and the Shared Research Group on “Electronic properties of nano-scaled solar cells” at KIT.
He has been project leader and coordinator of numerous national and international projects (e.g. German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Federal Ministry for the Environment BMBF, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)): He was involved in the EUROCIS-II program as well as in the EU programs FP4 through FP7.
Prof. Powalla is a renowned expert in thin-film photovoltaics. His publications number about 210 in journals and conference proceedings, and he has held more than 17 invited talks at international conferences and colloquia since 2003. He is a member of the Scientific Committee of the European Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion (EU-PVSEC).
William N. Shafarman is a Senior Scientist at the Institute of Energy Conversion at the University of Delaware where he also has a secondary appointment as Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering. He received his B.S. degree in physics from the University of Delaware and his Ph.D. degree in physics from the University of Rochester. Dr. Shafarman's current research focuses on thin film deposition and the fabrication and analysis of polycrystalline thin film photovoltaics with a particular emphasis on copper indium diselenide (CIS) and related alloys. In this work, he has been principle investigator on many government and industrial contracts and research advisor to graduate students doing doctoral research in photovoltaics. He has been a member and team leader of the National CIS R&D Team and has collaborated extensively with many other university and industrial research groups. Dr. Shafarman is an author of over 150 technical publications, 2 book chapters, and 2 patents, has been an invited or plenary speaker at numerous conferences, and has served on organizing and program committees for several international conferences.
Ronald A. Sinton received his Ph.D in Applied Physics from Stanford University in 1987, following a B.S. from the University of Colorado in 1981. After a Research Associate position at Stanford, he was a founding member of SunPower Corp. before starting Sinton Instruments in 1992.
His early technical work at Stanford University included the demonstration of 28%-efficient silicon concentrator solar cells, and work on the device physics of high-injection solar cells including detailed device modeling, measurements of Auger recombination and carrier mobilities, the development of advanced passivation and emitter technologies, test and measurement equipment for carrier lifetime and efficiency measurements, and studies of solar-cell efficiency vs. design and process complexity. This led to simplified solar cell designs with efficiency comparable to the best devices. At SunPower, these technologies were moved towards manufacturing feasibility and commercialization.
At Sinton Instruments, the focus shifted first to consulting on projects such as the development of a NASA solar-power aircraft that exceeded 29,600 m in altitude and innovations leading to novel test and measurement instruments. The company now specializes in carrier lifetime measurements on silicon bricks, ingots, and wafers, solar cell IV testers, and solar module testers. Many of the instruments that are now quite standard within the industry were developed at Sinton Instruments, including the QSSPC method for studying bulk lifetime and surface passivations in wafers (1995), the standard methods for bulk lifetime measurements in ingots and bricks (2004), the Suns-Voc technique (1995), as well as the constant-charge method for accurately measuring high-efficiency n-type solar cells and modules in production(2005). These tools are in use at over 300 institutions and production facilities worldwide. Data from Sinton carrier-lifetime testers has been presented or cited in over 1000 scientific publications, creating a de-facto standard for lifetime measurements in silicon and a lifetime of fruitful collaborations with scientists, labs, and companies worldwide. These lifetime-test methods were incorporated into a SEMI Standard PV-13. Each of these techniques is solidly based on silicon device physics principles, facilitating extensive characterization results for studying the device physics of surface passivations and bulk lifetime supporting the growth of the silicon solar cell industry.
Dr. Sinton has coauthored over 100 publications in solar cell device physics and technology, 7 patents, and has participated in program committees for 4 conference series and reviews for 5 journals.
James R. Sites studies the device physics of low–cost polycrystalline thin-film solar cells. His photovoltaics lab makes precision electrical and optical measurements on solar cells fabricated by several partners in the U.S. and abroad. The goals are to separate the various solar-cell losses, to explain the losses on a fundamental basis, and to suggest strategies for improved solar–cell performance. Prof. Sites has an increasing leadership role in the thin–film solar–cell community. He has published 160 papers; 42 of his students have completed their M.S. degree and 26 their Ph.D. He is co-author of the chapter on CdTe in the Handbook of Photovoltaic Science and Engineering.
Dr. Franky So is a University of Florida Research Foundation Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Florida. He received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California. Dr. So is a Fellow of SPIE. His research interest is in the area of organic light emitting diodes, polymer solar cells and infrared sensors. He is an Associate Editor of IEEE Journal of Display Technology, SPIE Journal of Photonics for Energy and Materials Science and Engineering Reports. He has over 70 journal publications, 60 issued patents and over 30 patent applications pending. He has been the conference chair of the SPIE OLED Symposium since 2006. Dr. So received many awards and recognitions for his accomplishments. While at Motorola, he was given the Distinguished Innovator and the Master Innovator Awards. At the University of Florida, he was given the Innovation Award, the MSE Department Faculty Excellence Award. In 2011, he was named the University of Florida Research Foundation Professor. Working on a project sponsored by the Department of Energy, he was given the Significant Achievement Award in Solid State Lighting in 2009 and 2010.
Wilhelm Warta studied Physics in Würzburg and Stuttgart and received his PhD from the University of Stuttgart in 1985. He then joined the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, Freiburg, starting with research on excess carrier recombination in silicon. His research interests comprise development of characterization techniques and application for crystalline silicon materials and solar cells, silicon material properties and impact on solar cell performance, simulation of solar cells and cell processing as well as solar cell calibration with highest precision. At present, he is Department Head, Characterization and Simulation/CalLab in the Division Silicon Solar Cells – Development and Characterization.at the Fraunhofer ISE. He is author or co-author of more than 250 papers in reviewed journals and conferences.
Jiangeng Xue - Associate Editor
Prof. Jiangeng Xue received his B.S. and M.S. in physics from University of Science and Technology of China (USTC). He also received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University, researching in the field of organic electronics. After working as a Research Scientist at Global Photonic Energy Corporation for nearly a year, he joined the faculty at the University of Florida, where he is now a Full Professor in Materials Science and Engineering. At UF, he was also a University of Florida Research Foundation Professor (2013-2016) and served as the Associate Chair of the MSE department (2015-2017). His current research interests are broadly on the physics of organic and hybrid organic-inorganic electronic materials and their device applications for photovoltaics, photodetection, display, lighting, circuitry and sensing. Prof. Xue was a recipient of a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation and a Solar Energy Innovation Award from Princeton University, and was named as a Scialog Fellow by Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA) in 2011. He also received Significant Achievement Awards from the DOE Solid State Lighting Program in 2009 and 2010.
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Yang Yang holds a BS in Physics from the National Cheng-Kung University in Taiwan (1982), and he received his MS. and PhD in Physics and Applied Physics from the University of Massachusetts – Lowell in 1988 and 1992, respectively. Before he joined UCLA in 1997, he was a technical staff of UNIAX (now du Pont Display) in Santa Barbara from 1992-1996. Prof. Yang is now the Carol and Lawrence E. Tannas Jr. Endowed Chair Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at UCLA. He is a materials physicist with expertise in the fields of electronic organics, organic/inorganic interface engineering, and related devices, such as photovoltaic cells, LEDs, memory devices. His major contribution in the organic solar energy is in the understanding of polymer morphology and the influence on device performance; the invention of inverted organic solar cell, and inverted tandem solar cell; and photovoltaic polarizer for the LCDs. Together with Solarmer Energy Inc. (spun-off from UCLA) and Prof. Luping Yu of the University of Chicago, they have created several world record high efficiencies in organic solar cells. In addition to the organic solar cells, his group also heavily involved in the solution processible CIGS/CZTS solar cells. His group has achieved of ~11.2% PCE for the CISS solar cell via the hydrazine process.
Yang has received the following honors/awards: The Carol and Lawrence E. Tannas Jr. Endowed Chair in Engineering, July 2011; Top 11 Hot-Researchers in 2010, Science Watch (published by Thomas Reuters); Highest cited Paper in 2010, Advanced Functional Materials;
Highest cited Paper in 2008-2010, Journal of American Chemical Society (JACS); IEEE Photovoltaic Field Expert, 2009; Microelectronics Advanced Research Corporation Inventor Recognition Award, 2007; NSF Career Award: 1998; 3M Young Investigator Award, 1998.
He has published more than 240 peer-reviewed papers (including book chapters); 40 patents (filed or issued), and 120 invited talks. His H-Index is ~66 as September 2011.
Ahmed Faheem Zobaa (M’02-SM’04) received the B.Sc.(Hons.), M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical power and machines from Cairo University, Giza, Egypt, in 1992, 1997, and 2002, respectively. From 2007 to 2010, he was a Senior Lecturer in renewable energy with the University of Exeter, Cornwall, U.K. He was also an Instructor from 1992 to 1997, a Teaching Assistant from 1997 to 2002, and an Assistant Professor from 2003 to April 2008 with the Department of Electrical Power and Machines and the Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University, where he has also been an Associate Professor since April 2008. Currently, he is also a Senior Lecturer in power systems with Brunel University, Uxbridge, U.K. His main areas of expertise are lighting applications, power quality, ( marine) renewable energy systems, grid integration, smart grids and energy management.
Dr. Zobaa is an Editor-in-Chief for the International Journal of Renewable Energy Technology. He is also an Editorial Board member, Editor, Associate Editor, and Editorial Advisory Board member for many international journals. He is a registered Chartered Engineer, Chartered Energy Engineer, European Engineer, and International Professional Engineer. He is also a registered member of the Engineering Council U.K., Egypt Syndicate of Engineers, and the Egyptian Society of Engineers. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Energy Institute of U.K., the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers and the Higher Education Academy of U.K. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He is a member of the International Solar Energy Society, the European Society for Engineering Education, the European Power Electronics and Drives Association, the British Institute of Energy Economics, and the IEEE Standards Association.
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