Photovoltaic Devices Committee

  • Photovoltaic Devices Committee Chair

    • Juzer Vasi
      Department of Electrical Engineering
      Indian Institute of Technology
      Bombay, Mumbai 400076
      Juzer Vasi is with the EE Department at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB), Mumbai. He has worked in in the areas of CMOS and Photovoltaic devices. He was co-founder of the National Centre for Photovoltaic Research and Education (NCPRE) at IITB, and is the Research Thrust Co-Lead for the Solar Energy Research Institute for India and the US (SERIIUS), a bi-national consortium project. His current area of research is photovoltaic module reliability.
      He is a Fellow of the IEEE and the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE). He was an Editor of IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices from 1996 to 2003, an EDS Distinguished Lecturer from 2001 to 2006, and Chair of the EDS Asia-Pacific SRC from 2005 to 2006.
      He obtained the B.Tech. degree in Electrical Engineering from IITB and a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University.
  • Photovoltaic Devices Committee Members

    • Antonia Sonia Cardoso

      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 is Associate Editor of the Elsevier journal Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. 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. 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, electric-vehicle technology, and solar materials/device engineering and testing.


    • Richard Corkish
       - Editor Fundamentals and New Concepts
      University of New South Wales
      School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering
      Sydney 2052
      Phone 1:
      61 2 938 54068

      61 2 938 57762
      Richard Corkish graduated with distinction as a Communications Engineer from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in 1986 then worked with the CSIRO Division of Radiophysics on satellite earth-station antenna design and testing before studying for the PhD degree under the supervision of Professor Martin Green at the University of New South Wales’ Centre for Photovoltaic Devices and Systems. After a brief period working with the Rainbow Power Company in Nimbin he has worked on solar cell theory, applications and education at UNSW. He is currently the Head of School at the School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering, UNSW.
    • Kristopher Davis
    • Li Hua
    • Lawrence Kazmerski
      National Renewable Energy Laboratory
      University of Colorado 1617
      Cole Boulevard
      Phone 1:
      (303) 524-0315

      Lawrence L. Kazmerski is Emeritus Research Staff Member of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, having last served as Executive Director, Science and Technology Partnerships at NREL 2009-2013. He is currently Research Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, with the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI). Previously, Kazmerski served as the founding Director of the National Center for Photovoltaics for the period 1999-2008. He received his B.S.E.E. (1967), M.S.E.E. (1968), and his Ph.D. degree (1970) in electrical engineering—all from the University of Notre Dame. He served in a postdoctoral position with the Atomic Energy Commission at the Notre Dame Radiation Research Laboratory, January through August 1971. He was on the electrical engineering faculty of the University of Maine before coming to SERI (NREL) in 1977. His research at Maine included NSF- and ERDA-funded work in thin-film photovoltaics and the report of the first thin-film copper-indium-diselenide (CIS) solar cell. He was SERI’s (NREL’s) first staff member in photovoltaics, hired specifically to establish efforts in the characterization of photovoltaic materials and devices; he led NREL efforts in measurements and characterization for more than 20 years.  Kazmerski has more than 320 publications and some 200 invited talks. His research interests included the DOE Office of Science Energy Frontiers Research Center (EFRC) at NREL dealing with “materials by design” (, for which he served as Project Integrator (2009-2012), and solar projects ranging from the rebuilding of the electricity infrastructure in Iraq through mitigating dust problems for PV collectors (with emphasis on the MENA countries).  He served as the Co-Director of the Joint US-India Joint Clean Energy Research and Development Center (“Solar Energy Research Institute for India and the U.S.” or SERIIUS – ).  Currently, he is involved with PV reliability R&D supported by the government of Brazil—especially dealing with soiling issues and mitigation with various PV technologies – . At CU, he serves as the Program Integrator for the CU “Sunshot Initiative” program on perovskite materials and solar cells. He has been recognized with several national and international awards, including the World PV Prize, the IEEE William R. Cherry Award, the AVS Peter Mark Memorial Award, and the ASES Charles Greeley Abbot Award. In November 2013, Kazmerski was presented the ISES Christopher A. Weeks Award for contributions in accelerating PV research, development, and deployment around the world. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the APS, a Fellow of the AVS, and a Fellow of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES). Kazmerski holds joint research (renewable energy) faculty appointments at the University of Southampton, the Chinese Academy of Science, and the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais (Brasil)—and most recently, as a Distinguished Visiting Professor with IIT-Bombay (working with their PV efforts). In 2017, Kazmerski became a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE EDS. Kazmerski is a member (elected 2005) of the National Academy of Engineering.



    • Hassan Qasem
    • Angèle H.M.E. Reinders
      University of Twente
      Design, Production and Management Faculty of CTW
      PO Box 217
      Enschede 7500 AE
      The Netherlands
      Phone 1:
      31 53 489 3681

      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.
    • Charles Surya
       - Optoelectronics Devices
      Hong Kong Polytechnic University
      Electronic and Information Engineering
      Yuk Choi Road
      Hong KongHong Kong
      Phone 1:
      852 2766 6220

      852 2362 4711

      Charles Surya received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rochester in 1987. From 1987 to 1994 he was associated with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of Northeastern University.  He joined the Electronic and Information Engineering (EIE) Department in 1994 and remained there since.  Professor Surya’s research interests are: optoelectronic materials and devices including MOCVD growth of GaN thin films and the study of GaN-based LEDs and UV detectors; growth of organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite materials and the fabrication of advanced perovskite based photovoltaic cells; and low-frequency noise in electron devices. Presently, Professor Surya is spearheading a collaborative effort between The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the City of Dongguan, China for the establishment of an R&D Center on the study of photovoltaic materials, devices and systems.  He became a full professor of the Department in 2002andsince 2013hewas appointed Clarea Au Endowed Professor in Energy.  Professor Surya had served in various administrative posts including Associate Head of the EIE Department (2002-2005), Associate Dean of the Faculty of Engineering (2007 – 2010) and the Acting Dean of the Faculty of Engineering (2010 – 2012) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.  While serving as the Associate Dean and Acting Dean of the Faculty he was responsible for the implementation of outcome-based approach in the Engineering Faculty.  From 2007 – 2013 Professor Surya was the The Hong Kong Polytechnic University representative to the Hong Kong University Grants Council Panel for Outcome-based Education to oversee the implementation of Outcome-based Approach among the Engineering Faculties in Hong Kong.  He had been active in EDS and had served in various capacities including conference co-chair and chapter chair in the past.  He is presently serving as the Chairman of the Optoelectronic Devices Technical Committee.

    • Sunit Tyagi
      Intel India Technology
      136 Airport Road
      Bangalore 560066
      Phone 1:
      +1 91 988 046 3442

    • Michael Walls
      Phone 1:
      +44 (0)1509 635201

      Michael Walls is Professor of Photovoltaics for Power Systems in the Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST) at Loughborough University in UK. He is responsible for photovoltaics device research within CREST and his research focus is in thin film photovoltaics.
      Professor Walls started his career at Loughborough University in the Physics Department where he specialized in surface and thin films research and set up a surface analysis facility which provided a successful service to UK industry using a variety of techniques including Auger electron spectroscopy, XPS, Dynamic SIMS and Laser Microprobe.
      In 1984, he moved into industry in Technical Director and then Managing Director roles within VG Instruments plc (now Thermo-Fisher Scientific). His team at VG was the first to develop the gallium Focused Ion Beam (FIB) technology and the world’s first Imaging Time-of-Flight SIMS. VG Instruments won the Queen’s Award for Export Achievement in 1987. He then went on to found a series of high technology companies involved in thin film optical coating, thermal management systems and atom probe instrumentation. In 1996, one of these companies, Applied Vision Ltd, won the Queen’s Award for Technological Achievement for pioneering the use of magnetron sputtering to deposit anti-reflection coatings on ophthalmic lenses. Applied Vision Ltd was later acquired by the BOC Group in 2001.
      Professor Walls returned to Loughborough in 2009. In 2012 he became the Director of the £5m EPSRC Supergen Solar Hub and was awarded the 2012 Award for Research and Development by “SOLAR”. He is a member of the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) UK PV Strategy Group and Co-Chair of its Innovation Task Force. He is an active member of the Ion and Plasma Surface Interactions (IPSI) Group of the Institute of Physics and is organizer of the “Advances in Photovoltaics” meeting held annually in London. He is currently Chairman of Applied Thermal Control Ltd which he co-founded in 1995, and non-executive Director of Power Vision Ltd, which he co-founded in 2009.
      He has more than 100 publications including 3 books and 15 patents. His current research includes: Current research topics include: High efficiency thin film CdTe photovoltaics by magnetron sputtering; Laser ablation/inkjet interconnect manufacturing processes for thin film solar cells; Low cost integrated PV in double glazed windows using CdTe bifacial solar cells; Reclaimed Silicon wafers for Photovoltaics.
      He is a member of the International Advisory Board of the IEEE Photovoltaics Specialist Conference (PVSC), and in this connection, he is a regular attendee at the IEEE PVSC conferences every year.