UNSW School of Photovoltaic & Renewable Energy Engineering
High efficiency solar cells by nanophotonic design
Albert Polman - FOM Institute AMOLF


Albert Polman, at UNSW SPREE, 16 February 2016

Albert Polman (59Min)

FOM Institute AMOLF

Albert Polman speaks at UNSW SPREE

Abstract

We will show how nanostructured dielectric and metallic metasurface and metamaterial architectures can help to control the coupling, trapping and conversion of light in solar cells. We show how these nanophotonic concepts can be applied on wafer-Si, thin-film Si, GaAs, CIGS, and polymer cells. Advanced soft-imprint techniques enable the fabrication of these nano-designs at the square-kilometer level.

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Brief Bio

Albert Polman is scientific group leader at the FOM Institute AMOLF in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where he heads the Program “Light management in new photovoltaic materials”. He is professor of Photonic materials for photovoltaics at the University of Amsterdam. Polman obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Utrecht in 1989, was post-doctoral researcher at AT&T Bell Laboratories until 1991 and then became group leader at AMOLF, where he also served as director from 2006-2013. In 2003 he spent a sabbatical year at Caltech.

Polman's research focuses on nanophotonics, with special emphasis on light management in solar cells and optical metamaterials. He has published over 250 papers that are cited over 20.000 times. Polman is co-founder of Delmic BV, a startup company that commercializes a cathodoluminescence microscopy technique developed by Polman and his group. He is member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), Fellow of the Materials Research Society (MRS), and recipient of an ERC Advanced Investigator Grant (2010), the ENI Renewable Energy Prize (2012), the Physica Prize of the Dutch Physical Society (2014), the Julius Springer Award for Applied Physics (2014) and the MRS Innovation in Materials Characterization Award (2014).


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