Christiana Honsberg (Bio)


  • Solar cell efficiency limits
  • Ultra-high efficiency solar cells
  • Silicon solar cells
  • Education pedagogy



Stuart Bowden (Bio)


  • Crystalline silicon solar cells
  • Silicon heterojunction solar cells

Bill Dauksher

  • Silicon-based solar cells
  • Process development, optimization, and control
  • Materials characterization
  • Tool installation and qualification

Nikolai Faleev

  • Molecular Beam Epitaxy of III-V Compounds, Quantum Wells and Quantum Dots Structures;
  • Material Characterization of Epitaxial Structures, focused on High Resolution XRD, TEM and AFM;
  • Crystalline Defects in Epitaxial Structures: types, density and spatial distribution, correlations with growth conditions. Effect of crystalline defects on physical properties of epitaxial structures. Prediction of crystal perfection; optimization of grown conditions and design of device structures.

Clarence Tracy

  • Materials and processes for silicon solar cells
  • Group IV nanowire devices and processing
  • Silicon nanoelectronics


Post-Doctural Researchers

Som Nath Dahal

Stanislau Herasimenka (Bio)

  • Heterojunction silicon solar cells

Jongwon Lee

  • Silicon nano-structured solar cells


Graduate Students

Mark Bailly


  • Graduate Research Assistant / Ph.D. Student
  • Selective laser ablation of thin film stacks on silicon

Pradeep Balaji


JeaYoung Choi

  • Silicon Quantum Dots
  • Nanostructured Surfaces 

Joe Karas


  • Graduate Research Assistant / Ph.D. Student
  • Metal plating and crystalline silicon solar cell metalization

Sangpyeong Kim


  • Graduate Research Assistant / Ph.D. Student
  • Enhanced light trapping for thin silicon solar cells

Yeongho Kim

  • MBE growth of advanced solar cells

Anand Krishnan


  • Ph.D. Student
  • Phospho-silicate glass films and doped silicon nitride films on silicon solar cells

Abhishek Kumar

  • Statistical Process Control

James Lebeau


  • Graduate Research Assistant / Ph.D. Candidate
  • Subsurface laser machining of semiconductors and transparent dielectrics

Aymeric Maros

  • III-V solar cells

Parth Mistry

  • Statistical Process Control

Tanmay Monga

  • Crystalline silicon solar cells

Katherine Nelson

  • PV instructional and curricular tool development
  • Motivational Psychology and Engineering Education

Jaewon Oh


  • Graduate Research Associate / Ph.D. Candidate
  • Reliability and characterization of crystalline silicon solar cells/modules

Tim Reblitz

  • Crystalline silicon solar cells
  • eTraveller

Sabit Shudanov

Justin Smith

  • III-V solar cells

Apoorva Srinivasa


Natasa Vulic

  • High efficiency silicon solar cells
  • Building integrated photovoltaics

Joshua Williams

  • III-Nitride growth and characterization 

Shujian Xue

  • Crystalline silicon solar cells

Chaomin Zhang

  • III-V solar cells

Yongjie Zou

  • III-V solar cells
  • Modeling and simulation of carrier transport in nanostructures


Undergraduate Students (FURI, Honors & Senior Design)

Antony Aguilar

James Brady

Zachary Kiefer


  • Undergraduate Research Assistant
  • Mono- and multi-crystalline texturing research / student-led pilot line
  • Outdoors and cycling enthusiast - bike commuter

Edward Lebeau

Luc Reboulet

Adric Rukkila

  • Undergraduate Software Engineer
  • Solar cell module testing software / website administration

Joseph Schmidt

Bethany Smith

Kevin Tyler


  • Undergraduate Research Aide
  • Metalization and encapsulation of wire connected modules


Graduated Undergraduate Students

Matthew Buresh, Joe Carpenter, Alejandra Casillas, Billy Gardiner, Akash Khare, Derek Lam, Kevin LaRosa, Jacob Marshall, Michelle Martinez, Clay Ozaki-Train, John Wallstrom


Visiting Scholars (Past and Present)

Nicole Kotulak

Derek (Deming) Zhang



Michael A. Awaah (Visiting Scientist Summer 2011)

Adam Bailey

Keun-Yong Ban (Senior MOCVD scientist at MicroLink Devices, Inc)

Bhumika Chhabra (Micron Technologies Solar Division)

Som Dahal (stealth photovoltaic startup, New York)

Kunal Ghosh (IIT India)

Vivek Sharma (Intel Corporation)

Jeremy Wendte (Installing solar in Bangladesh)

Qun Yang (Freescale Semiconductor)


Affiliated Researchers

We work with many researchers nationally and internationally through the QESST ERC (