2022 06 IEEE PVSC (microcontact approach)

We present a newly developed microcontact approach at the 49th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference. This approach allows the local transport measurements across individual grains and grain boundaries.

Thank you for your efforts in this project, mainly former members (David Magginetti and Kaden Powell), Yu-Lin, and Etee. We also thank our collaborators (First Solar, NREL) and the funding agencies (NSF, DOE).


2021 08 Yu-Lin wins an M&M Student Award!

A first-year graduate student, Yu-Lin (Nick) Hsu, won a Student Award at M&M (Microscopy and Microanalysis Conference; https://www.microscopy.org/MandM/2021/). We also congratulate our former graduate student, Kaden Powell, who had initiated this work.

Their project focuses on hybrid metal-halide perovskite solar cells. M&M is the largest international microscopy conference, often having over 1600 attendees. We are so proud of them. We thank our collaborators (Dr. Chongwen Li, Prof. Yanfa Yan at University of Toledo).

This work was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy under the DE-FOA-0002064 program award number DE-EE0008985 and the National Science Foundation (NSF CAREER 5850323).


2020 10 Publish a Journal Paper (MACE Pillars)

Yang/David’s paper is online now (Scientific Reports). Thank you for their dedication. We also thank to our collaborators.

Yang Qian, David J. Magginetti, Seokmin Jeon, Yohan Yoon, Tony L. Olsen, Maoji Wang, Jordan M. Gerton & Heayoung P. Yoon, “Heterogeneous optoelectronic characteristics of Si micropillar arrays fabricated by metal-assisted chemical etching”, Scientific Reports 10, 16349 (2020)



2019 12 ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces

Our Collaborative work with NIST and NRL is presented in an ACS paper.

“Unveiling Defect-Mediated Charge-Carrier Recombination at the Nanometer Scale in Polycrystalline Solar Cells”, Yohan Yoon, Wei-Chang D. Yang*, Dongheon Ha, Paul M. Haney, Daniel Hirsch, Heayoung P. Yoon, Renu Sharma, and Nikolai B. Zhitenev, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2019, 11, 50, 47037–47046 (2019); https://pubs.acs.org/doi/full/10.1021/acsami.9b14730