Svetlana van Nieuwkasteele-Bystrova

Solar cells are arguably the best answer to the global energy problem. The improved control of surfaces and interfaces of solar cells can lead to higher power output, a topic of widespread academic and industrial interest. In this project we will study the benefit of newly developed thin-film techniques, originally designed for integrated-circuit manufacturing, in photovoltaic cell production. The emphasis will be on surface treatments with radicals during the fabrication, aiming towards a lower carrier recombination in solar cells and a lower contact resistance in solar cell metallization.