Thin Film PV Research Group: Current and Alumni

The Thin Film PV research group performs research on hybrid organic-inorganic perovskite halides PV materials and devices. Current research materials include the study and the development of methylammonium lead tri-iodide CH3NH3PbI3 perovskites absorbers, spiro-OMeTAD, P3HT, ZnO, ITO, TiO2, Mo, Ag, Al, and Au. Materials are deposited using different deposition techniques, ranging from spin coating, chemical bath deposition, rf and dc sputtering, and thermal evaporation. Materials are characterized and studied using several tools, and techniques including SEM, XRD, UV-Vis, Raman, Hall, PL, XPS, AFM and 4 point probe. Tandem devices and single crystal perovskites are also being investigated. Subrate and superstrate PV devices are designed, fabricated, characterized and tested. Light and dark JV measurements are performed, followed by external quantum efficiency.

Shaimum Shahriar

“Characterization and Analysis of Structural and Optical Properties of Perovskite Thin Films” in 42th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference Proceedings, 2015.

Vanessa Castaneda

"Optimization of Aluminum-doped Zinc Oxide Thin Films via Variances in Annealing Temperature", UTEP Graduate School Research Expo, 2015.

Manuel Martinez

"Effects of Processing Parameters on Zinc Oxide Thin Films Prepared by Single Solution Deposition," MRS Advances, 2016.                        

Jose Galindo

“Low Cost Spin Coating Fabrication of Efficient Perovskite Thin Film Layers” in 42th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference Proceedings, New Orleans, LA, 2015.

Donato Kava

“Spin Coating Thin Film CZTS for Efficient, Low-Cost Solar Cells on Flexible Glass Substrates”, AVS 62nd International Symposium, San Jose, CA, 2015.

Valerie Vidal

"Compton Imaging and Filtered Back-projection Reconstruction using 3-D Position Sensitive CZT Detectors", BNL, Upton, NY, 2016.