The research activity mainly focuses on novel photovoltaic device concepts and the development of advanced multiphysics, multiscale tools for their analysis and design.
Our expertise covers: photonic management in III-V thin-film solar cells; electronic transport in nanostructured solar cells; architectures for III-V multiple junction cells and perovskite/silicon tandems; intermediate band solar cells; thermal management by radiative cooling techniques; dye-sensitized solar cells.
Our tools portfolio include the use of commercial tools (Synopsys TCAD Sentaurus; Rsoft - FullWave, DiffractMOD; COMSOL Multiphysics; nextnano) and in-house developed tools for advanced device and nanostructured materials.
Recent and ongoing funded projects:
- TFQD (H2020, 2016-2018) - Thin film light-trapping enhanced Quantum Dot photovoltaic cells: an enabling technology for high power-to-weight ratio space solar arrays.
- MIRACLE (H2020, 2021-2025) - Photonic Metaconcrete with Infrared RAdiative Cooling capacity for Large Energy savings
- PhANTOM (Seal of Excellence Marie Curie, 2023-2024) - Empowering Photovoltaics with Intermediate-Band Chalcogenides: From Atoms to New Tailored Optoelectronic Materials
Further research topics include quantum-dot infrared photodetectors and (opto)electronic devices for telecom and power applications.
- PE7_3 Simulation engineering and modelling
- PE7_5 (Micro and nano) electronic, optoelectronic and photonic components
- PE7_11 Components and systems for applications
- Solar cells
- Semiconductor device modeling