Professor Andres Cuevas

Professor Andres Cuevas, Fellow IEEE (2014),PhD (Univ Politecnica Madrid, 1980), M Eng (Telecommunications, U. Pol. Madrid, 1976) has held academic positions at the universities of Madrid (PhD 1980), Stanford (Fulbright Fellow 1989) and ANU (since 1993). He has 45 years of experience in silicon solar cell R&D and has made numerous contributions to it, both experimental and theoretical, He is one of the most influential scientists in the field, as attested by 18,000 citations to his more than 400 publications (h factor 63) and by the award of the Becquerel Prize for Outstanding Merits in Photovoltaics in 2015.

Prof. Cuevas played a significant role in the development of the Bachelor of Engineering degree at the Australian National University. In addition to developing and teaching many courses on electronics and renewable energy, he held leadership positions in both undergraduate and postgraduate education, such as Convenor of the Graduate Program in Engineering, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Engineering, Head of Engineering, Convenor of the Bachelor of Engineering (Research and Development) and Discipline Chair of Renewable Energies. He also taught courses on Electronic Devices at the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid from 1980 to 1993.

 

Andres Cuevas has contributed to the scientific and technological advancement of silicon solar cells since 1976. His work spans the physics and theoretical modelling of solar cells, the electronic properties of silicon and its surfaces, and the development of carrier-selective passivating contact technologies for a new generation of silicon solar cells. His research group at the ANU has been at the forefront of silicon PV technology for many years, with significant contributions across the areas of silicon materials, surface passivation, and device fabrication. With co-workers he has contributed to the characterisation of defects and impurities in silicon, the improvement of multicrystalline and upgraded metallurgical silicon, the determination of the fundamental limits to bulk recombination and solar cell efficiency, the development of effective surface passivation materials and techniques, the quantification of heavy doping effects, and the development of novel passivating contacts and carrier-selective conductors for high performance silicon solar cells. He has contributed to the physics of solar cells, clarifying common misconceptions and deriving theoretical and computer models to support conceptual understanding. He has collaborated extensively, both with research institutes and the PV industry.

 

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