Head of Department
Quantum & Energy Materials
Sascha Sadewasser is currently the Head of the Department of Quantum & Energy Materials and is the Principal Investigator of the Laboratory for Nanostructured Solar Cells. Sascha is interested in developing materials and devices for photovoltaic electricity generation, for example for building-integrated photovoltaics, light-weight flexible solar cells, etc. He is an expert on Kelvin probe force microscopy, which he applies to the characterization of semiconductors and thin film solar cell materials. His group develops advanced concepts for chalcopyrite thin-film solar cells, ranging from passivation layers and micro-concentrator solar cells to quantum dot and nanowire concepts and 2D chalcogenide materials for optoelectronic applications.
Sascha Sadewasser holds a Diploma (1995) in Physics from the RWTH Aachen, Germany and a PhD (1999) from the Washington University St. Louis, MO (USA). He did a post-doc (1999-2003) at Hahn-Meitner Institute Berlin (Germany), and was a Ramón y Cajal scientist at the Centro Nacional de Microelectrónica in Barcelona (Spain) from 2003 to 2004. From 2005 until 2011 he was the group leader of the Nanoanalytics and Nanofabrication group at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (Germany) and the deputy head (2008-2011) of the Department for Heterogeneous Materialsystems. In 2011 he obtained his Habilitation in Experimental Physics from the Free University of Berlin (Germany). Since July 2011 he is the Principal Investigator of the Laboratory for Nanostructured Solar Cells (LaNaSC) at INL.
- N. Nicoara, R. Manaligod, P. Jackson, D. Hariskos, W. Witte, G. Sozzi, R. Menozzi, and S. Sadewasser
“Direct evidence for grain boundary passivation in Cu(In,Ga)Se2 solar cells through alkali-fluoride post deposition treatments”
Nature Commun. 10, 3980 (2019).
- N. Nicoara, Th. Lepetit, L. Arzel, S. Harel, N. Barreau, and S. Sadewasser
“Effect of the KF post-deposition treatment on grain boundary properties in Cu(In, Ga)Se2 thin films”
Scientific Reports 7, 41361 (2017).
- S. Sadewasser, P. Salomé, and H. Rodriguez-Alvarez
“Materials efficient deposition and heat management of CuInSe2 micro-concentrator solar cells”
Sol. Energy Mat. Sol. Cells 159, 496 (2017).
- H. Limborço, P.M.P. Salomé, J.P. Teixeira, D. Stroppa, R.-Ribeiro Andrade, N. Nicoara, K. Abderrafi, J. Leitão, J.C. González, and S. Sadewasser
“Synthesis and formation mechanism of CuInSe2 nanowires by one-step self-catalysed evaporation growth”
CrystEngComm 18, 7147 (2016).
- B. Vermang, J.T. Wätjen, Ch. Frisk, V. Fjällström, F. Rostvall, M. Edoff, P. Salomé, J. Borme, N. Nicoara, S. Sadewasser
“Introduction of Si PERC rear contacting design to boost efficiency of Cu(In,Ga)Se2 solar cells”
IEEE J. Photovoltaics 4, 1644 (2014).