Alessandro Cavalli

Research Fellow
Nanostructured Solar Cells

Alessandro is a material scientist with broad experience in photovoltaic cells and in the deposition and characterization of nanowires. He joined INL in 2019 as a European Commission Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Individual Fellow (IF) with a proposal titled CIGNUS – CuInGaSe Nanowires Under the Sun. His work is focused on developing novel nanostructures based on CIGS materials towards solar cells application.

Before joining INL, he obtained a BSc from the University of Milano – Bicocca in Italy, and an MSc in the same institution with a master thesis on “Thermoelectric properties of semiconductor nanowires”, carried out in the group of Prof. Gerhard Abstreiter at TU Muenchen (Germany). Afterwards, he obtained a PhD at the Eindhoven University of Technology (The Netherlands) under the supervision of Prof. Erik Bakkers, Prof. Jos Haverkort, and Dr Erik Garnett, with a thesis titled “Growth of nanowire solar cells”. He then moved to NREL in Colorado, USA in 2017, to work on III-V solar cells in the groups of Dr Aaron Ptak and Dr John Geisz, developing growth of PV devices on reused substrates and novel front contact metallization schemes.

Selected Publications